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Take the Gondola up to the top of Vail Mountain and enjoy a guided Nature Hike any day of the week from 11-12 or 2-3!

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On Thursdays and Saturdays from 7p-8p an awesome evening hike is another option available for you to get out and come alive with nature! There is no fee for any of these beautiful hikes.

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Be sure to wear/pack the proper attire, including comfortable walking/hiking shoes and bring water! Don’t forget your Ski Pass to ride the Gondola at no charge or purchase a Gondola round-trip ticket for $34 

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Origin: German  –  Volkssport:  (“people’s sport”) A  non-competitive sporting activity for groups of people.

Take advantage of the many outstanding outdoor activities that are offered in the Vail area!! Stay tuned for many more postings in the future!

Vail Volkssport Events are hosted by the Rocky Mountain Wanderers

Contact C. Rickauer with questions (970) 668-3737

June 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016

Starting Point: Sonnenalp Resort

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A Horse’s Tale

There are numerous books, which either include Vail or which are exclusively about Vail.  Most of these are very upbeat, beautifully photographed and explore the glamorous side of one of the world’s great ski resorts.

There are also countless stories and events which, for various reasons, have generally not been included in books.  These stories could be termed (with a nod to Paul Harvey) the rest of the story.  Among such tales is one, which has been retold so many times it has, undoubtedly, been enhanced.

As the story goes, there was a bar located in Vail Village on the southwest corner of Gore Creek Drive and Bridge Street and it was run by a well-known local resident.  One of the frequent patrons was an equally well-known individual who had a strong, larger-than-life personality.  The patron, it is said, would frequently ride a horse into the bar, which often resulted in the horse leaving a “calling card” on the floor.  The owner, in an attempt to put a halt to this occurrence – without totally alienating a good patron – announced that if the horse ever again left a “calling card”, the horse and owner would both be “86ed” from the bar for the season.

Shortly thereafter the patron rode his horse into the bar and the owner immediately began to evict them both.  The patron argued that the horse had not made a mess.  The owner relented, and the patron ordered a beer.   Shortly, however, the horse’s tail rose and everyone held their breath.   Before the horse could finish it’s business the patron grabbed a cowboy hat from a visitor sitting at the bar and caught the horse’s attempt to have them thrown out.  The hat was then handed back to the visitor and the beer drinking retuned, for the time-being, to normal.

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For information on Vail area real estate or activities contact Don Galgan at 970-331-4190, or dhgalgan@yahoo.com…and be sure to stay tuned for more on the untold stories in Vail.


Shaun White has confirmed he will participate in this years Burton U. S. Open! Last time he was here he landed what has been called the Best run ever completed in halfpipe snowboarding, before ghosting himself from the U.S. Open scene and much of snowboarding for the next two years. Will this be an exciting comeback performance in Vail? He is looking for a U.S. Open title according to his own words! www.BurtonUSOpen.com. See you there!!

Event Schedule:

Halfpipe Junior Jam
10am -12:30pm
Women’s Slopestyle Semi Finals
10am Competition

Men’s Slopestyle Semi Finals
12pm Competition

US Open Broomball Tournament
4pm to 7pm – Solaris Ice Rink

Live Concert/Junior Jam Awards
7pm to 9:30pm – Solaris Concert Stage

Chill Party / Fundraiser
8:30pm – Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum

Women’s Halfpipe Semi Finals
10am Competition

Men’s Halfpipe Semi Finals
12pm Competition

US Open Broomball Tournament
4pm to 7pm – Solaris Ice Rink

Live Concert
7pm to 9:30pm – Solaris Concert Stage

Women’s Slopestyle Finals
11:20am Competition

Men’s Slopestyle Finals
2pm Competition

Live Concert/Slopestyle Awards
6pm to 9:30pm – Solaris Concert Stage

Women’s Halfpipe Finals
11:20am Competition

Men’s Halfpipe Finals
2pm Competition

Live Concert/Halfpipe Awards
6pm to 9:30pm – Solaris Concert Stage

USO Closing Party
10pm to 1am – Dobson Ice Arena

Interested in more Vail Valley events? Feel free to contact me at RCook@vail.net or 970.331.3533 or visit our website www.GatewayToVail.com