If you know anybody who knows anybody who knows anybody, who’s been in the Vail Valley these past ten days, you’ve probably seen some version of all the pictures attached hereto … and a whole bunch more. Facebook and the social media world have been overrun with them. It’s not surprising, since the World Alpine Skiing Championships have been as exciting as anything that’s ever happened in Vail … and that’s a pretty long list of amazing events.
The common sentiment among locals has been equal parts fun and excitement, but even that seems to be outweighed by an enormous sense of pride in our community. I wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I can’t believe a place as small as this can pull this off!” Between the races themselves with huge crowds, the award ceremonies replete with all kinds of fireworks and fun, and the multiple big-name concerts (free) literally every day … it’s truly been extraordinary.
I had the pleasure of watching the Women’s Super-G last week from the VIP tent with Antlers owners Ron & Dawn Bobuk and their nephew Anthony. Ron had been regaling me with stories about New Year’s Eve in Times Square right under the big ball, but he had to admit that this scene was even better.
It’s worth noting that this is Dawn’s second time on our blog in just a few months. Last December she helped us decorate the lobby in high fashion for the holidays. Ron took all these pictures, except for this last one. No wonder they’re two of our favorite owners!