Giving Thanks from a Vail – Six Pak

by  Clayton Moore

There is one thing that the Vail Lodging community is in 100% agreement with – the FACT that ….”WHITE BRINGS GREEN”!  Vail Skiers will immediately recognize this Snowy Sunday photo from Chair 4 – Vail’s newest lift and a “six-pak” to boot!


Nothing and the ECT means NOTHING is better for the start of Ski Season than BIG EARLY! – And Mother Nature is cooperating this year!  There is no real change in today’s snowy weather predicted by the NWS till Wednesday (26NOV2014).  To listen to the Real-Time NOAA/NWS weather Report – streaming their Radio Audio from Castle Peak in Eagle, Colorado (Click Here) – and don’t forget to thank the nice folks at InternetVail.Com that make that Radio/Audio Stream possible for Eagle County, Colorado.

Vail Ski Instructor Salaries vs. Vail CEO “Kid Katz”

by  Fairwages

You’ll never read nor see this in the Daily Fishwrap.  Vail’s CEO buys way too much Paid Print Advertising there…to ever have those folks show you, nor tell you,  nor make an issue out of it.

Yes…it’s a bit political.


Topic?  Vail Ski Instructor Salaries vs. Rob Katz ($4.3 -million dollar) annual Salary (before benefits and stock options).

It’s rated “G” for General Audiences…their message is (CLICK HERE)

The Vail Ski Instructions little animated Video didn’t mention that Vail Resorts also recently dropped Health Care coverage for their Part Time employees.  The ECT documented/reported that (Click Here) – the Fishwrap, of course…didn’t.  Shocking isn’t it.

One more thing…for our left-wing (minimum wage) supporting ECT readers…  CEO Rob Katz…is a registered, Democrat.

Jus’ Sayin…

Citizens Referendum – Stops Avon! (for now)

by   Clayton Moore

Dateline:  Tuesday, November 18th 2013 –  Avon’s Grass Roots Citizens ‘Petition for Referendum’ has (for now) stopped the out going Avon Council from taking on millions more in long term DEBT!

Their plan was to pay for this Millions in proposed/new DEBT by using the 2% (RETT – Real Estate Transfer Tax) that is attached to all REAL PROPERTY  in the Town of Avon.

What next?

Answer:  Avon’s new Council (to be sworn in tonite) – has only (2) legal options they can exercise – now that Avon’s Clerk and Record (Debbie Hoffe) has issued her legal “Certificate of Sufficiency” (based on the Citizens signature Petition) stopping the Avon Council’s plan.

Option 1:  Repeal (read kill) the Avon Ordinance that was used to authorized the new DEBT.

Option 2:  Hold a “special election” and let registered Avon voters make the final decision.

The Nuclear Option?  Yes, there is one other legal possibility that (Avon Finance Manger – Scott Wright – does not support)…the “possibility” that Avon Council could vote to take $3.5 Million (out of Avon’s General Fund) and buy the “Building for Avon Bureaucrats” (also known as the Skier Building) for cash.   The ECT folks agree with Mr. Wright that would be a very bad decision.

How Avon’s Patriot Citizens – did it!

The effort was 100% Grass Roots.

Where Eagle Citizens effort failed with their (months earlier) Referendum…Avon’s Citizens effort – paid off.

The Players in the Referendum effort?  (alphabetical)

Tab Bonidy – Avon Resident/local Architect

Peter Buckley – Avon Resident/Electrical Engineer

Angelo Loria – Avon Resident/Real Estate Appraiser

John Minervini – Avon Resident/Retired, former CFO

Rohn Robbins – Esq. – completed the legal work for the Petition for Referendum

David Scherpf – Avon Resident/Consultant

David Strandjord – Avon Resident/Retired former CEO

233 – Avon Registered Voter – Signatures were acquired by the Petition’s “Circulators”


The legal process:  The original Avon Petition had to contain several pieces of legal information and be “certified for circulation” by Avon Town Clerk – BEFORE it could be legally circulated for Signatures from Registered Avon Voters ONLY.

The minimum number of Signatures required to move the Referendum process forward – was 10% of the number of Avon Voters from the most recent General Election.  The November 4th 2014 General Election had 1,505 Avon Ballots returned to the Eagle County’s – Clerk and Recorders office by Avon Voters.

Petition Circulators turned in 233 Signatures when only 151 Signatures were legally Required – PROVING the more an Avon Voter understood about HOW the Council was going to ATTACH their Real Property to (2) decades of long term DEBT – the more angry Avon Voters became!  And the happier these Avon Property Owners were, to sign that Petition.


Traer Creek’s Development in Avon – Moving Again!

by  Clayton Moore

Avon’s Traer Creek Development – on the Move Again!

It’s a FACT.  While every other Eagle County approved Development – HAS STALLED –Traer Creek’s is now on the move!

Side Note:  (Stalled County Developments? – Eagle, Eagle River Station – Wolcott, Hermes Development, Minturn – Dean Alder, Vail’s Ever Vail project)

Update:  Now that the Avon Lawsuit between Avon and Traer Creek has settled – that new Settlement Agreement has become the new PUD (Planned Unit Development) for the ~1,800 Avon acers – to be developed in the years to come. Just (Click On) the graphic below.


Avon folks familiar with the I-70 Exit (the Avon Wal~Mart exit) will recognize the “north side” of that Exit in the photo above.  The top left of that photo shows the building and parking lot of the existing Ambulance Station at that Exit.

The top left of the graphic also shows room for a new Hotel – that would be located between Vail and Beaver Creek – an easy drive for any Hotel Shuttle moving Skiers from that site to Vail (9 miles east or Beaver Creek 3 miles south) from that new I-70 location.

Looking Ahead.  The plan for Avon Developer Traer Creek is to have the “right mix” of Commercial Properties on the North side of I-70 – so the “Legend Retail Group” has been hired by Traer Creek – to help define that mix.

What kind of Commercial Retailers does a company like the Legend Retail Group, represent?

Answer:  Lots.  (below graphic taken from the Legend Retail Group’s web site)  Just (Click On) the graphic below.


Looking Ahead?  Don’t be surprised to read in the next few months that – new Commercial Retailers – have been signed up (under contract) by Legend/Traer Creek and that new Construction could start as early as this Spring 2015.

Stay Tuned.

Avon – Patriots Petition for a Vote of the Citizens

What can you do when…

Local Government STOPS listing to the Citizens they allegedly represent?

When Local Government tries to take on Millions more in long term Debt – spanning (2) decades to pay it all back?

(Photo – L-R, Avon Clerk Debbie Hoppe, Avon Police Chief – Robert Ticer, Dave Strandjord (Veteran, USMC)


When Local Government plans to “pay off decades of Debt” by using the 2% (RETT – Real Estate Transfer Tax) – levied against all real Property in Avon?

The answer is…Avon Patriot Citizens “Petition their Local Government” – (and with a sufficient number of Avon Voters, signatures…you can legally force a “special election” either/or their Town Council can Repeal their Ordinance that authorized Millions more in Debt.  Dave Strandjord shown here returning 233 Avon Signatures – to be verified by Avon Clerk Debbie Hoppe.

This week (17-21NOV2014) Avon Voters should know the results of this Petition Drive.

Stand by.  More News from the ECT shortly.


Won’t be long Now!

by  Clayton Moore

What a difference a couple of days make!

Dateline:  Thursday, November 13th 2014 – More Snow in our forecast for today – and over the next few days.  Cold temperatures forecast too.  Snowmaking?  No problem!

The Radio Scanner the ECT links to – is now monitoring the Radio Traffic coming off Vail and Beaver Creek – as their mountain operations folks prepare for their opening next week.  (Click Here)

Vail – Friday, November 21st 2014

Beaver Creek – Wednesday, November 26th 2014 (day before Thanksgiving)


Another Interesting Snow Fact – are the new Time Lapse Webcams – now working at all the Vail Resorts – Mountain West Resorts – Colorado, Utah and Lake Tahoe California.

Point is – for the first time ever – on the same single web page you can “see, just who in the Mountain West” is getting the new Snow!

(Click Here) and just scroll down to see the Time Lapse webcams over the Mountain West.

The ECT’s Clayton Moore – wishes “Happy Birthday” to all the folks enjoying Mother Nature’s fresh snow on their November 13 – Birthday!  Clayton says “you’re in good company”.

Nov. 10th – A change in our Weather

by  the fans of Mark Trail

Dateline – Nov. 10th 2014

Nothing like a new Cold Front out of the Gulf of Alaska – to bring Eagle County, Colorado a significant change in our weather today.

This past weekends unseasonable sunny and warm weather will be a fond memory soon.

To see this big, new Cold Front in motion this Monday morning – Just (Click On) the graphic below.


Don’t Forget our Vets! – Tomorrow, November 11th 2014 – Veterans Day



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