In Brief: Vail downplays slippage in ski rankings; Last day for ski-safety survey |

In Brief: Vail downplays slippage in ski rankings; Last day for ski-safety survey

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Last day for ski-safety survey

As part of a two-course sequence at Fort Lewis College, marketing professor Tomasz Miaskiewicz has his classes focusing on behavior at and opinions of ski areas, perceptions of on-slope safety, and the development of messaging so that various groups “slide with respect.” And, you can help today.

“The first phase of this research is focused on getting input from snowsliders using a survey that was designed as part of my marketing-research class,” he said. “The survey will be active until Nov. 23.” The direct link to the survey is:

“If you could participate and/or share the survey with your friends/audience, we would greatly appreciate it,” he said. “By doing so, you are helping us collect as much data as possible and develop effective messaging that is driven by the results of our research.”

For more information about the overall project, visit

Summer Words workshop moves to Snowmass

The Summer Words juried workshop June 18-23 has a new location at the The Viewline Snowmass Resort in Snowmass, and applications are due Feb. 17, 2023.

The 2023 faculty for the workships in Book EditingFictionMemoirMiddle GradePersonal EssayPoetry and Sci-Fi/Fantasy is set: Claire DedererAshley C. FordMajor JacksonAlaya Dawn Johnson, Erin Entrada KellyKatie KitamuraTom PerrottaEmily RaboteauVictoria Redel, Luis Alberto UrreaMichelle Wildgen

Workshop descriptions and faculty bios are available at

Applications for the non-juried Readers’ Retreat (led by Luis Alberto Urrea) and Open Writing (led by Victoria Redel) will open in early 2023.

A $35 application fee and writing sample required for all juried workshops. Organizers suggest potential applicants carefully read all manuscript guidelines before applying. 

Fire at Glenwood RV park sends one to hospital

A structure fire at Ami’s Acres RV Park ignited early Tuesday morning leaving one person in hospital, according to the Glenwood Springs Fire Department.

“The quick response of firefighters kept this fire to the building of origin and stopped the flames from spreading to additional property,” Incident Commander Ryan Wyckoff said.

The department received the call at 2:54 a.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found a 40-foot, fifth-wheel trailer fully engulfed in flames and spreading to four cars parked next to the trailer, the news release states. 

Occupants of the trailer were evacuated with one person being sent to the hospital, and a dog was taken to the Valley Emergency Pet Care in Basalt. 

Firefighters were able to evacuate occupants from that and neighboring trailers before extinguishing the fire and keeping it from spreading, according to the release.

The two adjacent trailers sustained extensive heat and smoke damage, displacing the occupants. 

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado River Fire Rescue, and Glenwood Springs Fire Department used a joint effort requiring three fire engines, one water tender, an ambulance, and a command vehicle with 13 firefighters, according to the release. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Garfield County Fire Investigation Team and the Glenwood Springs Fire Department. 

Garfield County seeing spike in RSV cases

Garfield County Public Health is reporting a rapid increase in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections in children across Colorado, including locally.

The virus has been particularly hard on infants and children below the age of 2, public health officials said. 

Coupled with a growing number of cases of seasonal flu and the continued presence of COVID-19, it’s important to remember to take basic precautions and keeping up to date on flu and COVID-19 vaccinations, Garfield County Public Health Immunizations Nurse Manager Danielle Dudley said.

“We can’t always avoid every illness, but we can give ourselves the best chance possible,” she said. “We cannot stress enough: Stay home when you are sick, and keep your kids home when they are sick to avoid spreading unwanted illnesses to others. Always cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze; everyone around you will appreciate it.”

RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms and is the leading cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children under one in the United States, a news release from Garfield County Public Health states. 

Vail downplays slippage in ski rankings

Each year, various national magazines compile rankings for top destinations, hotels and ski resorts. This year, Vail Mountain fell off the Top Ski Areas in North America list from Condé Nast Traveler and maintained its No. 20 position from the previous year in a similar list (Top Resorts in the West) from Ski Magazine. Neighboring Beaver Creek Resort came in at No. 17 and No. 15, respectively, in the two rankings.

At the Tuesday, Nov. 15, Vail Town Council meeting, Council member Jonathan Staufer said that Vail’s slipping from the Condé Nast list was a cause for concern.

“I think everybody probably saw it and was as concerned as I was about the Condé Nast ratings for Vail,” he said. “I think not even being in the top 20 is of some concern.

“I’m not really sure where we’re falling down, and I’d like to know that,” he said. “What can we do to get the private sector to help us get back to a commitment of quality? I think that’s incredibly important. Because, as I said, there’s not anybody in this entire organization that doesn’t want Vail to be No. 1, and I think that’s true across this entire community and up on the hill.”

However, this concern for the slippage in the rankings was not held by representatives from the Vail Chamber & Business Association, Vail Valley Partnership, or Vail Resorts.

Alison Wadey, the executive director of the VBCA, said the group does “not have any tracking if this ranking affects our guests’ reason for visiting or not.”

Both Vail Valley Partnership’s Chris Romer and Vail Resorts’ Senior Communications Manager John Plack said that there is not any correlation between magazine rankings and visitation.

“These types of rankings are important from a public-relations perspective, and it is always nice to be recognized as ‘best of the best,'” said Romer, who leads the valley-wide chamber. “However, there is very little if any economic impact that can be tracked to these ratings.”

Wadey added that she sees no economic impact from the rankings.

“We have had record sales tax collections the past year, so I do not think this ranking affects our visitors’ desire to come to Vail,” she said.

For Vail Resorts, the rankings are no cause for concern regarding the resort’s future: “Not one bit,” Plack said.