If you're a ski-pass swapper, you'd better choose your next target carefully. Turns out Vail is more likely to turn pass fraudsters over to police than a number of its Colorado sister resorts. According to the Vail Daily, Vail law enforcement has handed out nearly five times the number of misdemeanors as Summit County police for ticket fraud. That doesn't mean fraud happening more often at the bigger resort.
As we all know by now, much of the economy is in the, er, powder room. But it turns out that even with the mortgage crises, the credit crunches, the layoffs and the Madoffs, skiers are a resilient bunch. Turns out the fancified side of skiing -- the fur-lined boots, the overpriced après, the spa-based lifestyle -- is not what brings us to the hill. In the end, what we're there for is putting skis to slope, and not much else matters.
We don't know which news is better: the fact that enough of Vail Mountain is skiable that Lindsey Vonn can train on it; or that Vonn is training in Vail, where some of us wannabes can go gawk as she scorches the local course. The U.S.