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Cops on skis keep the peace at Vail and Beaver Creek. But they’re more likely to lend a friendly mitten.

VAIL — Det. Greg Schwartz spies a couple in need and skis up to them in front of the bright yellow “Slow Skiing” sign on Vail’s Northwoods run.  “Can I take it for you?” he asks, reaching for the phone balancing in Lowell Zarzuela’s hand as he snaps selfies of himself and his wife, Angie. […]

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Eagle County mountaineer killed in avalanche outside Beaver Creek is 12th fatality this season

Few skiers had more experience in the backcountry than Gary Smith.  The Eagle County mountaineer had skied Denali, explored some of Colorado’s most remote peaks and shepherded countless skiers into the backcountry with his in-depth gear reviews for and work at Cripple Creek Backcountry shop in Vail.  On Monday, the 37-year-old mountaineer died in […]

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Skier killed in East Vail avalanche identified as longtime local John Kuo

The Eagle County Coroner’s Office identified the skier killed in Thursday’s avalanche in East Vail as John Kuo, a longtime Vail local and gifted skier known among friends as “Johnny Tsunami.” Kuo skied East Vail often and left the backcountry access gate atop Vail’s Siberia Bowl midday Thursday. The avalanche on the eastern flank of […]

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Prosecutors drop official misconduct charge against Eagle County’s sheriff, saying they can’t prove the case

An official misconduct charge brought against Eagle County Sheriff James van Beek has been dismissed in what his attorney says is a misunderstanding with the district attorney that could have been resolved over a cup of coffee.  Instead, the case went to a grand jury, which over the summer charged van Beek with misusing funds. […]