Travelers today know Vail as a legendary, upscale ski town. But this famous Colorado destination has strong ties to the 10th Mountain Division, with troops training near the Vail Valley and deploying to fight alpine battles during World War II. After the war, veterans of the 10th Mountain Division returned to the states to teach ski lessons as well as open ski resorts, including Vail which made its debut in 1962 with nine runs and $5 lift tickets. The resort was founded by 10th Mountain Division veteran Pete Seibert and rancher Earl Eaton.
The Hythe, which is the newest luxury hotel in Vail, pays homage to the ski town’s origins,
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