Lake View.

View on a Monday of Lake Superior.  Basswood Island straight ahead, and Madeline Island to the right.IMG_2104

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Public School Failure?

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Could it be that the issue isn’t gun control and is a the failure of our public schools to properly teach reading and reading comprehension?

Discuss.

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50 Best Productivity Apps For iPhone.

Of course you need more apps for your mobile devices.

 

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Aren’t We Yet Tired of the Feds Being Totally Wrong…

Aren’t We Yet Tired of the Feds Being Totally Wrong

– Or Lying to Us?

Apparently not as we continue to fall deeper and deeper in to the abyss of the political quagmire here in the U.S..

 

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Vail’s Blue Sky Basin Celebrates 15 Years

North side of Vail Mountain, and Vail Valley.

North side of Vail Mountain, and Vail Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vail’s Blue Sky Basin Celebrates 15 Years of Skiing and Snowboarding

Since its opening 15 years ago on Jan. 6, 2000, Blue Sky Basin has become a legendary area on Vail Mountain and a favorite amongst locals and guests from around the world. This outer-most area of the resort offers a distinct backcountry feel, complete with glades, cliffs, steeps, and often plenty of powder and fresh tracks within 645 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain!

In honor and celebration of Blue Sky Basin’s 15th anniversary at Vail Mountain, following is a list of the 15 things we love about this legendary area of Vail Mountain!

  1. A Powder Day!

It goes without saying that Blue Sky Basin powder days are the best days! An abundance of powder, fresh tracks and secret stashes await skiers and snowboarders here after recent snowfalls.

  1. The Backcountry-Like Feel

Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy all the ambience of the backcountry, including barn-like structures, gladed terrain, cliffs and steeps, all within the safety of the ski resort boundaries. The NSAA even awarded Vail with the Silver Eagle award in 2000 for excellence in visual impact.

  1. Its Size

With 645 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain, Blue Sky Basin alone is bigger than many individual ski resorts around the United States! That’s a lot of terrain to explore in addition to the rest of Vail’s more than 5,000 acres of terrain.

  1. Gladed Terrain

Known for its amazing natural gladed terrain, Blue Sky Basin, offers fantastic tree skiing in places like Champagne Glade, Steep and Deep, and Resolution.

  1. Groomers, too!

Intermediate skiers and snowboarders don’t be shy, Vail Mountain’s snowcats still make the seven-plus mile journey out to Blue Sky Basin each day to groom trails like Big Rock Park, Grand Review and The Star.

  1. Grilling at Belle’s Camp

Pack up the burgers and brats, and head out to Blue Sky Basin’s Belle’s Camp for the ultimate on-mountain barbeque complete with expansive views of the Sawatch Mountains and Ten-Mile range.

  1. The Views

Blue Sky Basin’s terrain isn’t the only thing that takes your breath away in this outer-most area on Vail Mountain. Panoramic views of surrounding mountain peaks and of Vail’s legendary Back Bowls are just as impressive as the sheer variety of terrain.

  1. Lover’s Leap

Whether you take the plunge solo, or with a partner, Blue Sky Basin’s Lover’s Leap is sure to get your heart pounding as you slide up to the edge of the cornice and take a leap of faith onto the steep snow surface below.

  1. Choose Your Own Adventure through Big Rock Park

No two runs are ever the same when skiing and snowboarding down Big Rock Park. Stick to the main-groomed trail, weave in and out of tree islands, pop into the trees for fresh powder, and make this run all your own!

  1. Dawg Haus

Break for a brew and a brat at this trail-side hot dog stand in between laps on Pete’s Express Lift (#39). It’s the perfect quick lunch stop for hungry skiers and snowboarders who don’t want to break from their powder laps for too long.

  1. The Name and Historical Connection

The name of the area honors the Ute Indians, the original settlers of the Vail Valley, who were referred to as the “Blue Sky People.” The tribute, combined with Colorado’s brilliant blue skies inspired the name Blue Sky Basin. The area also pays tribute to Vail’s founders in the names of two of the three Blue Sky Basin chairlifts – Earl’s Express Lift (#38) and Pete’s Express Lift (#39).

  1. While the Snow’s Away, the Wildlife Can Play!

As part of the approval for Blue Sky Basin, the U.S. Forest Service implemented a Supervisor’s Closure on the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin to protect elk calving habitat from early-May to the end of June and no organized summer activities are allowed.

  1. The Fireplace at Belle’s Camp

Head inside Belle’s Camp to warm up by the fire on a snowy winter’s day.

  1. The Snow Stake Cam

Your best source for live, up-to-the-minute snowfall totals in Blue Sky Basin. Check out the online camera at Vail.com to see for yourself how much snow fell in the past 24 hours.

  1. Last, but certainly not least, that one particular line in that one particular place on an epic powder day – you know the one!

What do you love about Blue Sky Basin? Share your favorites with Vail throughout the month of January by tagging @VailMtn on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and using the hashtag #BlueSkyBasin.

For more information visit www.vail.com, stop by the Mountain Information Center, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

About Vail Mountain

Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the upcoming 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. www.vail.com.

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Tonight’s Entertainment

GARY ROMER, MEL TEEPLES AND JEFF GREGERSON.  Presenting a great Christmas program.

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Hangouts and catching up

I had a wonderful opportunity to once again have an hour of great conversation with my friend and political pundit Willie Lawson last night. While it’s always stimulating conversation, I did the entire hour from my phone while often walking around the community. Mobile connectivity is great.

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More than Two Feet of New Snow…

More than Two Feet of New Snow and 1,300 Acres of Terrain Await Skiers and Snowboarders at Vail Mountain

  • The Highline Express Lift (#10) opened today.
  • More Terrain Openings Anticipated for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

After one of the best opening weekends in recent memory, Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, is now offering skiers and snowboarders access to more than 1,300 acres of terrain, thanks to more than two feet of fresh powder that fell over the weekend and continued snowfall into this week.

Skiers and snowboarders now have access to the following lifts and more than 1,300 acres of skiable terrain in these areas on Vail Mountain:

  • Gondola One
  • Avanti Express Lift (#2)
  • Wildwood Express Lift (#3)
  • Mountain Top Express Lift (#4)
  • Game Creek Express Lift (#7)
  • Born Free Express Lift (#8)
  • Highline Express Lift (#10)
  • Northwoods Express Lift (#11)
  • Little Eagle Lift (#15)
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola

Early season is a fantastic time to visit Vail, and thanks to Mother Nature’s generous snowfall this month the mountain is in great shape and the resort anticipates opening up even more terrain for the upcoming holiday weekend. In addition to great conditions, early season also offers the benefits of better deals, smaller crowds and more of the mountain to yourself!

Kick-Off Winter with Snow, Après, and Free Concerts at Vail Snow Daze Dec. 12-14 & 19-21

Early season also brings the resort’s signature event – Snow Daze! Not long after the annual start of the ski and snowboard season, Snow Daze, offers visitors the ultimate winter kick-off party. Spend the day on the mountain, après at parties throughout the village, and wrap up the night with free concerts! This year’s lineup features live entertainment from Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R., The Wallflowers, 10,000 Maniacs and Rusted Root. For more information, visit www.vail.com/snowdaze.

EpicDay Express: For the Ultimate Convenience and Savings on Lift Tickets

With the implementation of a new mobile ticket platform, guests now have the ability to purchase daily lift tickets online and on their mobile devices, in advance or up-to-the-minute before enjoying the mountain at the guaranteed lowest price – as much as 25 percent off the lead rate. In other words, bypass the normal ticket window and get on the mountain faster than ever! Existing hard card lift passes may be instantly reloaded, allowing skiers and snowboarders to head right to the lift. For guests who need a new hard card, an express lane will be available at ticket windows for added convenience.

Enjoy Early Season and Off-Peak Pursuits at Vail this Winter!

Dreaming of the mountain to yourself now? Come experience everything Vail Mountain and Vail Village have to offer during early season and off-peak time periods this winter and receive the BEST rates of the season. Plus, book two or more nights at The Lodge at Vail or The Arrabelle at Vail Square and receive up to $150 mountain money to use towards lift tickets, rentals, shopping, dining and more. The longer you stay, the more you receive!

About Vail Mountain

Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. www.vail.com.

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Powder Hounds Rejoice in Return of Copper Mountain Snow Day Pass

English: The East Village at Copper Mountain, ...

English: The East Village at Copper Mountain, Colorado. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — December 2013 — Copper Mountain has received over seven feet of snow so far in the 2013/2014 season showcasing some of the best early-season conditions in recent years. With new snow gracing the slopes, Copper Mountain is excited to offer the best deal on the slopes: the 2013/2014 Snow Day Pass. For just $99, the Snow Day Pass allows guests unlimited lift access at Copper Mountain any day that the mountain receives four inches of snow or more. Copper Mountain averages 30 “snow days” each winter season and with upcoming snow in the forecast the Snow Day Pass gives guests the best bang for their buck this winter.

The Snow Day Pass is valid when the official Copper Mountain snow report states four inches or more. The report is based on the previous 24-hour period and an official ‘snow day’ will be announced the morning of the valid day. Guests can find snow day announcements at www.coppercolorado.com starting at 5:30 a.m., by signing up for the Daily Mountain Report, by checking out the live Snow Stake Web Cam or by following Copper Mountain at www.facebook.com/CopperMtn or @CopperMtn on Twitter.

With the purchase of the Snow Day Pass, Copper offers two guaranteed bonus days of skiing and riding on Superbowl Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, and on Closing Day, April 20, 2014.The Snow Day Pass is available for a limited time only either online at www.coppercolorado.com/snowdaypass or in person at any Guest Services location.

Mark the calendar, Copper Mountain kicks off the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix series, a U.S. Olympic team selection event, this week, Dec. 19 – 22. Both slopestyle and halfpipe disciples with be featured at Copper Mountain before making their world debut in February in Russia. Athletes will be throwing their biggest and best tricks in the last Colorado qualifier before Sochi. Top athletes from all over the world are expected to compete giving spectators a chance to watch and rub elbows with the sport’s next big stars. New this season guests can watch the high-flying action of both Snowboarding and Freeskiing in Copper’s Main Vein Superpipe under the lights on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20 – 21. For more information please visit www.coppercolorado.com

Don’t want to miss any of the action? Last Chance Lodging is still available, book your nights and save up to 33%.

Visit CopperColorado.com for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging steals, event details, and more.

Stay in the loop all year long at www.facebook.com/CopperMtn or @CopperMtn on Twitter.

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Keystone Resort Offers Last-Minute Holiday Deals

Keystone Resort Offers Last-Minute Holiday Deals, Expanded Terrain and Festive Holiday Events and Activities

Keystone, Colo. — Dec. 17, 2013— Families and friends will be guaranteed a White Christmas this season at Keystone Resort. The Summit County, Colo. resort has received more than five feet of natural snow so far,

English: Keystone Village at night.

English: Keystone Village at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

and is offering skiers and riders more than 1,600 acres of skiable terrain for the Holiday Season. Snow enthusiasts can also enjoy a variety of on-and-off mountain activities including mountaintop snow cat tours, ice skating, snow tubing and the fourth year of Keystone’s popular Kidtopia family programming, complete with a mountaintop snow fort.

Limited Holiday lodging availability still exists for families looking to create unforgettable memories together without breaking the bank; Keystone’s lodging is available at up to 50% offthis Holiday season, and regardless of whether children are on the naughty or nice list, kids 12 and under ski for free with any two or more nights stay in one of Keystone’s many accommodation options. Keystone’s unprecedented Kids Ski Free offer even works during the Holiday period as the deal has no blackout dates throughout the entire ski season.

Keystone will kick-off the fourth year of Kidtopia activities on Saturday, Dec. 21, with the first installment of the weekly Riperoo Parade, featuring a professional float, the unveiling of this year’s mountaintop snow fort and the launch of daily activities including ice skating parties, meet-and-greets with the mountain’s adorable avalanche dogs and specialty programming including Cupcakes and Canvases (art classes complete with delicious cupcakes). For those looking to enjoy kid’s programming indoors, Keystone introduces the new Kidtopia Headquarters, an indoor space filled with fun activities including a new Ready, Paint, Firepottery shop.

Other Holiday festivitieswill include the resort’s famed 8,000 pound chocolate Village display, an ice skating showcase, Kidtopia fireworks show, carolers and a concert with Keller Williams and his Compadres. The big man himself, Santa Claus, will make a quick pit-stop for a special Holiday breakfastDec. 24, before he sets off on his busy night of gift-giving.

For families looking to gather around the Holiday table together, Keystone’s convenient inventory of condominium-style lodgingprovides all the comforts of home, including full kitchens in most units. Or, have someone else do the cooking and visit one of Keystone’s amazing dining outlets; special Holiday menus will be available at many of Keystone’s signature dining locations.

All of Keystone’s activities and amenities will be available daily throughout the Holiday season.

For more information about Keystone Resort and all of this year’s Holiday programming, please visit keystoneresort.comor call (877) 204-7889. Follow the resort at @keystonemtn on Twitter or at www.Facebook.com/Keystone.

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company’s subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company’s subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

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