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Vail, Colorado was the hunting grounds and summer residence of the Ute Indians, before the arrival of settlers. From 1854 to 1856 Irishman George Gore, known as Lord Gore, and American frontiersman, Jim Bridger, were among the first explorers to explore the mountainous region around Vail, Colorado. They spent the summers hunting and exploring the northeast peaks of Vail. A few years later, Jim Bridger returned to the region and named the mountain range and valley after Gore.
By the 1870s, news spread that the Gore Range contained both gold and silver. Mines were set up and railroad tracks laid down to transport the precious metals. These prospectors drove the Ute Indians from the land. Legend has it that when the Utes left they set fire to thousands of acres of trees in the valley. This resulted in the deforested area today known as Vail’s Back Bowls.
When the gold and silver ran out so did the prospectors who abandoned the valley. However, many sheep ranchers stayed and lived in the Vail valley. In 1939, construction began on Highway 6, running from Denver through the Gore Valley. In 1940, Charlie Vail, the project’s engineer, renamed the road as Vail Pass. Years later, the town was named Vail, after Charlie Vail.
During World War II, the Army’s Tenth Mountain Division used the Vail area for backcountry survival training. After the war, many of the men who trained in the backcountry returned to the Valley to ski. Pete Seibert, a veteran and one of Vail’s founding fathers, returned to the Valley along with fellow troopers Bill “Sarge” Brown and Bob Parker. The three vets shared a great vision of a mountain ski community. In 1954, Earl Eaton, a uranium prospector with a similar vision, teamed up with Seibert to draw up a plan for a ski resort.
Construction began in spring 1962, and by fall 1966, the town of Vail was incorporated. Vail had the first gondola in the United States, along with two double chairlifts and a beginner poma lift, serving six square miles of terrain. Soon after, several restaurants, hotels and a medical clinic were established.
By the mid-1970s, skiers had discovered Vail. During this time, the town of Vail had earned the reputation as one of Colorado’s best ski areas. Gerald Ford owned a house in Vail and after he became President of the United States in 1974, the ski town made front-page news. Visitors from all over the world came to ski in the Vail valley, making it the number one ski destination in the world.
During the early 1980s, Vail was becoming known as a year-round resort. Golf courses were laid out and mountain-biking trails were added. The gondolas and chairlifts began transporting sightseers instead of skiers. Hot-air balloon rallies were held, tennis tournaments and concerts featuring chamber music to rock became part of the Vail summer scene.
Vail, Colorado is located in Eagle County, Colorado and is 100 miles west of Denver on Interstate 70. Vail’s airport, the Eagle County Regional Airport, is located 35 miles west of Vail. The average elevation in Vail is 8,150 feet above sea level.
The U S Census Bureau in 2005 estimated the population of Vail, Colorado at 4,589 people. The town of Vail, Colorado has a total area of 4.5 square miles with no lakes but a pond. The Gore Creek flows from east to west through the center of town. Mount of the Holy Cross is visible from the top of Vail Mountain near the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola. The White River National Forest surrounds Vail.
The median income for a household in the town of Vail is $56,680, and the median income for a family is $66,389. The per capita income for the town of Vail is $42,390. About 1.8% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty level.
The summer temperatures average around 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 45 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Winter temperatures average around 45 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and below 30 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Vail has over 275 days of sunshine per year.
With approximately 5,389 housing units available in Vail, Colorado, you can find some spectacular subdivisions that include homes and rentals. Some of these subdivisions are Vail Commons, Buzzard Park, Red Sandstone Creek, Timber Ridge Village, North Trail Town Homes and Middle Creek.
If you are considering moving to Vail, Colorado and looking to finance a home or second home, contact Stone Creek Mortgage. We are a licensed Colorado Mortgage Company for homes in Vail, Colorado.
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Vail Ski Resort offers great skiing and summer fun activity. Vail Mountain has a maximum elevation of 11,570 feet with the lowest point at 8,120 feet and a vertical drop of 3,450 feet. With 5,289 skiable acres, 33 lifts, 193 marked trails on three faces: the front side, the back bowls, and Blue Sky Basin you’ll enjoy both winter and summer activities. The seven back bowls on the Vail Mountain are Sun Down Bowl, Sun Up Bowl, Teacup Bowl, China Bowl, Siberia Bowl, Inner Mongolia Bowl, and Outer Mongolia Bowl. Vail was ranked as the top ski resort in SKI Magazine’s reader’s poll for the 2006 – 2007 season.
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens located at 183 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, Colorado, phone 970 476 0103, (Web site: http://www.bettyfordalpinegardens.org/) is a public botanic garden exhibiting a fully documented collection of high elevation plants. From perennial beds, rock gardens and waterfalls that dramatically display an astonishing array of the world’s most unique and beautiful high elevation plants, the garden is the best place to visit in Vail, Colorado.
Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum/Hall of Fame (Web site https://www.snowsportsmuseum.org/) located at 231 South Frontage Road, Vail, Colorado, phone 970 476 1876 was established in 1976 to preserve and appreciate the legacy of skiing and snowboarding in Colorado. The Museum is a private, non-profit organization funded primarily by memberships and special events. The Museum’s collection has over 1,500 photographs, artifacts, pieces of equipment, and articles of clothing representing over 130 years of Colorado skiing. Some of the exhibits on display include a timeline of Colorado skiing, Olympic and World Cup memorabilia, 10th Mountain Division, the Evolution of Snowboarding and the Spirit of Cherry Creek Champions.
Gerald R Ford Park(Web site) is located at 530 South Frontage Road, Vail, Colorado. The Park is named for former president of the United States, Gerald R. Ford. This beautiful 39-acre park includes an amphitheater and is the largest park in Vail. In the Park you’ll find three ball fields, a playground, bike paths, tables for a picnic, a field for soccer games or Frisbee and eight tennis courts. The Vail Nature Center and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens are also located in the Park. The Ford Amphitheater provides classical to contemporary music during the summer months. The theater has seating for over 1200 people with an additional grassy seating area for 1300 people.
Vail Golf Club (Web site Vail Golf Clubs) is located at 1778 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, Colorado, phone 970 479 2260. This championship 18-hole golf course par 71 is nestled at the base of the Gore Range in the heart of the Vail Valley at 8,200 feet above sea level. Golfers of all skill levels enjoy watching their golf balls fly an average of 10% farther in this high-alpine environment.
Vail, Colorado has 400 acres of town-owned parks. The Vail Recreation District is dedicated to providing the community with a wide array of recreational activities. Some of these parks include:
Vail Nature Center is known for its highly trained staff who offer valuable information to visitors about nature hikes, beaver pond tours and art or photography classes. The Vail Nature Center becomes the Vail Nordic Center during the winter months and offers snowshoe and cross-country ski tours at the Vail Golf Course.
Dobson Arena is open year-round and a great place for public skating. Here you will find exciting hockey and ice-skating as well as some of Vail’s best concert events. Dobson Arena is home to the Vail Eagle Hockey Association and Skating Club of Vail.
The Vail Tennis Center is the Valley’s premier clay court offering eight Har-Tru clay courts and two hard courts. With a professional staff to help you and a full service pro shop, you will enjoy a day of tennis at the base of the Gore Range.
Gerald R Ford Park(Web siteVail Valley Entertainment) is locatedat 530 South Frontage Road, Vail, Colorado. The Park is named for former president of the United States, Gerald R. Ford. This beautiful 39-acre park includes an amphitheater and is the largest park in Vail. In the Park, you’ll find three ball fields, a playground, bike paths, tables for a picnic, a field for soccer games or Frisbee and eight tennis courts. The Vail Nature Center and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens are also located in the Park. The Ford Amphitheater provides classical to contemporary music during the summer months. The theater has seating for over 1200 people with an additional grassy seating area for 1300 people.
Eagle County School District RE-50 operated Vail public schools. High school students attend Battle Mountain High School located at 750 Eagle Rd, Avon, Colorado, phone 970 328 2930.
Eagle County Schools also offers the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy, a joint program with area ski programs for students in grades 8-12 that are involved in competitive skiing and snowboarding.
Red Sandstone Elementary School is located at 551 N Frontage Rd, Vail, Colorado, phone 970 476 0650, is a pre-kindergarten to 5 th grade.
Private schools in Vail include Vail Mountain School (K-12),Vail Christian High School (9-12),St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School (K-8) and Eagle Valley Christian Academy (PK-8).
Colorado Mountain College has a campus in the Vail Eagle Valley, and offers science and liberal arts associate degrees that are transferable to any four-year college or university.
12 Vail Rd # 200,
Vail, Colorado 81657
Phone: 970 476 8700
2099 N Frontage Rd W
Vail , Colorado 81657
Phone: 970 476 4000
First Bank of Vail
17 Vail Rd
Vail, Colorado 81657
Phone: 970 476 5686
656 E Lionshead Circle
Vail, Colorado 81657
Phone: 970 476 3500
Wells Fargo Bank
Eagle City Market
Vail, CO 81657
Phone: 970 328 2265
U S Bank – West Star Bank
108 S Frontage Rd W
Vail, CO 81657
Phone: 970 476 4600
Vail, Colorado’s economic community relies heavily upon tourism. The majority of the tourism industry revolves around seasonal winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding. Throughout the years, Vail has become increasingly popular as a summer vacation destination. The businesses in Vail include hotels/inns/bed and breakfasts, restaraunts, bars/clubs, shops/boutiques, grocery and convenient stores. Professional people have also contributed to the economy of Vail.
Vail Ski Resort (Web site http://www.vail.com/) offers the best employment for those of you who are avid skiers and snowboarders or just love the outdoor life. With 5,289 skiable acres, 33 lifts, 193 marked trails on three faces: the front side, the back bowls, and Blue Sky Basin, this is truly a skier’s dream job. Summertime brings outdoor activities such as fishing, rafting, hiking, jeep tours and more.
The Town of Vail (Web site http://www.vailgov.com/) located at 75 S. Frontage Road, Vail, Colorado is one of the top employers in Vail.
Vail Valley Medical Center (Web site https://www.vailhealth.org/) located at 181 W. Meadow Drive, Vail, Colorado, is one of the premier medical centers in the area and features excellent care facilities for Sports Medicine – Orthopedics, the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, Sonnenalp Breast Imaging, Howard Head Sports Medicine, Mountain Surgical Associates and Vail Valley Surgery Center.
Town of Vail, Colorado
75 S. Frontage Road
Vail, CO 81657
Toll Free: (866) 650-9020
Web site: http://www.vailgov.com/
Holy Cross Energy – Electric
P. O. Box 2150
Glenwood Springs , Colorado 81602
Web Site: http://www.holycross.com/
Excel Energy – Gas
Phone: 800 772 7858
Web site: http://www.xcelenergy.com/
Qwest – Telephone
Web site: http://www.qwest.com
Comcast – Cable
Phone: 888 824 4010
Web Site: http://www.comcast.com
BFI – Waste Collection
Phone: 970 926 3396
Web site: https://www.vail.com/
Vail Honeywagon Trash Collection
Phone: 970 476 3511
Web site: www. vailhoneywagon. com/
Vail Police Department
Phone: 970 479 2200
Web site: http://www.vailgov.com
Vail Fire Department
Phone: 970 479 2250
Web site: http://www.vailgov.com
Eagle County Sheriff Department
Phone: 970 328 8500
Web site: Eagle County Sheriff
Vail Mountain Rescue
Phone: 970 926 6770
Web site: Vail Mountain Rescue
Park Plaza at Beaver Creek (Web sitehttp://www.eastwestbeavercreek.com/) located at 46 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek, CO just minutes from Vail. With more than 50 shops and galleries and 20 restaurants and bars, this is a shopping adventure of a lifetime. From Western art galleries and fine jewelry to technical clothing and the finest cashmere, you’ll enjoy a leisurely and pleasant stroll on this pedestrian-only outdoor shopping area.
Outlets at Silverthorne (Web sitehttp://www.beavercreekmountainlodging.com/) are just a quick 30-minute drive east of Vail, Colorado. Come and enjoy a shopping extravaganza for shoppers who love to find great bargains at name-brand outlet stores in a village style setting. Stores include Nike, Gap, Pendleton, Wilsons Leather, Le Creuset, Jockey, Coldwater Creek, Columbia Sportswear and much more.