Here you will find the sports programs and activities for the 2016 summer season.

Summer Sports Coordinator
Sue Kuntz    bskuntz509@gmail.com   509-554-6454

Liability and Guest Policy
The sports programs are for Vail Club 50 members. A member is welcome to bring a guest, but the guest must sign a Liability Waiver at the beginning of the event. We limit non-member participations to one sporting event for the season. Click here for the Guest Liability Form.

Email Lists
When a member fills out and submits the annual Membership Registration form, he or she provides an email address, and chooses which sports and activity updates (e.g., Downhill Skiing, Cycling) should be sent to that email address.  If you would like to change your preferences, or if you are having trouble receiving Vail Club 50 emails, click here and follow the instructions.


If you click on a Sport / Activity name in the table below, it will jump you right to the full description.

Summer Sports and ActivitiesDay(s)
CyclingMonday, Friday
GolfMonday
HikingWednesday, Saturday
Ladies Friday Afternoon BridgeFriday
Shooting SportsTuesday
TennisThursday
PickleballTuesday
Non-Club Activities

Cycling

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The July Cycling email is available HERE.

August and September Cycling email is available HERE.

The Mountain Biking Calendar is available HERE.

The Road Biking Calendar is available HERE.

This calendar will be updated throughout the season. Please check it regularly so that you are aware of schedule changes. Rides may be added or routes changed.

Vail Club 50 Cycling days are MONDAYS and FRIDAYS, June – September.

There are TWO separate biking CALENDARS – one for ROAD BIKING and one for MOUNTAIN BIKING. Each ride will give the following information:

  • Day/Date
  • Leader’s Name (Vail Club 50 volunteer who has chosen the ride)
  • Name of Ride
  • Difficulty (Easy/Moderate/Difficult) and Number of miles (Round trip)
  • Leader’s contact information

Twice a month, a more complete description of the upcoming rides will be emailed to anyone who indicated an interest in cycling when enrolling/renewing their Vail Club 50 membership. You can sign up for a ride by responding directly to the ride leader identified in these email updates.

In addition to having fun, SAFETY is a top priority for all cyclists. Because trips may involve riding distances in fairly remote areas, each participant should arrive for a ride with the following REQUIRED items:

  • A fully operating bike (Be sure to check tire pressure and bike gears before arrival)
  • A bike repair kit (Inner tube, tools, pump/CO2 cartridge, etc.)
  • Helmet
  • Proper biking wear for weather (including rain gear)
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen etc.
  • Water bottle, snacks and/or lunch
  • First aid essentials

SIGN UP with ride Leader in advance. If you need to cancel, please let Leader know as soon as possible. Prior to signing up, review the ride description carefully to determine if this is an appropriate ride for you. Contact Leader if you have questions/concerns.

ARRIVE early at designated meeting spot so group can leave promptly at stated time.

SIGN IN with Leader and SIGN OUT at end of ride, using system designated by Leader. It is imperative that the Leader can account for all riders at end of the trip. Leader will designate a trip leader and a sweep and explain the procedures and route for ride.

LOOKING FORWARD TO ANOTHER GREAT Vail Club 50 CYCLING SEASON!

Contact:  Cherryl Kachenmeister  cherryl@faprops.com  612-720-0724


Golf

par3Well, it’s time to put away the skis and take out the clubs! The Vail Club 50 mixed golf group meets every Monday morning at 9am at The Short Course at Cordillera. The course, which can be quite challenging for a Par3, nine-hole golf course, is stunning with breathtaking views of the Valley. We had a great time last year, with varied game formats and fun prizes each week. The group grew to 45 members – some weeks Vail Club 50 folks nearly filled the whole course! Management at the course has generously agreed to keep the price at the same rate as the past several years – $25 per round, including cart.

If you played last year, we are looking forward to seeing you again this year. If you did not play last year, we hope you will come on out and join us. It’s a great place to meet new golfing partners.

ContactBarbara Wahle    bwahle@comcast.net


Hiking

The Hiking Calendar is available HERE

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Welcome to the 2016 hiking season of Vail Club 50. Our three groups are ready to hit the trails:

Hares typically pursue challenging pace and terrain

Marmots try to maintain a vigorous, measured pace

Tortoises seek peaceful relaxation

New this year, we’re very excited to introduce a group called “Hiking with Dogs.” In addition, we are launching an “Adopt-a-Trail” initiative for those interested in doing a bit of maintenance work to support our beautiful trail system. We will schedule two or three workdays and will work under the direction of a U.S. Forest Service Ranger. This program will be co-led by Robin Wagner and Marlin Smickley.

With our hiking database of over 500 names, consider leading a hike or two so each group has a full calendar. The hiking calendar is on Vail Club 50’s Website (see link above), so please volunteer where you see blanks. Volunteer leaders are the backbone of the program!

This program is about HIKING, so each outing will feature ups and downs plus some surprises along the way. We hike on Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting early June and concluding around mid-September. We have new organizers this year (thanks for volunteering), and they are:

unnamed-1Tortoises: Robin Wagner  robinewagner@outlook.com  719-332-8081
Marmots: Sue Mitchell  suemitchell103@gmail.com  413-525-9969
Hares: Louise Willimann  l.willimann@gmail.com  970-343-2220
Hiking with Dogs: Susan Clark  shc.clark@gmail.com  970-748-8664
Adopt-a-Trail: Robin Wagner  robinewagner@outlook.com  719-332-8081

Toward the end of May, mass-mailings will go out with hike descriptions that typically include distance, elevation gain and terrain; they also include a brief description of the hike as well as specifics like meeting place, time, maximum number of participants, plus other related information. Before signing up, consider the overall walking pace of the group you plan to join. If you are not receiving the hiking notice emails, contact Louise Willimann at l.willimann@gmail.com so your name and contact information can be added to the hiking email database.

Click here for more information on Hiking Safety and Responsibility, Regulations and Guidelines.

Adopt­-a-­Trail Program

adoptatrailartSmallThis summer we will launch a new program for those interested in working to maintain our beautiful trail system. The local fund­raising initiative to hire an additional U.S. Forest Ranger was successful, so we will have the opportunity to work under the direction of this new ranger. (He or she starts work in May.)

The program focus will be basic trail maintenance on the existing trail system, including such things as cleaning drainage features, removing brush and down trees, ensuring signage is in place, etc. We will work with the ranger to make sure the trail assignment and the work are appropriate for Vail Club 50 members. It is likely we will be combined with other local groups for our workdays.

Our initial plan is to schedule 3 workdays (really half days) this summer. We will provide more information and proposed dates after we meet with the ranger in May. About 40 club members have already expressed interest in “giving back” in this manner, so we look forward to a great, new program!

Contacts:
Robin Wagner  robinewagner@outlook.com  719-332- 8081
Marlin Smickley  Marlin_Smickley@comcast.net


Ladies Friday Afternoon Bridge

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Vail Club 50 women play bridge on Friday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. The venue will be the Post Office building (or Cordillera Café) located in Cordillera. The group is fairly non-competitive and plays party bridge using the Chicago scoring system.

All ladies bridge players are welcome and the games will start around mid-May. We have a list of players who joined last year and will automatically include those players on e-mail notices. But if you have not previously played and want to be included or want to be taken off the list of players, please contact Connie.

Contact: Connie Smith  smithcolorado@centurytel.net  970-328-4941


Shooting Sports

 sporting-claysSAFETY is our first concern. Whether you’re a league shooter or a neophyte, you’ll find camaraderie, conversation and carefulness with this sport.
We meet Tuesdays at 9:00 starting June 21. We rotate each week using pistol, rifle or shotgun. Pistol and rifle practice occur at the Gypsum Gun range, and sporting clays occur at Sage Adventure Sports in Wolcott, a place we call the most scenic range in America This year we hope to organize trap shooting Wednesday nights at the Gypsum range.

The Gypsum range charges $5.00 per use for non­members. A morning with Sporting clays starts at $33.00 for 100 targets with your own equipment. Usually we have lunch afterward either at the Wolcott Yacht Club or in Eagle.

If you’ve never used a weapon before, or you shot a long time ago, you’ll be paired with someone experienced. Our outings are informative, informal and inclusive.

Contact: Jackie Cohen  cjackie10@gmail.com  406-370-4184


Tennis

Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Lee dePaolo, Roger Sperry, Nick and Eileen Sordi, Chuck Bailey and Paul Gerhardt, Vail Club 50 will have a social tennis program for 2016! Chuck has put a lot of work into a streamlined administrative process which will lighten the work of the sport organizers who will be Lee, Roger, Nick and Eileen. Lee will be the on-site organizer, arrange the matches and be present each week at Ford Park. Roger, Nick and Eileen will send you the weekly signup and informational emails and gather your responses. Paul has developed IT processes that will simplify how we send out and gather our information.

Click here for the details of the new Social Tennis program.

We’re looking forward to another great tennis year.

If you did not specify an interest in Social Tennis when you joined Vail Club 50, but would like to receive Social Tennis updates, please email Sue Kuntz at bskuntz509@gmail.com.


Non-Club Activities

Vail Club 50 does not sponsor, co-sponsor, endorse, affiliate or partner with the following events or organizations.  This information is provided simply because it may be of personal interest to our members.

If you would like to list another non-club activity, please contact webmaster@vailclub50.com. Only social or sports activities open to new participants will be included.

Curiosity Never Retires

DU at the Vail Centre brings an extraordinary lifelong learning opportunity to Vail  from September 11-16.  Choose from 14 different courses with top DU professors and recognized experts including former Governor Dick Lamm, former Ambassador to Oman Gary Grappo and the Poet Laureate of Colorado, Joseph Hutchison among others. Topics will range from international relations and sustainable urban planning to poetry and music. Plus, a day at Cordillera for golf, fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking or a day at the spa. For more information visit, www vailcentre.org/du-eo

Eagle Valley Land Trust
This organization offers activities including free guided nature hikes on permanently conserved lands in the county as well as conserved land upon which to hike.  See their website at http://www.evlt.org/life/

Men’s Senior Golf
Golf at Eagle Ranch Golf Club on Mondays. Contact Joe Rink at 303-870-1313, joerinkjr@gmail.com.

Motorcycling – Dual Sport
Dirt trail riding with road licensed dual sport bikes. Nothing too hard, but requires intermediate trail riding skills. Contact Mitch Hayne at 970-328-0224, motorcycling@vailclub50.com.

Pickleball
We have pickleball in the Vail Valley, at Golden Peak and Avon Elementary School. Contact Joe Rink at 303-870-1313, joerinkjr@gmail.com.