#VailBen Dispatch 8: Fourth of July in Vail is Better Than Candy

Jul. 9, 2014

Benjamin in front of the Vail Resorts float.

Benjamin in front of the Vail Resorts float, “Vail Welcomes the World.”

Behind a tall chain-link fence in the subterranean garage of the Lodge at Vail sat a giant beach ball—bigger than any beach ball I’d ever seen. Painted to resemble the Earth, it would eventually sit at the center of a Fourth of July float titled “Vail Welcomes the World.” As the float’s mastermind, Vail Resorts’ Bobbi Titter, was giving me a tour of this makeshift workshop late last week, she admitted she was a bit concerned. The blue and green beach ball might be too big, she said. When upwards of 30,000 people lay eyes on your Vail America Days parade float, there is a lot one worries about.

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#VailBen Dispatch 7: Tips For Taking the Best Instagram Photos in Vail

Jul. 5, 2014

Photographer Jack Affleck suggests shooting into the sun.

Photographer Jack Affleck suggests shooting with the sun at your subjects’ backs.

Part of my job as the winner of America’s Best Summer Job in Vail, Colorado is to give all my friends major FOMO.

What is FOMO, you ask? Well, it is that modern syndrom unique to social media users stuck behind their desk while their friends show off on some fantastic summer vacation. FOMO is: fear of missing out.

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#VailBen Dispatch 6: Mountain Biking Down Vail

Jul. 2, 2014

An intro to mountain biking with on of Vail’s expert guides.

Benjamin (right) with friend Carrie Wilbanks and guide Steve Hill.

You can’t fight Vail mountain.

I learned this back in college, when several friends, who were into downhill mountain biking, told me that speed was your friend.

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Australia friendly LAX – EGE flight schedules are ready to book!

Jul. 2, 2014

Australia friendly flights to Vail
The new American Airlines flight schedule between Los Angeles (LAX) and Vail/Eagle County Airport (EGE) has just been released – making it easier than ever before for Australians to ski Vail and Beaver Creek!

The Aussie-friendly timing works out so that you can ski the same day as arrival and departure – hands down the best cure for jet lag.

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#VailBen Dispatch 5: Learning to Love Fly Fishing

Jun. 26, 2014

 

Benjamin, and his fly fishing guide, Alex.

Benjamin and his fly fishing guide Alex

I am not the first person to compare fly fishing to golf. But after spending a day angling near Vail, Colorado, the parallels became clear.

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Vail Mountain Cleanup 2014

Jun. 18, 2014

Vail summer cleanupIt’s probably happened to all of us at some point: that moment when you watch your ski pole/glove/car keys/ski pass/cell phone/credit card drop headlong into a snow bank as you ride up the chairlift, never to be seen again.

…or will it? 

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#VailBen Ongoing Dispatch: The Best Food I’ve Eaten in Vail.

Jun. 17, 2014

Benjamin showing off his Rocky Mountain Trout at Terra Bistro.
Benjamin showing off his Rocky Mountain Trout at Terra Bistro.

My summer in Vail hasn’t been all rivers, and mountains, and slackline lessons. Part of having America’s Best Summer Job means experiencing all Vail has to offer—and that includes the food. In fact, dining out in Vail might be one of the best perks of the job.

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