FOD Saying of the Day
Let’s Make Vail Great Again. Let’s build a wall and make Aspen pay for it! – President of Vail
FOD Trivia Question of the Day
When the earth, sun and moon are in “quadrature” (at right angles to each other with the earth at the apex), the gravitational forces generated on the oceans’ tides are the weakest. What is this least powerful, lowest range tide called?
Previous FOD Trivia Answer
On a 25 mile bike ride, the front wheel will actually travel farther than the rear wheel. Why? Answer – Because the front wheel turns on the outside of the radius of turn of the bike overall and the rear wheel then tracks the more direct turning path.
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Vail, The 10th Mountain Division and The President of Vail
I’ve been skiing at Vail this last week courtesy of Friend of FOD Taco. Thanks Taco. It was great! Vail is a Home Rule Municipality in Eagle County, Colorado, United States. The population of the town was 5,305 in 2010. The town, home to Vail Ski Resort, is the largest ski mountain in Colorado. Vail was incorporated in 1966, four years after the opening of Vail Ski Resort. The ski area was founded by Pete Seibert and local rancher Earl Eaton in 1962, at the base of Vail Pass. The pass was named after Charles Vail, the highway engineer who routed U.S. Highway 6 through the Eagle Valley in 1940, which eventually became Interstate 70. Seibert, a New England native, served in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division during World War II, which trained at Camp Hale, 14 miles south of Vail between Red Cliff and Leadville. He was wounded in Italy at the Battle of Riva Ridge but went on to become a professional skier after he recovered. Seibert, with other former members of the 10th Mountain Division, returned to Colorado after World War II with the intention of opening a ski resort. Some background: In November 1939, after the Soviet Union‘s invasion of Finland, where Russian efforts were frustrated following the destruction of two armored divisions by Finnish soldiers on skis. The conflict caught global attention as the outnumbered and outgunned Finnish soldiers were able to use the difficult local terrain to their advantage severely hampering the Soviet attacks and embarrassing the Soviet military. Upon seeing the effectiveness of these troops, Charles Minot Dole, the president of the National Ski Patrol, began to lobby the War Department emphasizing the need for a similar unit of troops in the United States Army, trained for fighting in winter and mountain warfare. In September 1940, Dole was able to present his case to General George Marshall, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff, who agreed with Dole’s assessment, deciding to create a “Mountain” unit for fighting in harsh terrain. The U.S. Army authorized the formation of the platoon sized Army Ski Patrol in November 1940. The 10th Mountain Division was awarded two campaign streamers in World War II, and since one campaign streamer for Somalia, and four campaign streamers in the War on Terrorism for a total of seven campaign streamers and three unit decorations in its operational history. Vail Mountain rises from 8,120 feet to 11,570 feet, giving a vertical rise of 3,450 feet. It has a 5,289 acres skiable area, 33 ski lifts, and 193 marked skiing trails on three faces: the front side, the back bowls, and Blue Sky Basin (a great new addition). The seven back bowls are Sun Down Bowl, Sun Up Bowl, Teacup Bowl, China Bowl, Siberia Bowl, Inner Mongolia Bowl, and Outer Mongolia Bowl. Blue Sky Basin includes Pete’s Bowl and Earl’s Bowl—to commemorate Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton. As of late however the President of Vail has been complaining about the influx of ski bums to Vail from Aspen. He claims they are arriving through the mountains in droves, bringing turmoil to the area. He has insinuated they may be criminals, rapists, drug dealers and the dregs of society. They come, then they take those ski shop jobs, those restaurant jobs, those little band gigs from the Vail ski bums, and then they take those end seats at the bar when you’re looking for just one more stool. They bring only four or five credit cards with credit limits of $100K each and expect to be welcomed. The Vail president says they need to be stopped. Word has it other groups of ski bums are coming not just from Aspen, but they also coming from Telluride and Taos. These ski bums must be stopped. And a wall is the thing that will do it. He made it a campaign promise. Let’s Make Vail Great Again. Let’s Build A Wall and Make Aspen pay for it. It’s completely unrealistic to assume Aspen with contribute one cent toward such a venture. The President of Vail has a separate agenda in that he knows if he keeps the issue of ski bums from Aspen in the news, and the city council partially shut down, he knows the focus of the news media will be less likely to concentrate on the ongoing investigation as to whether he colluded with Steam Boat Springs to build to high end hotel and condo project in that city. Currently the evidence points to the fact that he and his family has been colluding with Steam Boat Springs for years in efforts to enrich his personal accounts and influence. It remains to be seen if this amoral individual, currently using the unpaid city workers as pones in a struggle with the city council can survive. More to follow. Comments welcomed and appreciated.