Vail Veterans Program- hosting injured military veterans and their families.

Vail Veterans Program

To help The Vail Veterans Program is supported by donors, corporate sponsors and volunteers. That allows all programs to be free for military veterans injured in the Middle East and their families. For more information about the Vail Veterans Program, including how to donate and/or volunteer, visit or call 970-476-4906.

Walking Mountains Sustainability – January is Radon Awareness Month

Walking Mountain Sustainability Blog: Things you didn’t know about Radon.

If you have been reading our weekly Sustainability Tips you know by now that the Environmental Protection Agency has designated January Radon Awareness Month. We’ve been working to educate the Eagle River Valley and encourage everyone to pick up a free radon test kit all month long at one of the following convenient locations:

  • Avon: Walking Mountains Science Center
  • Edwards: The Pharmacy inside the Shaw Cancer Center
  • Eagle:  The Eagle County Environmental Health Department Desk

The test is simple. Fill out some paperwork and follow the instructions. Two days later mail the kit to the specified address with the provided envelope which includes postage. You’ll get an email with the results quickly.

While you lace up your shoes to hit the road to pick up your free kit here are a few things you might not know about radon:

  • Everyone breathes in radon every day, according to the National Cancer Institute. At low levels, it is harmless. However, people who inhale high levels of radon are at an increased risk of developing lung cancer resulting in approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year.
  • According to the National Institutes of Health, Radon levels can be greater in homes and buildings that are well-insulated or tightly sealed.
  • In 1984, an odd coincidence known as the “Watras Incident” (named for American construction engineer Stanley Watras)  led the EPA to get involved in monitoring radon levels in residential homes. Watras, an employee at a U.S. nuclear power plant triggered radiation monitors while leaving work over several days even though the plant had no fuel, was still under construction, and despite Watras being decontaminated and sent home “clean” each evening. This pointed to a source of contamination outside the power plant, which turned out to be radon levels in the basement of his home equivalent of smoking 135 packs of cigarettes a day.  The family moved out immediately, and the home was turned into a scientific laboratory for the long-term measurement of radon and the testing of radon mitigation approaches. After several months, the radon was reduced to an acceptable level and the family returned home (LiveScience & Wikipedia).

La Tour Restaurant & Bar – Wild Burgundy Escargots

La Tour Restaurant Bar – Wild Burgundy Escargots

La Tour Restaurant & Bar is of Vail’s most popular spots for food, wine and cocktails. 

This beloved Vail restaurant features a menu designed for foodies and delivered with polished service. La Tour has also cultivated one of the best wine lists in Vail. 

Chef/owner Paul Ferzacca strives to provide the best of everything at La Tour. The Vail restaurant was honored with the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator and received an “Extraordinary” rating in Zagat. La Tour additionally received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence three years in a row. 

La Tour is conveniently located within the heart of Vail Village, a quick walk from the lifts and the main Vail Village parking structure. 

Groups and events are welcome at this luxurious Vail restaurant. The dining room can seat 105 and can be adjusted to fit a group’s needs spanning bar space, open space, cozy nooks and the outdoor patio. The restaurant’s central location makes it an ideal Vail venue. La Tour’s experienced staff will assist in event management, helping groups to create exceptional memories.

Call 970-476-4403 to book a table, or book it online by clicking here. The restaurant is open daily.

Vail Colorado, What? Snow, What? Skiing, What? Hiking, What? Fishing, What? Golf, What? You name it and do it, What?

I grew up where snow was not always even a yearly occurrence. It was exciting and fun when it happened. I can hardly believe I live and work in a place, Vail, Colorado, that is based upon Snow and more Snow. That’s what it is doing right now, Snowing right before the Martin Luther King (MLK) holiday. I hope you have a chance to see and enjoy this place.
I glissaded down the snow banks in the summer in the mountains near Estes Park as a kid at Cheley Colorado Camps. Who knew about Skiing? Not me until after I was out of college. The first time I skied I was in law school and someone said a group was driving up into Pennsylvania that night to ski? What, ski at night? The drive up in a VW van with flowers painted all over it was a blast, singing etc. Not so much the rope tow, icy slope and low light at night. Drive back to DC great. I had so much fun, mostly on my butt, that I didn’t need to ski again for almost 20 years. And what? I wind up in Vail, Colorado, at one of the best ski areas in the world, and I love it. I learned to ski. Many people think the summers here are better than the winters. Come and see us at Gateway Real Estate by Check Point Charley and the International Bridge on the West side of the Sitzmark Hotel in downtown Vail. Let me show you some real estate if you get too tired of the fun stuff. It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob

Vail Square Ice Rink

Vail Square Ice Rink

It’s a snowy day at Vail Square Ice Rink and it looks beautiful completely covered in snow. Open daily from 1-9pm from late November thru April, weather permitting and located in the Lionshead Village. Nice shops, restaurants and lodging surround the ice rink and free shuttles from Vail Village and Lionshead Village make it easily accessible. Vail, Colorado.

Snowmobiling in Vail, Colorado with Nova Guides

Top of the Rockies Snowmobile Tour! Full day or 1/2 day excursions available. Endless miles of open meadows and spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of four surrounding mountain ranges including the Continental Divide. In the White River National Forest at Historic Camp Hale, elevations of 12,500 feet.

Bearcat Stables Sleigh Ride – Edwards, CO

It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you!

Nestled in the Squaw Creek Valley in Cordillera, 15 minutes west of Beaver Creek, Colorado, Bearcat’s Cabin is the original cabin the Bearden family homesteaded during the early 20th century. Thanks to the efforts of the Cordillera Preservation Foundation and Bearcat Stables, the Cabin has been completely restored, and now acts as one of Vail’s most historic restaurant settings.

You and your family are invited to tour these historic grounds via Horse and Sleigh while sipping on your favorite beverage. Our knowledgeable team drivers will give you the history of the land and make your journey unforgettable. Bring your camera because you will want to take pictures of these majestic 2000 pound animals. After your ride, step into a piece of Colorado history as you dine in this historic setting.

Vail Estate Stunner. There is absolutely nothing like it.

I have seen a lot of homes in the Vail Valley. Being born and raised in Vail, and having a mother who is an iconic real estate agent in the Valley, I have toured hundreds of residences over the last two decades. But to be fair, I LOVE homes and real estate. I love how they are a beautiful illustration of one’s life. I love seeing where people spend their time (and money)… Often times you see the heart of one’s home in their kitchens, other times in their master suites, and sometimes even in their game rooms.

There are many homes in the Valley that have captured my awe, but 34 Whiskey Ridge in Lake Creek is simply my favorite. And this incredible home is shockingly on the market for sale.

When you drive up to 34 Whiskey the glass walls of the estate reach to the blue sky and the stacked stone feels like you have arrived at a castle in the mountains. And when you enter the home your breath is taken away by the soaring ceilings, glass walls, and dramatic New York range staring you in the face. The formal dining room yearns for a party, the gourmet kitchen is so clean sleek you would have no idea that it is a chef’s dream, and the living room is deliciously inviting and warm.

To enter the private master wing, you must walk over one of the homes glass bridges. Once over the bridge you have arrived at a heavenly oasis. The spa bathroom is incredible: the gorgeous shower with a slab of stone that is stunning. The stand-alone bathtub sits against a 2-way fireplace overlooking the Colorado mountains. A quiet stone patio, large closet with endless built-ins for every piece you own, and soaring slabs of glass are just the beginning. The lower level of the suite offers a sanctuary room perfect for diving into a good book, practicing yoga, or simply retreating.

As I sit here and write I have realized that no words can describe this home. You must simply experience it to understand its perfection.

For a tour of this home, for a true mountain experience, please contact me. It would be my pleasure to walk it with you!

Ashley Smith // // 970.376.5417 //