Originally published in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Nov. 11, 2014).
The event runs Feb. 2-15 and is expected to nearly triple the population of Vail and Avon. These numbers might seem a little daunting to a mountain town mayor, but Vail’s Andy Daly is not your average mayor.
It would be fair to add Daly to the list of skiing politicians, except most of the others on the list can’t ski. How many places has he skied? He’d love to tell you, but he’s kind of lost count. Let’s just call it hundreds of ski areas in North America and Europe.
And even at 68, Daly’s still skipping work and ripping it up with his friends on powder days. The Mayor skips work on powder days? (Oops, did we just say that?)
In addition to his Mayoral gig, Daly is also part-owner and operator of Powderhorn, including 750 acres of undeveloped land at the base of the resort. And when he’s not doing that, he’s helping steer the development of Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club, an exclusive single-family community in Steamboat adjacent to the ski area.
There aren’t many ski bums that can match Daly’s resume, so we caught up with him to chat about as his town’s preparation for the 2015 WAC. It’s only the third time the event has been held in the U.S., and Daly was front and center during the previous two WACs held in 1989 and 1999, well sort of anyway. Here’s more from Daly on his town’s preparation for the 2015 World Alpine Championships. REQUEST FULL POST