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September 07, 1991 - Image 30

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-09-07

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Go West

In particular, Detroit skiers
recommend Takah Sushi, a sushi bar;
Cache Cache, a gourmet French
restaurant; and Pinons, with Colorado


Lifestyle dressing, ideal for fall 1991.
Wearable styles with a rich mixture
of touch and texture set the
tone of the season.

Bloomfield Plaza • Telegraph at Maple • Bloomfield Hills • 626-9500


Sophisticated Vail

Nestled below Vail Mountain is the
quaint village of Vail, designed and
built by George Gilette 100 miles east
of Denver, Colorado, to replicate a
Bavarian village. It has a sophisti-
cated, relaxed European atmosphere.
Vail is extremely family-oriented, with
superb skiing for all levels, shopping
and fine restaurants. About the only
thing it doesn't have is a wild nightlife.
For many people, that's not a
Laurel Cravens of Birmingham
travels to Vail a few times a year with
her husband, John, and her two
children. Her parents enjoy Vail so
much they've become permanent
"I love that it's a wonderful year-
round resort. It has something for
everyone, from novices, first-time
skiers, to experts. And that's true for
summer activities as well as winter,"
she says.
Once you arrive in Vail, you need
not worry about a car for the rest of
your trip. Most lodges and condo-
miniums are within walking distance
of each other, and the shops and
restaurants are clustered around the
center of the village. There is also a
free bus service that runs from 7 a.m.
to 1 a.m., transporting you to most
Vail locations in minutes.
Vail Mountain has 120 trails
covering 3,834 acres of skiable
terrain. The front side of the mountain
has 32 percent beginner slopes, 36
percent intermediate, and 32 percent
advanced. The back side, which
includes very difficult bowl skiing, has
36 percent intermediate slopes and
64 percent advanced.
Karen Rouff, a Farmington Hills
social worker, says, "You could get a
group of people together who are all
different levels, and you could have
a great time. Vail can be whatever you
want it to be."
Vail's ski school is world renowned.
It offers private or group lessons,
from novice to experienced, and spe-
cialty programs, from all-day guided
mountain tours to half-day bumps,
powder or race workshops. Day care

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