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Tanner Hall, one of the most recognized names in freeskiing, was arrested early Saturday morning at Fubar in Vail Village and charged with disorderly conduct, police said.

Then, Sunday, the 21-year-old won the U.S. Freeskiing Open ski superpipe contest at Vail.

Hall and teammate Mikael Deschenaux, both 21, Chris Biollo, and another man whose identity wasn’t disclosed, were arrested around 2 a.m. Saturday after a skirmish with bouncers at the club, police said.

“They were fighting with the doormen,” said Sgt. Mike Knox of the Vail Police Department. “From what I understand, they were all very arrogant with the officers and not very nice.”

Hall and hundreds of the world’s best freeskiers were in town for the contest.

On Sunday, after taking the victory in superpipe, Hall expressed remorse over the off-piste incident.

“Some bouncers didn’t like who I was. They didn’t like me in their club,” Hall said. “It’s hard when you’re a kid that’s 21 years old who everyone’s looking at. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m not happy about this. To all my fans and to everybody in Vail, I’m very sorry you had to hear about that. I’m very embarrassed.”

Hall said it was the first time he’d been arrested.

CRESTED BUTTE (AP) ” Crested Butte ski resort reopened Teocalli Bowl Monday, more than a decade after the avalanche death of a ski patrolman forced its closure.

The resort’s new owners, Tim and Diane Mueller of Triple Peaks, LLC, reopened the terrain after developing an evacuation plan and two weeks of setting off explosives to control avalanche danger, the Crested Butte News reported.

The 60 acres of rolling, extreme terrain opened in the winter of 1991-92 to guided skiing, but closed in 1993 following the death of Robert DuVal.

After DuVal’s death, the resort discovered its Forest Service permit did not include the entire area. The Muellers negotiated their permits to include the terrain when they bought the resort last spring.

A trailer home caught fire Monday in River Meadows near Veltus Park, destroying in minutes the trailer and a truck parked outside.

News of the fire moved quickly through the mobile home park and the Hotel Colorado, where Carmen Ortiz, who lived in the trailer, works as a housekeeper.

The Glenwood Springs Fire Department received a report of a trailer with smoke coming out of the windows but no visible flame at 1:14 p.m., said Lt. Pete Bradshaw, who oversaw the firefighting effort.

Firefighters arrived at 1:19 p.m. to heavy smoke and fire on the trailer’s attached porch. They mounted an initial attack as the fire on the porch ignited a Ford pickup parked outside.

The fire was considered controlled by 1:37 p.m. but by then the trailer had been destroyed. The cause of the fire is unknown, and officials are calling it nonsuspicious.

“The construction’s so lightweight [in trailers] it just fuels the fire,” said Bradshaw.

Ortiz had thought she and her family would stay on the floor of a friend’s trailer, but the Hotel Colorado has offered family members a place to stay until they get back on their feet, according to a press release from Larry MacDonald, general manager of the Hotel Colorado.

The trailer, its contents and the truck were a total loss, said Bradshaw, who estimated the damage at $140,000.


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