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  1. On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: In the Wednesday, April 12 edition of On the Hill, Vail Daily on snow corespondent John LaConte is joined by snowboard cross racer Senna Leith, who recently learned he has won the North America Cup overall title this season. [swift-iframe src=”https://player.vimeo.com/video/213031493?autoplay=1″ width=”640″ height=”360″ style=”border: 0px;”] John LaConte is riding a Hovland Buckshot snowskate in today’s episode of On the Hill. Use promocode: VailDaily for $25 off your purchase at hovlandsnowskates.com …

  2. GYPSUM — It was a good day to be a Haley as Eagle Valley hosted Battle Mountain girls lacrosse on Wednesday in Gypsum.The Huskies’ Haley Frischholz scored four goals, including the 100th of her career. Meanwhile, the Devils’ Haley Carpenter went on a second-half rampage — four in the final 25 minutes and six overall — as Eagle Valley erased a 6-2 halftime deficit for a 7-6 win. “That was so great,” Carpenter said. “We haven’t beaten them in forever. It’s been a while.”Specifically when is a matter for debate.“The last time I can remember beating Battle Mountain is when …

  3. The joys of being a patrol officer are often expressed in the little moments. An impromptu football toss with some kids in the park; a chat with an elderly woman walking her dog; stepping out of the car and having a young child run up to give you a hug; letting a group of kids switch on the police lights and giggle with excitement; noticing someone in need and connecting them with those who can help; volunteering at a community event… It is truly a privilege to work in this place we call home.Living in Eagle County can make …

  4. Many of us are excited to get outside and enjoy the 500-plus miles of trail we are fortunate to recreate on in the Vail Valley. On the trail we may encounter a number of different user groups which may include mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners and equestrians. Even though we may use different methods of travel on the trail, there’s a good chance we are all using the trail for some of the same reasons. Trails can be an escape to get outside, appreciate our environment, exercise, social engagement, adventure, and for plain old fun. As we quickly move into …

  5. EAGLE COUNTY — It’s springtime in the Rockies and as mountain meadows begin to turn green it starts to look like everything is waking up after a long winter’s rest. That includes the valley’s ursine residents.Local bears are venturing out of their dens following their winter hibernation and that means its time for humans to take a bit of extra care.“The first week or two out of the den, they are wandering around to get their organs working again,” said Craig Wescoatt, of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Left to their own devices, bears will start their post-hibernation diet by munching …

  6. VAIL — Mayor Dave Chapin Wednesday announced the search for a new Vail town manager has been narrowed to three finalists.The candidates will travel to Vail for a series of interviews which are taking place Tuesday and Wednesday. The itinerary will include a community meet-and-greet reception with the candidates, scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Donovan Pavilion: 1600 S. Frontage Road West. Members of the public are encouraged to stop by to learn more about the three contenders:David BuckinghamDavid Buckingham has worked as the City Manager of Morro Bay, a destination and resort community on the Central Coast …

  7. AVON — After meeting at the University of Alabama, Jeff Kennedy, Ben Gilbert and Mike Fernandez instantly became friends and had a mutual interest in all things Southern, including barbecue, blues, college football and whiskey. While in Tuscaloosa, they learned to fire roast meats from local legend Moses Day.In 2001, the founders reconnected in Vail while all working at different restaurants. They wanted to start their own concept, so they rummaged through a landlord’s junkyard in search of some sort of barbecue pit. What they found was 500-gallon diesel barrel and a single-wide mobile home trailer. They cut the barrel …

  8. VAIL — Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Chuchito Valdes, like his father, the great Chucho Valdes and grandfather, Bebo Valdes, possessed an uncanny knack for playing the piano from the start. Nearly 50 years later, he remains inseparable from the instrument. When not touring or performing, not a day goes by in which Chuchito isn’t thirsty for some time on the keys.Chuchito’s foray into the profession began after attending the musical school of Cuban legend Ignacio Cervantes, whom Chuchito names along with his father and grandfather as an inspiration. He began performing at age 16 with Cuban vocalists Pello …

  9. Steak frites is French for steak and fries, and although the dish’s roots are European, Americans know meat and potatoes. It’s basic, yes, but when a restaurant can do simple right, it stands out. Splendido at the Chateau in Beaver Creek has had steak frites on its bar menu for years. And while several restaurants around the valley are adding their own variations of this classic to their menus, Splendido chef-owner Brian Ackerman believes the dish will never be a trend but consistently a classic and always a comfort food. “We like to have an option for people who don’t …

  10. VAIL — We live on a pretty interesting planet — at least that’s what beings from others worlds tell people when they visit.“Contactees are told earth is a treasure trove of life,” said UFO expert Dr. Joan Bird.Bird is presenting “Montana UFOs and Extraterrestrials” tonight at 6 p.m. at the Vail Public Library. That will be followed Friday morning by a workshop that will delve deeper into the subject.Many UFO sightings can be conventionally explained, Bird says, but a few reports cannot, by neither government nor private investigations. Bird uses Montana events to illustrate different aspects of the phenomenon. Extraterrestrials …

  11. EAGLE COUNTY — Edwards resident Ryan Wachendorfer finished atop the field at the snowboarding national championships and a long list of locals were behind him in various events. Copper Mountain played host to the final USASA event of the year during the past week and Snowboard Club Vail showed how comfortable they were at the nearby resort with regular podium appearances across a variety of ages and disciplines throughout the contest. Coach Casey Lehmicke said they were proud to see athletes on podiums in almost all areas — halfpipe, slopestyle, snowboard cross and the racing events. “Pretty much every American …

  12. VAIL — International Ski Federation racing wrapped up at Golden Peak this weekend with the final race of the year for most athletes. Monday’s FIS race at Golden Peak was a double slalom as one of the scheduled slaloms was canceled Sunday and held instead on Monday in doubleheader format. Eric Read, of Canada, won the first race of the day for the men with two-run combined time of 1:32.2. Alex Leever, a former Ski & Snowboard Club Vail ski racer who now competes for Denver University, finished eighth in the race. Leever and Read are roommates. “I gotta lay …

  13. VAIL — Karen Ghent said she was feeling a little nostalgic on Monday.The longtime Ski & Snowboard Club Vail employee was helping organize her last race as the club’s alpine program director.“It’s been really a fun challenge to build a culture on our staff and work with the little guys,” she said. “I think I do have a pretty good impact on them, so I will miss that for sure. So it is a little nostalgic, it’s a little bittersweet.”Ghent has spent more than two decades with the club and has watched the alpine program grow to become the best …

  14. Competitive climbing as a high school sport is relatively new to the scene, but with the addition of climbing to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, it is sure to gain momentum in the next several years. Five Vail Valley athletes, representing three different local high schools, qualified for and attended the state championships in Grand Junction recently. This was the first year these athletes entered the Colorado State High School series and their results were impressive.After a season of local competitions, climbers were invited to compete in one of five regional championships to qualify for the state championships. Battle Mountain …

  15. VAIL — A win’s a win for Vail Mountain School, and a goal’s a goal for Luke Verratti.Eagle Valley went toe-to-toe with the Gore Rangers on Tuesday in Vail, but the Western League leaders downed the Devils, 12-9. Verratti scored five goals and added one assist for the Gore Rangers, including his 200th career point.“All I know is it’s 50 points a season for four years, and that’s ridiculous,” said Eagle Valley coach Boomer Devlin.Verratti set up behind the net on VMS’ opening possession and made a run to the front. With one quick step, the senior found some space …

  16. EAGLE — Five years ago, the pasture immediately east of Eagle was the hot topic of community conversation as voters prepared for a referendum about the proposed Eagle River Station development.This week, for the first time in months, there was some action at the Eagle River Station site — albeit a modest one. New signs have been erected at the property, directing interested parties to call RED, the development company, “for information.”RED DevelopmentAccording to Jeff McMahon, RED Development managing partner for architecture and engineering, a “for information” sign is not a “for sale” sign.“There is no change of status on …

  17. After a quarter century of writing stories about outdoor adventures and adventurers around Colorado, I’m often asked who or what is the most memorable. It might seem like a tough question to answer, considering the cast of characters roaming our somewhat legendary region of the Rockies. But, invariably, it comes back to the blind guy from Golden, Erik Weihenmayer, who achieved the unbelievable when he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest in 2002. Despite a local propensity to frolic at elevations upwards of 14,000 feet, it’s difficult for most of us to comprehend hiking to an altitude more than …

  18. On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: In the Tuesday, April 11 edition of On the Hill, Vail Daily on snow corespondent John LaConte delivers his daily video conditions report on Vail’s Bear Tree run, which is located at the bottom of the mountain and is still seeing a solid base of white snow heading into the final 10 days of the season. [swift-iframe src=”https://player.vimeo.com/video/212667202?autoplay=1″ width=”640″ height=”360″ style=”border: 0px;”] John LaConte is riding a Hovland Buckshot snowskate in today’s episode of On the Hill. Use promocode: VailDaily for $25 …

  19. EAGLE — A 1,540-acre ranch could become the latest jewel in Eagle County’s open space crown.The county’s open space advisory committee unanimously recommended spending $15.5 million for Hardscrabble Ranch, 1,540 acres along Brush Creek Road south of Eagle. The original asking price was $20 million.Open space is a far cry from the hundreds of homes proposed when the land was part of the Adam’s Rib Ranch project, a residential and ski resort proposal that kicked around Eagle for decades.“This property is the heart and soul of what this program does,” said Toby Sprunk, Eagle County’s open space manager. “When you …

  20. VAIL — Ski & Snowboard Club Vail will welcome alumni and friends of the club for its biannual Hall of Fame and Wall of Excellence Induction dinner at the Four Seasons in Vail on Saturday. Any and all friends of the club are encouraged to attend. The club will induct former World Cup mogul skier and Olympic bronze medalist Tobey Dawson into its Hall of Fame as an athlete. He will be joined by Mauri Nottingham, who will be inducted into the hall as a ski club leader.The Wall of Excellence will be filled by Mike Brown, Karen Lancaster Ghent, …