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VailonwHEElsinternatnalcyclngwasamajrattractndurngthe1980swhentheCrsinternatnalBcyclngClassccamettwn.TheValVllageCrterumandtheValPassTmeTralStagedrewthusandsfspectatrsdurngtsnearly10-yearrunandwasthenspratnfrValspursutfaddtnalcyclngcmpettnsncludngtheUCiWrldMuntanBkeChampnshpsn199and001andtheUSAPrChallengen011whchreturnstValn01.VailsCulturalJewel87Vailsculturaloeringsblossomedin1987whentheGeraldR.FordAmphitheaterandits1260coveredseatsand1300lawnseatsopened.Successhadntcomeeasilyhowever.Fundraisingo6millionhadstalleduntiltheVailValleyFoundationsteppedinraisingthenal2.2millionneededtocompletetheoutdoorperormingartstheater.Indoingsotheoundationbecameownerandoperatorotheacilityandwasgivenalong-termleaseothelandbythetown.TheJuneopeningwasattendedbyitsnamesakethe38thpresidentandMrs.FordbothothementhusiasticsupportersoVail.WillieNelsonperormedtherstsummerandtheHotSummerNightsconcertserieswaslaunchedalongwiththerstreePatrioticConcertperormedbytheColoradoSymphony.TheBravoVailValleyMusicFestivalhelditsrstperormanceattheamphitheaterin1988.ThatsameyeartheparkgainedanotherdimensionwithestablishmentotheBettyFordAlpineGardensthehighestbotanicalgardensintheworld.Yetanothermilestonewasnotchedin1989.TheBolshoiAcademyoMoscowhadexpectedtoperormballetelsewhereintheUnitedStates.ThatopportunityvanishedandVailleaptattheopportunitytohostthusbeginningtheVailInternationalDanceFestival.Formedin1981theVailValleyFoundationwascrucialinthisandothereortstobroadenVailsperormingarts.WildernessandWaterBattles88The1980sbroughtadditionalenvironmentalattentiontotheVailarea.AtertheendominingalmostadecadebeorethenalresidentsoGil-manthecompanytownlocatedaboutsixmilesromVailwereevictedin1985.Bythenstateofcialshadbegunnegotiatingcleanupominetailingswhichwerepol-lutingtheEagleRiver.Dependentuponrecreationinclud-ingshinginlocalwatersVailhadadirectstakeintheoutcomeeveniitsGoreCreekwhichhadbeennamedaGoldMedaltroutsherybytheColoradoWildlieCommissionwasunaected.Atgreatlengthrivercleanupbeganandcontinuestobemonitoredtoday.Vailalsohadaninterestinprotectinglocalwatersromdiversion.FrontRangecitiesDenverAuroraandColoradoSpringsownedextensivewaterrightsinandaroundVailincludingtheEaglesNestandHolyCrossWildernessareas.TheCongressionallawcreatingHolyCrossWildernessin1980speciedthatthedesignationdidnotprecludetheabil-ityoColoradoSpringsandAuroratodivertwaterrominsidethewilderness.ThetwocitiessetouttodojustthatexpandingtheirexistingHomestakewatersupplybyacomplexsetotunnelsandcanals.ManyVailresidentsjoinedanoppositiongrouptheHolyCrossWilder-nessDeenseFundandthelocalwaterdistrictalsobecameanactiveadversary.In1988EagleCountycommissionersdeniedthenecessarypermitsonenviron-mentalgrounds.CourtchallengesandproceduralissuesdelayedtheoutcomebutlocalinterestsintheHomestakeIIcaseprevailed.NoadditionalwaterletEagleCounty.Nearlytwodecadeslaterwaterow-inginlocalstreamswasurthersecuredthroughthecooperativeeortolocalandFrontRangewaterproviders.SkiWorldSpotlightFocusesonVail89TheeyesotheworldturnedtowardVailduringtwoden-ingweeksin1989whenthecommunityhostedtheWorldAlpineSkiChampi-onshipsundertheguidanceotheVailValleyFoundationandthescrutinyotheFISInternationalSkiFederation.Ithadbeennearly40yearssincetheprestigiouseventwashostedonAmeri-cansoilandmorethan1200volunteerswelcomedathletesandcoachesromarecord42nations.DespiteheavysnowallandrigidtemperaturesthatstayedbelowzerooroneraceVailandBeaverCreekdemonstratedtotheskiracingworlditknewhowtostageagoodshow.ThemillionsotelevisionsetsacrossEuropeandelsewherealsotooknoteowhatamajorresortVailhadbecomeanditsabundantpowder.Insuccessiveyearsinternationalvisi-torsspikedandthenVaildiditagainhostingtheracesin1999thersttimeinhistorytheeventhadreturnedtothesamesitewithina10-yearspan.TheskiingchampionshipswillmakeathirdappearanceatVailBeaverCreekin2015.VailPublicLibrarybuildingdedicated.Votersapprove1.6millionbondorreconstructionoLionsheadpedestrianmall.AmericanSkiClassicbegins.1983MudslidesrockallscauseextensivepropertydamageatSnowberryandBoothCreek.Townadoptsbuildingre-strictionsingeologi-callysensitiveareas.ColoradoMountainCollegecampusopensatCascade.1984GeraldR.FordAmphitheateropensinFordPark.AnnexationoEastIntermountain.Votersdeeat16millionCongressHall.BravoColoradoMusicFestivalounded.1987BettyFordAlpineGardensestablishedashighestbotanicalgardeninU.S.SnowboarderswelcomedonVailMountain.ChinaBowlopens.1988WorldAlpineSkiChampionshipscometoVailonlysecondchampion-shipsheldoutsideEurope.TamaraMcKinneywinsgoldandbronze.1989VailRecreationDistrictbeginseasi-bilitydiscussionsorpar3golcourseatBoothFalls.Projectendsfveyearslaterwhenrevenuebondelectionails.GeorgeGillettbuysVailAssociatesex-pandsocusonguestservicescompletesinstallationoourhigh-speedquadlits.StudentsonVailInternationalHockeyTeammakefrsttriptoChinawithMervLapin.1985AboveWorldAlpineChampionshipceremonies.LetCrowdsconvergeonVailduringtheCoorsBicycleClassicin1984.TheGeraldR.FordAmphitheaterwascompletedin1987.Atera9millionreconstructionin2001theacilityisbeingupgradedagainwithterracingothelawnseatingandnewrestroomsattheeastendothevenue.SportsFileCourtesyoMichaelAisnerDannCofey11ARETRoSPECTiVE