What Vail Valley Locals Are Looking Forward to in the New Year

By Tracey Flower | Saturday, January 4, 2020

The future has arrived, and by the future I mean 2020. The year 2020 used to seem very far away, especially 20 years ago when I was graduating from high school, but even two or three years ago when the number 2020 seemed too big to be nearby. I love the fresh start a new year brings, though, and the onset of a new decade feels extra special so I’m welcoming the future with open arms.

I’m not big on resolutions, but I do love to set goals at the start of a new year. For 2020 mine revolve around conquering my first full marathon and traveling more, both with and to visit loved ones. I talked to a few of my friends and Vail Valley locals to see what they’re looking forward to in the New Year. Here’s what they said.

Photo: Everything Vail Valley 

Kris Sabel, executive director at Vail Symposium

“I don’t normally do New Year’s resolutions as a formal exercise, but I am looking forward to another year of health and happiness for me and my family and to continued efforts in the journey towards a balanced life between work, play, family and health. I’m also looking forward to continued growth and success for the Vail Symposium as we create opportunities for our community to gather, share and learn new ideas. I’m hoping we can find a way for all of us to celebrate that we are more alike than different and put our energy toward solving problems rather than creating them.”

Check out the lineup of Vail Symposium events for thought-provoking, life-changing talks in 2020. Photo: Vail Symposium Facebook

Liana Moore, director of marketing at Antlers at Vail

“My most important goal is to enjoy our kids in the moment and continue to learn to be a better parent. Every time you think you have it figured out, they throw you a curveball. Our kids are both old enough now to keep up on the ski slopes and on the awesome mountain bike trails we have here. I am looking forward to time on the skis and bikes with my entire family. I also have a side hobby that has turned into something more. My family travel blog, Insider Families, saw some fantastic growth in 2019. I am really looking forward to seeing where it can go in 2020.”

Liana Moore's Insider Families blog includes many Colorado adventure planning tips. Photo: Insider Families Facebook

Julia Clarke, co-founder and yoga teacher, Mountain Soul Yoga

“Personally, in 2020 I'm looking forward to casting my first vote as a brand-new America citizen in a presidential election! My resolutions are to work less and not have any more knee surgeries so I can get to enjoy mountain life to the fullest again. I'm also hoping to spend a lot more time with my family back in Scotland – as I get older, nothing feels as important as that. For decades my resolution has been to write and publish a book, and I finally did that in 2019, so I’m looking forward to sharing it with others in the year ahead. I hope to be a steward of rest and relaxation in these increasingly stressful times. I suppose ultimately if my deeds, thoughts and words can in some way be of service to others, then I'll consider it a win.”

Julia Clarke's new book can help others find the joy of relaxation in the new year. Photo: Julia Clarke Yoga Facebook

Happy New Year! We’ll see you in Vail!

About the Author Tracey Flower
Tracey spent more than a decade living, working and playing in the Vail Valley and now splits her time between Denver and Vail. She's big fan of hiking, running, camping and biking and loves travelling around Colorado and throughout the West, visiting places she’s never been and exploring old favorites.