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Imhof: Gratitude for your support

There is perhaps no better time than now for all of us at the Vail Valley Foundation to send our sincere gratitude and support to the community we serve and love. We recently hosted a very successful Black Diamond Ball at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, where more than 430 people attended a sold-out evening … Read More

2020 GoPro Mountain Games registration opens February 5

High altitude, high adventure, and high excitement are all on the horizon as the GoPro Mountain Games, the world’s best mountain sports, music, and lifestyle event, ramps up for competition June 4-7 in Vail, Colorado. The first step to the event starts now: GoPro Mountain Games athlete registration goes on sale Feb. 5 at 12:01 … Read More

2020 Citizen of the Year | Donna Giardano

Vail, Colo., Dec. 23, 2019 — Written into the culture of the Vail Valley, engraved in its history, and embedded in its future are the countless contributions Donna Giordano has made to virtually every aspect of life here. For her many contributions to this community, the Vail Valley Foundation today announced that Giordano is the 2020 … Read More

2019 Volunteer of the Year | Tom Russo

Avon, Colo., Dec. 7, 2019 — Most everyone who has witnessed Memphis jookin’ icon Lil Buck perform at the Vail Dance Festival over the years is impressed if not enamored with the dancer. And you have Tom Russo to thank, at least in part. “I like to joke I brought Lil Buck to Vail for the … Read More

Tommy Ford captures gold to close out 2019 Xfinity Birds of Prey

Historic year for United States – and others – at 2019 Xfinity Birds of Prey By Cheryl Lindstrom Tommy Ford brought the American winning spirit back to Beaver Creek when he recorded his first-ever World Cup victory in Sunday’s Giant Slalom, the concluding event of the 2019 Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World … Read More

It’s on! Xfinity Birds of Prey receives positive snow control

It’s official: the International Ski Federation has given the green light to go ahead with the Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup scheduled for December 6-8 in Beaver Creek, Colorado. It’s part of the process for every Audi FIS Ski World Cup that they must pass a “snow control” ahead of the … Read More

2019 a ‘spectacular’ year for GoPro Mountain Games

Summer did not come quickly to Vail this year – but when it arrived, it did so in full-force. The GoPro Mountain Games in Vail have become the traditional signal of summertime’s opening in the mountains, and recent snow seemed like a distant memory as tens of thousands came here to compete or spectate in … Read More

2019 Citizen of the Year | Betsy and George Wiegers

Avon, Colo., Jan 4, 2019 — It was the mid-1800s when Benjamin Jowett first coined the phrase, “The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit of doing them.” In the Vail Valley community, it is Betsy and George Wiegers who are the embodiment of the concept, coining it anew … Read More

2018 Volunteer of the Year | Tenie Chicoine

AVON — Alternately described as the “SWAG Queen” and the “Mom” of the massive Vail Valley Foundation volunteer group, Tenie Chicoine says what she’ll be missed for most when she hangs up her volunteer spurs this year is her brownies and her dry socks. A 21-year veteran of the VVF volunteer cast of hundreds that … Read More

A thank-you to our generous community

Over the past few weeks, our valley has enjoyed a series of concerts and performances that are as notable for their quality as for their diversity: Free concerts at the GoPro Mountains of Music featured the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, St. Paul and Broken Bones and the Wood Brothers; followed soon afterward by a ticketed Saturday, … Read More

2017 Citizen of the Year | Jay Precourt

***For Immediate Release*** Avon, Colo., Dec. 21, 2017 — The best way to get to know Jay and Molly Precourt is to meet them for a day of fly fishing, or lean on a fence rail to talk horses with Molly. And while they’re well-known for their love of the outdoors, the Precourts are even … Read More

Letter to the Editor | At Birds of Prey, many kinds of victory

Letter to the Editor Mike Imhof, President and CEO, Vail Valley Foundation The Vail Valley Foundation was thrilled to welcome the world back to Beaver Creek for our beloved annual Men’s FIS Birds of Prey Alpine Ski World Cup Dec 1-3. Crews are just now putting away the last of the equipment into storage, and … Read More

2017 Volunteer of the Year | Jan Hiland

***For immediate release*** Avon, Colo. – Jan Hiland, the Vail Valley Foundation’s 2017 “Volunteer of the Year”, is a somewhat reluctant recipient who has a very simple philosophy when it comes to volunteerism. “I really feel there are other people who have been volunteering as much if not more than me for many years in … Read More

Rodrigo y Gabriela, Third Eye Blind to headline Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater 30th Anniversary Concert event and summer of celebration

***For immediate release*** Vail, Colo., — Twenty-nine summers ago, President Gerald R. Ford and Willie Nelson lead the way for the opening ceremonies of a fledgling performing arts space alongside Gore Creek in the Vail Village. Three decades later the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater will celebrate in style all summer long, culminating in the Gerald … Read More

2017 GoPro Mountain Games on track for continued growth

***For Immediate Release*** Vail, Colo. – Summer has officially arrived in the Colorado Rockies and you can feel it in the air. At the 2017 GoPro Mountain Games, you could also see it, smell it, taste it and live it all the way through the four-day event that organizers are calling the best yet of … Read More

Sarah Franke joins Vail Valley Foundation as Senior Director of Marketing

Avon, Colo., May 26, 2017 — The Vail Valley Foundation today announced that Sarah Franke has taken the role of Senior Director of Marketing for the non-profit organization, which is in its 36th year of fulfilling its mission to enhance and sustain the quality of life of the Vail Valley by providing leadership in the arts, … Read More

2016 Citizens of the Year | Mike and Mary Sue Shannon

***For immediate release*** Avon, Colo., Jan. 3, 2016 — At the heart of any flourishing community are the people who quietly and steadfastly give of themselves to help improve the quality of life for those around them. When it comes to taking part in the work of all the respected institutions of the Vail Valley, … Read More

2016 Volunteer of the Year | Nancy and Mauri Nottingham

AVON — The Nottingham name has been associated with the Vail Valley for more than a century. Keepers of the ranch that filled the valley in the area now known as Avon, the Nottinghams have a long legacy of contributing to their community, even as decades of change have remade and redefined Eagle County. This … Read More

2015 Citizens of the Year | Pat and Pete Frechette

VAIL — The Vail Valley Foundation has announced that Pat and Pete Frechette will be named the 2015 Vail Valley Citizens of the Year, and will be recognized at the Black Diamond Ball on Dec. 4 at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. The Frechettes are being recognized for their long-standing commitment to the Vail Valley, demonstrated … Read More

CEO responsible for 2015 World Champs to leave VVF

AVON, Colo. — After 25 years of exemplary service, hard work and an extraordinary list of achievements, the Vail Valley Foundation (VVF) announced Monday that Ceil Folz has decided to step down as CEO. Folz’s last day is slated for Friday, Oct. 9. Under Folz’s leadership, the VVF achieved some of its greatest milestones in … Read More

Imhof: Gratitude for your support

There is perhaps no better time than now for all of us at the Vail Valley Foundation to send our sincere gratitude and support to the community we serve and love. We recently hosted a very successful Black Diamond Ball at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, where more than 430 people attended a sold-out evening … Read More

Westword | Colorado Festivals Celebrating the Outdoors

Most people in Colorado love the outdoors. In the Rockies, nature is boundless, offering something for everyone. So it makes sense that festivals around the state celebrate outdoor activities, some showcasing films about world-class athletes, others offering you the chance to zip down the slopes on cardboard, jump into a freezing-cold pond or take on … Read More

World’s Best Kayaker Seeks Full-Time Employment

With a résumé full of wins at kayaking’s most prestigious competitions and historic first descents of the planet’s deadliest whitewater, Nouria Newman is considered one of the greatest paddlers around. So why can’t she turn her passion into a sustainable career? The night before Nouria Newman nearly drowned in India, in August 2018, she used … Read More

2020 GoPro Mountain Games registration opens February 5

High altitude, high adventure, and high excitement are all on the horizon as the GoPro Mountain Games, the world’s best mountain sports, music, and lifestyle event, ramps up for competition June 4-7 in Vail, Colorado. The first step to the event starts now: GoPro Mountain Games athlete registration goes on sale Feb. 5 at 12:01 … Read More

Donna Giordano named 2020 Vail Valley Citizen of the Year

Written into the culture of the Vail Valley, engraved in its history, and embedded in its future are the countless contributions Donna Giordano has made into virtually every aspect of life here.

For her many contributions to this community, the Vail Valley Foundation has named Giordano its 2020 Vail Valley Citizen of the Year. The honor has been awarded since 1981 to a deserving citizen who has provided broad support, vision, and leadership to the betterment of the community.

“I feel very blessed and grateful to receive this recognition,” Giordano said in a news release. “It is really all of you in this community who are such an inspiration — there are so many wonderful people and organizations in these beautiful mountains, and I simply love being a part of it with all of you.”

Ski Magazine | Ford Wins GS at Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek

Tommy Ford made history on Sunday by winning the Alpine World Cup Men’s GS race at Beaver Creek. It was the first U.S. Ski Team win on the men’s side since January 2017, the first podium on the men’s side since January 2018, and Ford joined Ted Ligety and Bode Miller to become only the … Read More

Tommy Ford captures gold to close out 2019 Xfinity Birds of Prey

Historic year for United States – and others – at 2019 Xfinity Birds of Prey By Cheryl Lindstrom Tommy Ford brought the American winning spirit back to Beaver Creek when he recorded his first-ever World Cup victory in Sunday’s Giant Slalom, the concluding event of the 2019 Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World … Read More

Tom Russo to be honored as 2019 Vail Valley Volunteer of the Year

Most everyone who has witnessed Memphis jukin’ icon Lil Buck perform at the Vail Dance Festival over the years is impressed if not enamored with the dancer. And you have Tom Russo to thank, at least in part.

“I like to joke I brought Lil Buck to Vail for the first time,” said Russo who picked Charles “Lil Buck” Riley up from Denver International Airport in 2011 and drove him to Vail as part of his duties as a Dance Festival volunteer.

It’s one of many long-standing contributions Russo has made to the community since the early 2000s. The Vail Valley Foundation has announced that Tom Russo is the 2019 recipient of the Vail Valley Volunteer of the Year award. The award is given out each year to a deserving person who has contributed volunteer time, effort, and vision to the entire Vail Valley community.

It’s on! Xfinity Birds of Prey receives positive snow control

It’s official: the International Ski Federation has given the green light to go ahead with the Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup scheduled for December 6-8 in Beaver Creek, Colorado. It’s part of the process for every Audi FIS Ski World Cup that they must pass a “snow control” ahead of the … Read More

Broadway World | Ballet Hispanico Returns to the Vail Dance Festival

Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s premier Latino dance organization, brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance to the Vail Dance Festival for the second year in a row on August 9-10, 2019. Following its thrilling Festival debut in 2018, Ballet Hispánico returns to close out this year’s Vail Dance Festival with a new performance … Read More

Pointe Magazine | Go Behind-the-Scenes at the Vail Dance Festival

If, like us, you’re anywhere that isn’t the Vail Dance Festival right now, you’re obviously bummed to be missing all the amazing performances, premieres and collaborations currently underway. Luckily, many of our favorite bunheads have been keeping us updated on the amazing work being done up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains via Instagram. Here’s a roundup of … Read More

Scenes from the 2019 GoPro Mountain Games

A little more than a month and a half ago, we were in Vail, Colorado for the 2019 GoPro Mountain Games in beautiful Vail, Colorado. For those of you who don’t know what the GoPro Mountain Games is all about, here’s the gist: Thousands of pro and amateur adventure athletes sign up each year and … Read More

Outside Magazine | Do the 2019 GoPro Mountain Games Right

Whether you’re a serious athlete, music buff, or family in search of outdoor fun, Vail’s biggest summer festival has something for everyone It’s billed as the “best all-around mountain event experience anywhere in the world,” which sounds like hype—unless you’ve been to the Vail Valley Foundation’s GoPro Mountain Games. Complete with three nights of free … Read More

Boyd Named Director Of PR & The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

The Vail Valley Foundation today announced it has promoted Tom Boyd, Director of PR and Communications at the organization, to a new role as Director of PR & the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The promotion puts Boyd at the helm of the Ford Amphitheater, Vail’s iconic seasonal performing arts venue, as it enters its 32nd year … Read More

2018 Volunteer of the Year | Tenie Chicoine

AVON — Alternately described as the “SWAG Queen” and the “Mom” of the massive Vail Valley Foundation volunteer group, Tenie Chicoine says what she’ll be missed for most when she hangs up her volunteer spurs this year is her brownies and her dry socks. A 21-year veteran of the VVF volunteer cast of hundreds that … Read More

How rural public schools can benefit from nonprofit partnerships

Afterschool and summer learning programs aren’t just a place for kids to kill time while their parents work — these programs provide an environment where students can make academic gains, remain engaged in learning, stay physically healthy and active, and have access to positive mentors. In rural communities, where one in four children live in … Read More

Quality Afterschool Programs Needed in Rural Communities Across America

There’s a problem facing children in rural communities: a lack of adequate afterschool and summer programming. Research shows that quality afterschool programs can improve students’ reading and math grades, classroom behavior, attendance, academic aspirations, dietary habits, physical activity and reduce the risks of dropping out of school or using drugs, according to the federal Interagency … Read More

Dance Magazine | Why I’m Already Planning My Return To Vail Dance Festival

Last week, Dance Magazine‘s owner Frederic Seegal visited the Vail Dance Festival. He was so excited by what he saw there that he wanted to share with Dance Magazine readers a few of the highlights that made the biggest impression on him. Having been fortunate enough to be on the board of New York City Center when Arlene Shuler introduced Fall for … Read More

NY Times | At Vail Festival, Dance Artists Renew and Extend Themselves

VAIL, Colo. — On paper, the Vail Dance Festival looks more repetitious than it is. Lil Buck, Herman Cornejo, Tiler Peck and others return here year after year: Isn’t this just a club or clique? When in Vail, though, what you see is how these returning artists extend themselves here — tackling new idioms, developing … Read More

Ski Magazine | 2018 GoPro Mountain Games

The annual event returns to Vail this weekend, which can mean only one thing: it’s officially summer in the mountains. It’s not often that you get to run with Joseph Gray, watch dogs compete in big air competitions, or witness Shauna Coxsey sending it up a wall in the IFSC World Cup. So don’t miss your chance … Read More

Westword | Five Things to Know About Beaver Creek This Season

Winter is coming! In this year’s installment of the Edge, Westword’s annual guide to winter activities, we’ve got the what’s what, the what’s new, and the what to do at ski areas and mountain towns across the state. From skiing and snowboarding to new mountain roller coasters, fat-bike tours, snowmobile adventures, hot-springs soaks and more, … Read More

Vail Daily | Aksel Lund Svindal wins downhill at Beaver Creek World Cup

BEAVER CREEK – Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal returned to the top of the downhill podium at the FIS Birds of Prey World Cup on Saturday, Dec. 2. Swiss racer Beat Feuz was the second fastest on the day, and Germany’s Thomas Dressen finished in third. It was Svindal’s first World Cup win since Jan. 22, … Read More

The Drive | GMC Sierra All Mountain concept to debut at Vail Mountain

Feast your eyes on the 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept, a snow-tackling monster capable of taking on the toughest terrain. If you thought you knew offroad trucks, think and look again. The Sierra All Mountain concept takes GMC’s signature bold design and intricate engineering a step further with tank-like tracks that allow this … Read More

Tony Award-winning ‘Kinky Boots,’ ‘Rent’ headline VPAC’s Broadway Series

The Vilar Performing Arts Center has announced the lineup of its 2017-18 Winter Broadway Series, featuring performances by the touring casts of Cyndi Lauper’s Tony Award-winning “Kinky Boots”, the “RENT” 20th Anniversary Tour and satirical comedy “THRONES! The Musical Parody”, among others. Tickets for all events are on sale at the Vilar Center box office, … Read More

Rueters | Kriechmayr wins Super G for first World Cup victory

The 26-year-old posted a time of one minute, 9.71 seconds to finish ahead of Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud at Beaver Creek. His previous best World Cup performances were a pair of runner-up finishes in the 2015-16 season. Jansrud, last season’s globe winner who won the first Super G of the season at Lake Louise last week, … Read More

Snow Industry News | Organizers Ramp Up For Birds Of Prey World Cup

Birds of Prey World Cup race week has always been good to the U.S. Ski Team’s Ted Ligety. The Giant Slalom phenomenon has won six times in the past seven years on the course, making him one of the winningest racers ever at the famed Beaver Creek venue. “Beaver Creek and the Talon Crew have … Read More

New York Times | How to plan your first ski vacation

If you’ve never taken a ski-focused vacation, you may be missing out on one of wintertime’s most fun diversions, said Nadine Davidson, a travel planner with the Los Angeles travel agency TravelStore who specializes in ski trips. “Skiing is an opportunity to be immersed in a beautiful snowy environment,” Ms. Davidson said, “and you don’t … Read More

Denver Post | Vail dance festival a variety show of world-class talents

Dancers couldn’t be more different than Lil Buck and BalletX. He’s a solo act specializing in the ultra-contemporary, American street style called jookin’. They’re a traditional troupe rooted in classical movement that dates back to 15th-century Europe. But they share an adventurous spirit that makes their efforts just right for a week at the Vail International Dance Festival. Both … Read More

Renamed Youth Foundation, YouthPower365, looks to the future

EAGLE COUNTY — Nearly 20 years ago, a group of local businessmen wrote some checks to help area school children. Today, that modest idea has grown into a much larger project. Now, the Youth Foundation has a new name: YouthPower365. The first idea behind the Youth Foundation was to provide funding to new and existing … Read More

CEO responsible for 2015 World Champs to leave VVF

AVON, Colo. — After 25 years of exemplary service, hard work and an extraordinary list of achievements, the Vail Valley Foundation (VVF) announced Monday that Ceil Folz has decided to step down as CEO. Folz’s last day is slated for Friday, Oct. 9. Under Folz’s leadership, the VVF achieved some of its greatest milestones in … Read More

Vail Valley Gets “ACTIVELY GREEN” for 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

How can the world’s largest alpine ski race lead to sustainable tourism? During February 2-15, 2015 the Vail Valley will be hosting the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, showcasing athletes from over 70 nations with an estimated 750 million television viewers. In preparation for the event many community committees and volunteers are playing an active role. … Read More

Shiffrin partners with Vail Valley Foundation, towns for coming year

VAIL — The Vail Valley has come together to support its own Olympic champion, Mikaela Shiffrin, in a partnership that will see the 19-year-old Eagle-Vail resident help endorse her community and the 2015 World Championships during the course of the coming year. “I was born and raised here,” Shiffrin said. “I’m just so happy to … Read More

NY Times | From Winning to ‘Wow,’ Festival Fun Unfurls in Crisscrossing Acts

VAIL, Colo. — A number of Romantic ballets have central scenes set in the woods. Far from the madding crowd, within the realm of nature, the hero discovers the otherworldly heroine who satisfies his longing as the women of his own milieu do not. Therefore, as the audience could see at the Vail dance festival’s second International … Read More

Denver Post | Ford loved Vail, and it was mutual

Vail – To the rest of the world, he was Mr. President. To many people in the Vail Valley, however, he was simply Jerry. Gerald Ford brought the “winter White House” to Vail and placed the developing ski town on the map by regularly schussing down the slopes. He was considered a friend and regular guy … Read More

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