This is truly one of the best times of the year, especially now as the summer season continues to flourish; Vail has become a much sought-after summer destination resort. Family vacations — that’s what brought me to Colorado.
My first impressions: It was a snowy day in December 1994, vacationing from Minnesota with my family, when I first drove over Vail Pass. The streets were covered with more snow than you can imagine, with people skiing down Bridge Street, and who could forget the horse-drawn carriages with happy people everywhere. There was not one place I went where the service workers were not eager to assist. That was it; I was hooked. I fell in love with Vail Village that very first visit.
As the years have passed, I have witnessed the development and growth in Vail, watching this amazing village thrive and become Vail Village. I am in awe every day I look up and see the Gore Range out my door.
Long gone are the snow-packed streets with horse-drawn sleighs. What we see today is a well-thought-out design with outstanding architecture that embellishes every little nook and cranny of this village.
Recently, I met a family whose father said he had a life-altering experience that came over him while exploring the village. It was like he was seeing what I saw when I first came to Vail 23 years ago. He was hooked.
That same week, I found myself sitting at a fundraiser table with some of the most wonderful longtime locals. The token male at a table full of women had spent his time marketing Vail for years. We joked that he did too good of a job. These women and men who built the foundation of this town have always amazed and inspired me.
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