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Somewhat separately, an effort in the 1980s yielded a music festival called Bravo! Colorado. The festival stumbled a bit, but fairly quickly got legs under it — including the philanthropy of wealthy patrons. The festival has grown steady and now includes residencies by the nation’s most renowned orchestras, including the New York, Rochester, Dallas and Philadelphia philharmonics and the National Repertory Orchestra.

Aspen also has a music festival that draws among the best musical students in the land — students who may well aspire to these orchestras that perform in Vail.

Vail’s dance festival has also grown. A giant step, if somewhat a false one, occurred in the 1990s when it drew the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Those knowledgeable about ballet wrinkled their noses, because these were the students of the Bolshoi, which is not even considered the best ballet company in Russia. Nonetheless, with that well-known name in the marquee, patrons arrived in droves. The festival has built upon those successes and now, according to knowledgeable sources, is quite possibly the best dance festival in the world.

What does it take to assemble such cultural offerings? Lots of hotels willing to devote many rooms to the effort. Plus, the festivals require the ability to tap the wealth of second-home owners and wealthy retirees. Partly because of that benevolence, more or less average-income residents of the Vail area can attend, if not necessarily with front-row seats.

Vail or Aspen? Aspen has more politicians, scientists and authors. But Vail during summer holds it own.


Who bought The Canyons?

PARK CITY, Utah – Recriminations continue in the case of a ski resort in Park City where two big-league developers, Vail Resorts and Talisker Corp., are legally jousting for The Canyons.

The current owner of the ski area is American Skiing, the skiing chain that at one time owned resorts from Appalachia to the Sierra Nevada. The company was always on shaky ground, despite the success of individual resorts such as Steamboat. Now, with sale of The Canyons, the company will be no more.

Vail Resorts bid $95 million for it, but Talisker — which is developing real estate at Deer Valley, another ski area at Park City — bid $100 million — the bid awarded by American Skiing. Vail Resorts has sued, and announced belatedly that it was offering $110 million.

“Disingenuous,” responded Steve Gruber, chairman of the board for American Skiing, in a letter obtained by The Park Record. He claims Vail Resorts manipulated journalists.

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