Why Vail Matters: 50 Years In, Vail has rewritten the North American ski experience

13th December 2012 | Andy Bigford

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Scenic Vail, CO. Photo by Jack Affleck.

Scenic Vail, CO. Photo by Jack Affleck.

Scenic Vail, CO. Photo by Jack Affleck.
Vail is decorated for the holidays.

Photo by: Jack Affleck

Vail is decorated for the holidays. Photo by: Jack Affleck

Vail is decorated for the holidays.

Photo by: Jack Affleck
Amid the glory of Colorado's High Country, attendees of a recent Taste of Vail enjoy samples from chefs at restaurants throughout the Vail Valley during the festival's annual Mountaintop Picnic. The picnic  takes place atop Vail Mountain at 10,350 feet above sea level.

Amid the glory of Colorado's High Country, attendees of a recent Taste of Vail enjoy samples from chefs at restaurants throughout the Vail Valley during the festival's annual Mountaintop Picnic. The picnic takes place atop Vail Mountain at 10,350 feet above sea level.

Amid the glory of Colorado's High Country, attendees of a recent Taste of Vail enjoy samples from chefs at restaurants throughout the Vail Valley during the festival's annual Mountaintop Picnic. The picnic  takes place atop Vail Mountain at 10,350 feet above sea level.
Lindsay Vonn skiing with Warren Miller Productions

Vail, CO

Apr 2 2010

Lindsay Vonn skiing with Warren Miller Productions Vail, CO Apr 2 2010

Lindsay Vonn skiing with Warren Miller Productions

Vail, CO

Apr 2 2010
Skating at Lion’s HeadPhoto by: Jack Affleck

Skating at Lion’s HeadPhoto by: Jack Affleck

Skating at Lion’s HeadPhoto by: Jack Affleck
A skier enjoys fresh powder and blue skies at Vail.

© Jack Affleck

A skier enjoys fresh powder and blue skies at Vail. © Jack Affleck

A skier enjoys fresh powder and blue skies at Vail.

© Jack Affleck
Kids learn how to ski at Vail Mountain in Colorado. Photo by Dan Davis courtesy of Vail Resort.

Kids learn how to ski at Vail Mountain in Colorado. Photo by Dan Davis courtesy of Vail Resort.

Kids learn how to ski at Vail Mountain in Colorado. Photo by Dan Davis courtesy of Vail Resort.