Vail, Colo., is a town that's defined by winter, when tourists from around the world descend on the area's snow-covered slopes to ski, ride, and soak up the laid-back yet glitzy mountain lifestyle. But as the threat of global warming has begun to creep closer to the Colorado high country, Vail has been forced to develop another reputation, one based less on celebrity sightings and more on sustainable policy choices. Sure, it's still a world-famous resort town with a past that's less than green-friendly, but these days the area's 4,500 year-round residents are on a mission to become one of …
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Tim Sprinkle is a freelance writer from Denver, Colo.