November 15 - 25, 2015
The newest Ritz-Carlton Club in Lionshead Village, Vail, Colorado
Driving from Lee's Summit, Missouri to Vail, Colorado
Leaving Denver on our way to Vail.
Mountains getting closer.
Almost 11,000 feet nearing the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70.
Entrance to the Eisenhower Tunnel. Beats Loveland Pass (which was closed).
Inside the tunnel.
The Ritz-Carlton Club, Lionshead Village, Vail, Colorado
Living room with gas fireplace.
Kitchen with upscale Bosch appliances.
Bedroom (one of two master suites).
Master bath (one of two) with heated floor.
Bridge over Gore Creek leading to Vail Village.
Statue to honor the U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division, in Vail Village.
During World War
II the United States Army created a training center south of the valley called
Camp Hale. The 10th Mountain Division trained for alpine combat at Camp Hale.
Made up of excellent skiers and mountaineers, the 10th fought in mountainous
northern Italy and upon return, they became major players in the quickly growing
ski industry founding or working at over 50 resorts in the US.
One veteran of the 10th Mountain Division, Pete Seibert, returned to Colorado after the war to return to skiing and became a member of the Aspen Ski Patrol, Aspen Ski School and eventually the manager of Loveland Basin Ski Area. While at Loveland, Pete and Earl Eaton began looking to develop another ski area in the Rocky Mountain region.
Earl Eaton grew up in Colorado and began skiing at a young age. By 1940, Eaton was working for the CCC in Glenwood Springs and ski racing in Aspen where he met Pete Seibert. Seibert and Eaton first climbed Vail Mountain during the winter of 1957. Both agreed that this would be the perfect ski area!
Vail Mountain was property of The United States Forest Service (USFS) and local ranchers owned the surrounding valley. To get the ski area rolling, Seibert and Eaton needed something that neither of them had, money. Seibert proved to be adept at securing investors, which was a good thing because in order to obtain a permit from the USFS Vail needed to have $1,000,000 in the bank. Initial investors paid $10,000 for a condo unit and lifetime season pass!
The rest is history. But all those many visitors, skiers or not, who visit Vail each year have the United States Army to thank. Thus the statue.
A look down Bridge Street, Vail Village.
More of Vail Village.
Altitude in Vail Village – just over 8,000 feet.
Love the Alpine architecture.
From the bridge crossing Gore Creek.
View from our living room first morning.
Nancy at the Ritz-Carlton Club bar – it won't open until half way through our stay.
Nancy at the bar next door at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort (It was open.)
The Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons Vail.
Nancy in front of the Arrabelle in Lionshead Village.
The slopes getting ready for their November 20th opening.
Lunch at the Blue Moose Pizza in Lionshead Village.
My first Fat Tire of this trip at Bart and Yetis.
Nancy and Russ at the Tavern on the Square at the Arrabella in Lionshead Village.
More Fat Tire – this time at Garfinkles in Lionshead Village.
The mountain getting ready for season opening day, November 20th.
Skating rink in Lionshead Village.
Heading back to the Ritz-Carlton Club.
The bar getting ready to open for the season.
Soon to be filled with skiers arriving.
The heated pool – I hear to 82 degrees.
Rear view of the resort.
And the hot tub – we finally got in and enjoyed.
Nancy and Russ at our favorite Vail restaurant Sweet Basil.
Opening of the Ritz-Carlton Club bar – we were the second couple to sample the fare.
Red wine this time back at the Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons Vail.
Nancy and Russ back at the Avalanche Bar in the Vail Marriott (next door).
Our coldest morning – heard it was -2 overnight. Unusually cold for Vail.
Nancy at the Marriott.
Skating rink at Lionshead Village.
Lunch at Blue Moose Pizza in Beaver Creek Village.
Beaver Creek photos.
Nancy at Dusty Boot Saloon, Beaver Creek.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.
Nostalgic view of the former Ritz-Carlton Club Bachelor Gulch – Now Timbers.
Fire pit looking toward the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Wine bar in the members area (closed).
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