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Beaver Creek’s First Snow!



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Vail Resorts Announces Epic Discovery


With Epic Discovery, summer in Vail will never be the same! Vail Resorts is creating an entirely new summer experience where adventure, education and nature balance and elevate one another.

Launching in 2014, Epic Discovery is designed to connect kids and families with our national forests in an active, fun and engaging way. Vail Resorts, the largest ski company in the United States, will work with The Nature Conservancy on interpretive aspects of the eco-discovery experiences. The proposal includes a number of new activities, Game Creek and Front Side Zip Line Tours, Adventure Ridge Challenge Tour, Micro-Interpretive Centers for Education, More Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails, Family Forest Adventure Park, Forest Flyer™,Game Creek Deck and Lookout Tower, Segway Trails and Tours. The extensive environmental and interpretive programming, offers everyone unique opportunities to try new outdoor activities, challenge themselves physically, discover an appreciation for nature and create lasting family memories.

Click below to visit the Epic Discovery Website:

Epic Discovery Website



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Scout the Stage Citizen’s Ride Offers Preview of USA Pro Challenge Stage 4 Route to Beaver Creek Finish Aug. 23

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (Aug. 3, 2012) – Vail Valley cycling enthusiasts have  the unique opportunity to ride part of the USA Pro Challenge Stage 4 course for the Scout the Stage Ride on Thursday, Aug. 23, just prior to the pros who will ride the same route a few hours later. Citizen riders can choose to start from either Leadville or Minturn and will finish in Beaver Creek Village, crossing the same finish line as the pros.
Scout the Stage allows a maximum of 400 riders to have the chance to experience a race-like ride through the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, along the official race route without the actual pressure of competition. Cyclists who start in Leadville will ride the 40-mile course, tackling the UPC King of the Mountain climb up and over Battle Mountain before descending into Minturn, where hoards of fans are expected and a special Farmer’s Market will take place as the route continues up to Beaver Creek. The Minturn start provides an 11-mile course and all 400 riders will have the special privilege of powering past thousands of race fans who will be lined up alongside the course to cheer on the pros.
The last 300 meters of the Beaver Creek climb will be on a closed course up and through the adorned USA Pro Challenge finish line. Scout the Stage riders then can explore the event Expo area and participate in the many activities planned throughout the afternoon in Beaver Creek Village as they await the finish of the top riders who are expected to cross the finish line between 3:30-3:50 p.m.

Scout the Stage Route Options:
Leadville 40-mile course: 10 a.m. start. Estimated finish between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. depending on ability.
Minturn 11-mile course: 11 a.m. start time. Estimates finish between 11:30- 2 p.m. depending on ability.

Rules:  The Scout the Stage ride will be a mass start ride at official sprint lines in Leadville and Minturn with a neutral escort out of both start towns.  After the neutral start the ride will revert to a rules of the road ride on open roads until the finish line in Beaver Creek.  The last 300 meters of the ride will take place on a fully closed course.

Registration for Scout the Stage is $100 and space is limited to 400 riders. All participants will receive a limited edition Scout the Stage jersey and a gift bag. For details and to register visit For complete details on all of the events and activities taking place at Beaver Creek during the USA Pro Challenge on Aug. 23, visit

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Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend

On Monday afternoon, our wonderful friend and companion, Sadie, a flat coated retriever mix, passed away.  Sadie was 16 years old and had been a part of our household for over 14 years.  She managed to leave on her own terms.  We had finally decided to have the vet come visit and help Sadie along.  However, about an hour before the vet arrived, Sadie, surrounded by friends and family, took a big stretch, looked at Kim for the last time, and quit breathing.

Sadie was never “just a dog.”  She was a gentle soul who loved everyone unconditionally.  She loved her walks, was a great hiker (summitted several 14ers), a hunter, and a lover.  She left us with many, many wonderful memories.  We buried her in the Nottingham Family Pet Cemetery in Avon next to her good friend Bonnie.  It is a beautiful spot near the Eagle River.  There is a photo below of the sun setting over her grave.  She will be sorely missed.  I am a better person for having had Sadie in my life.

The photos below clearly show how much Sadie was an important part of our family.  The bottom photo was taken recently.  It shows Molly looking for Sadie, her soul sister, at the top of Mt. Sherman in Colorado.  We know she is out there somewhere.

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Climbed Mt. Sherman with Some Fellow Brokers from Prudential & Friends

Thursday, 7/27/12, nine of us climbed Mt. Sherman, one of the easier 14ers.  We accessed the trail head from the Fairplay side.  We were able to park at 12,000 ft. so the hike was about 2,000 ft. elevation gain over 3 miles.   It is all above treeline and skirts several old mine sites.  The final 1/2 mile is along a knife-edge that is a somewhat frightening but there is little danger of falling.  We left the trail head about 7:30 and summitted 2 hours later.  It was a beautiful day and we had a great time.

The first photo is near the summit and shows my buddy Todd Morrison.   The second photo is of Molly looking for her soul sister, Sadie, who was her hiking buddy until she got too old to accompany us anymore.  The third photo is of the group on the summit and the final photo was back at the vehicles enjoying some cold adult beverages.

The group was made of of 3 Prudential brokers, myself, Jim Green, and Dave Whitman.  Dave’s girlfriend Stacey, my friends Todd Morrison and Tom Jenkins, and Jim’s friends Brian, Pat, and Kate completed the group.   A fun day was had by all.






















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Darius Rucker – A Great Concert at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater (minus the rain)

Kim and I attended the recent Darius Rucker concert at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado.  This is the third year Darius has played a benefit concert for the Steadman Hawkins Research Center in Vail.  It was also the third time Kim and I attended.

Darius puts on a great concert, full of energy with amazing clarity.  Of course, the GFA is a great venue to view the concert.  However, as it happened last year, it rained for almost the entire concert.  But Kim and I are veterans and came prepared to sit on the grass and deal with the rain.  So we managed to stay dry while enjoying the concert.

The place was packed.  Hopefully Darius will return next year.

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Vail sweeps T+L’s World’s Best Hotels with Top 3 in Continental U.S. – Vail Business Journal


Kim Marquis | Mon., July 9, 2012

VAIL—The newly renovated Osprey at Beaver Creek was named Best Resort in the Continental U.S. in Travel + Leisure’s annual reader survey released Friday.

Two additional Vail-area hotels — The Sebastian in Lionshead and Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek — were second and third on the prestigious list. Both the Osprey and Pines Lodge are RockResorts properties, the luxury lodging company owned by Vail Resorts.

“We are honored to have two of our RockResorts properties at the top of the Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey,” Broomfield-based RockResorts CEO James O’Donnell said in a statement. “Our teams strive to ensure our guests have a true experience of a lifetime whether staying with us in our hotel properties or enjoying our iconic mountain resorts like Beaver Creek.”

The Osprey is a mere 26 feet from the Strawberry Park Express chair lift. It was recently renovated to reflect contemporary design and luxury amenities, including an award-winning gourmet tapas bar and restaurant. The intimate, 60-room Pines Lodge is located on the slopes at Beaver Creek Resort.

The Sebastian in the Vail Village dubs itself a boutique hotel with 100 rooms and seven suites. It is owned by Timbers Resorts, which also owns Dancing Bear in Aspen and One Timbers Place in Steamboat Springs.

This marks the first year for all three Vail-area hotels to appear on the magazine’s “Best” hotels list. Also appearing were the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch (No. 8), The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs (No. 22), Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa (No. 30), and the Four Seasons Resort in Vail (No. 33).

The survey ranks readers’ favorite hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, car rental agencies, spas, safari outfitters and tour operators. Winners will be featured in the August online and print editions.

This year’s survey showed that the allure of the exotic and the new remains as strong as ever, according to Travel+Leisure Editor-in-Chief Nany Novogrod.

“Along with great service, our readers crave adventure and the outdoors, reflected in their selection of this year’s top three resorts in the Continental U.S., all located in Colorado mountain towns,” Novogrod said in a statement.

The survey among the magazine’s readers took place from Dec. 1, 2011 to March 31. Travel + Leisure covers culture, food, style and design, and has the largest audience among travel magazines.


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