The O. Zone by David O. Williams

David O. David O. Williams was hired by the owner of the Vail Daily while standing around a keg of beer in the parking lot of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in the spring of 1991. Sports editor morphed into ski editor, then city editor, before Williams launched the competing Daily Trail in 1998.

When the Vail Daily bought the Trail in 2004, Williams struck out on his own as a freelancer. A one-time regular columnist for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Williams' work also has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Aspen Daily News, L.A. Weekly, Powder Magazine, Ski Magazine, Skiing Magazine, 5280 and United Hemispheres.

Williams is a founding member of the Vail-based Millennium Society, which funds a number of local charities. He and his wife Kristin, a Battle Mountain High School graduate and true Vail local, live in West Vail with their three boys, Nick, Max and Rennick.

Kristin Kenney Williams, a former journalist, is Vail Resorts' director of public affairs for Eagle County. RealVail is independent of Vail Resorts from an editorial and financial standpoint.

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Publication Date Section Headline
10-15-2013 blog Skiing versus football: Manning's magic makes it a tough call on Sundays
09-27-2013 blog In an ever-warming world, Colorado’s long-running oil-shale experiment may finally be dead
09-23-2013 blog If Helton had an owner like Bowlen, he'd be going out a winner
09-14-2013 blog More reasons to take a pass on Sochi Winter Olympics
09-12-2013 blog Massive inflow of moisture a reminder that ski season starts a month from now
08-21-2013 blog What I did for my summer vacation: 4,450-mile road trip from Colorado to Glacier to Redwood and back again
07-22-2013 blog Drugs keep clouding Colorado, national sports stories
07-19-2013 blog Froome heads to Paris under cloud of suspicion, but other sports look even dirtier these days
07-17-2013 blog Passion, purpose, pride collide when it comes to annual breast cancer luncheon
06-23-2013 blog Udall rails against 'infamous Koch brothers' in campaign plea
06-05-2013 blog Why I won't be in Sochi in 2014
06-04-2013 blog Colorado moose population steadily rising
05-29-2013 blog With Canyons, Vail now offers biggest ski areas in three states on Epic Pass
05-21-2013 blog Rockies need to get real about rivalry with Giants
05-17-2013 blog IRS should crack down on all nonprofits primarily engaged in political campaigning
05-16-2013 blog Hick to sign pair of bills in Avon on Saturday
05-16-2013 blog CU coaches slinging burgers in West Vail to boost Buffs
05-03-2013 blog Guns, drugs and the 'cocoon of peacefulness' in Aspen and Vail
05-02-2013 blog Knuckleheaded New York Nuggets return to form, face first-round failure
04-29-2013 blog Hard lesson learned after Loveland slide: Listen to your inner Eeyore
04-29-2013 blog 'Libtard' laments lack of disclosure in corporate campaign spending
04-26-2013 blog You mean like laundry? The ongoing shrinkage of online media
04-22-2013 blog Pot-smoking press release further clouds Vail Pass avalanche tragedy
01-21-2013 blog Finally turning the page on 2012
11-13-2012 blog Gessler mess should rekindle scrutiny of Western Tradition Partnership in Colorado
11-11-2012 blog JW Marriott Black Friday deal a great excuse to get away to Denver
11-11-2012 blog Congrats to Cope and his 4A state champion Huskies
11-07-2012 blog With powder on its way, Vonn opts to skip Levi, stay in Vail
11-05-2012 blog Weather pattern appears to be shifting at Vail, Beaver Creek
11-05-2012 blog Vail pasted with surprise powder day
11-01-2012 blog USA Pro Challenge the clear choice for 'Best Stage Race' in 2012 Cyclingnews Reader Poll
10-19-2012 blog Vail's dubious anniversary sparks compelling conversation
10-14-2012 blog Armstrong still mum on USADA report as cycling tries to move on
09-28-2012 blog Signs of ski season: Bode Miller, Warren Miller, snow gun battle in Colorado
09-26-2012 blog Ski season anticipation building with each fall dusting of snow
09-21-2012 blog Colorado fan pulling hard for O's, Nats World Series
09-12-2012 blog By blasting U.S. statements condemning religious intolerance, Romney forgets Mormon persecution
09-10-2012 blog Peyton's great, but wouldn't you rather have RGIII?
09-07-2012 blog Like fracking, misadventures in chemistry still plague cycling in Colorado
08-08-2012 blog USA Pro Challenge announces loaded field for Aug. 20-26 cycling race
07-13-2012 blog Getting the 'hole' story on Tennessee Pass non-sinkhole
07-03-2012 blog USOC stalls Denver, Colorado in bid for 2022 Winter Games
06-27-2012 blog Denver sports committee votes to pursue 2022 Winter Olympics in Colorado
06-05-2012 blog Building green momentum critical in Holy Cross Energy board election
05-26-2012 blog Former Vail boss Aron brings same high-energy style to surprise 76ers squad
04-26-2012 blog Vail local proposes 'Vail Ski Bunnies' provocative calendar project
03-21-2012 blog U.S. Supreme Court hears case of Colorado man arrested in Beaver Creek for confronting Cheney
03-20-2012 blog How much did religion play into Manning signing, likely trade of Tebow?
03-16-2012 blog Warm spell brings great spring skiing to Vail, leaves locals dreaming of more powder
03-14-2012 blog Even in a low-snow year, Crested Butte delivers the goods
03-14-2012 blog Fear and Loathing in San Francisco: Real Aspen's Troy Hooper digs deep into covert CIA drug testing
03-01-2012 blog Mid-week storms drop more than a foot of new snow at Vail, Beaver Creek
02-29-2012 blog Denver city escapes: Cherry Creek's JW Marriott
02-28-2012 blog Snowstorm dumping fresh powder on Vail today
01-31-2012 blog Climate change skepticism heats up debate in Vail Valley classrooms
01-19-2012 blog Vail's limited opening of Back Bowls just in time for big weekend storm
01-16-2012 blog Steady snow could mean more open terrain at Vail
01-15-2012 blog Vail opens part of Back Bowls
01-07-2012 blog Steady snow seriously softens up Vail Mountain
12-31-2011 blog Popper to pop in for Vail New Year's show with DJ Logic
12-22-2011 blog Vail's Vonn vamps for Italian mag, jets back for Letterman
12-19-2011 blog Soaking up free music scene in Vail
12-09-2011 blog Western artist Carrie Fell lands her dream gallery space in Solaris at Vail
12-04-2011 blog Storm surprises with 9 new inches of snow at Vail, 6 at Beaver Creek
12-02-2011 blog Sneak preview of Yukon Kornelius guest star lineup for Vail Snow Daze
12-02-2011 blog Bode Miller helps unveil new Tommy Bowers Ski store in Solaris at Vail
11-29-2011 blog Elway's steakhouse a winning combination with Vail
11-18-2011 blog Great restaurant deals greet opening days at Vail, Beaver Creek
11-11-2011 blog Early season ski conditions above average at Vail, Beaver Creek
11-10-2011 blog Psy-oops! Big oil caught using military psychological operations tactics in U.S.
11-04-2011 blog U.S. Ski Team feeling right at home in Vail
10-28-2011 blog Another sick early ski season at Vail? Snow Daze lineup a good sign
10-25-2011 blog Fracking and foreclosures: Will oil and gas drilling create second housing crisis?
10-21-2011 blog Beaver Creek starts snowmaking in anticipation of World Cup greatness
10-14-2011 blog Spring skiing in the fall: Day one at Arapahoe Basin
10-13-2011 blog 'Occupiers' starting to target mountain retreats
10-08-2011 blog Ski season is upon us after sizzling falls temps just last weekend
10-01-2011 blog Vail Restaurant Month rolls on with Carmichael, Miller bike, hike event on Vail Mountain
09-30-2011 blog Why 'We All Hate the Red Sox'
09-27-2011 blog Ex-GOP boss Wadhams resurfaces in Michigan Senate race
09-23-2011 blog Indian summer in all its glory, but snow guns ready to roar
09-22-2011 blog Vail Town Council election: Where have all the leaders gone?
09-17-2011 blog Denver quarterback controversy raises religious, political questions about Elway, Orton, Tebow
09-09-2011 blog Fall offers unbeatable hiking, biking in Vail Valley, but be prepared
09-06-2011 blog Charles Koch at Vail-area confab: 2012 election 'Mother of All Wars' against Saddam Hussein
09-03-2011 blog Vail Valley golf still in full swing but chill in evening air leads to ski talk
08-30-2011 blog GarCo gas patch dealing with various toxins in the air
08-26-2011 blog Why fall is the best season in the Vail Valley
08-19-2011 blog Matsuhisa puts Vail on par with Aspen on sushi front
08-18-2011 blog Why Danny Glover wants Colorado to care about tar sands oil production
08-17-2011 blog DOE pokes hornet's nest with request for more input on uranium leasing near Montrose, Telluride
08-15-2011 blog Company whose parent firm make Predator Drones wants to stop uranium testing because of wooden pallets
08-12-2011 blog Bird's eye view of the Vail Valley
08-06-2011 blog Summer in Vail a cultural feast
08-05-2011 blog Overseas exports of Colorado coal on the increase
07-31-2011 blog Field of bad dreams: Ubaldo trade culminates a sorry season all around
07-29-2011 blog Wildflower explosion makes for stellar hiking, biking in Vail Valley
07-22-2011 blog Company bringing drilling waste to Eagle County hit with lawsuit in GarCo
07-21-2011 blog Big month of cycling action coming to Vail Valley in August
07-19-2011 blog Extinction of Talisman Terry comes hard on the talons of biting Colbert Report satire
07-08-2011 blog Vail Valley Jet Center socially soars this summer season with Star Dancing, Wheels and Wings
06-30-2011 blog Fourth of July sizzles in Vail Valley this summer
06-29-2011 blog Dino might get kids into fracking
06-09-2011 blog Record snow year led to record skier visits at Vail
06-03-2011 blog Vail returns to its cycling roots with USA Pro Cycling Challenge
05-26-2011 blog Springtime means possible flooding, hungry bears and avalanche danger up high
05-25-2011 blog Local whitewater outfitters licking their chops over massive snowpack
05-23-2011 blog Frack attack via music video, and chemical revelation Texas-style
05-14-2011 blog Should ski resorts focus more on late season than early season?
05-09-2011 blog Entertainment, recreation options somewhat overwhelming in Vail in the summertime
04-30-2011 blog Snow just keeps falling on Vail nearly a week after chairlifts shut down
04-24-2011 blog Vail closes today with final, record-setting tally of 524 inches of snow this season
04-22-2011 blog Vail sets all-time record for most snow in one ski season
04-18-2011 blog As incredible ski season winds down, Vail Resorts shaves $20 off Epic Pass
04-09-2011 blog Snowpack, spring events above average at Vail, Beaver Creek this time of year
03-31-2011 blog Elway's Vail restaurant rumored to be headed for Wildflower in Lodge at Vail
03-31-2011 blog Chasing Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz on EpicMix? Good luck with that
03-28-2011 blog Snow gods keep smiling as ski season morphs into festival season in Vail
03-25-2011 blog Talking energy issues on PBS with former Gov. Ritter, Xcel CEO Eves and Western Resouce Advocates' Sheldon
03-18-2011 blog Foul weather plagues another major ski-racing event, hurts Vonn's hopes of fourth overall title
03-09-2011 blog 'Big one' misses Vail, but little dumps keep mountain fresh for First Tracks, soft tree runs
03-07-2011 blog Alleged drunk driving fatality sadly underscores need to party responsibly in Vail during spring break
03-03-2011 blog Things Snowballing in Avon; Ford home for sale (again) at Beaver Creek; Cliquot on the Snow at Vail
03-02-2011 blog Steep, soft and secluded: three great reasons to escape to Crested Butte
02-28-2011 blog Oscars leave lingering odor in wake of Sheen rant, NYT expose of gas drilling
02-18-2011 blog Vail, Beaver Creek pounded with snow; more on the way for the weekend
02-15-2011 blog Vail basking in springtime after last week's Arctic blast, but ski season has to stretch until late April
02-12-2011 blog Why warm, wet weather and big-event downhills don't mix (and why Sochi, like Whistler, will be a total disaster)
02-10-2011 blog Is Vonn a Cutler-esque wuss for playing it safe at Worlds after concussion in training crash last week?
02-07-2011 blog Unimaginable storm cycle just keeps dumping on Vail, Beaver Creek
02-05-2011 blog Vail sees surprise plastering of well over a foot of new snow
02-04-2011 blog Snowy weekend in Vail; Coloradans still seeting over Madoff; Credit Suisse coming to town; and my Super Bowl pick
02-01-2011 blog Beaver Creek, big winner in latest storm, mulls replacing Rose Bowl Lift with high-speed quad
01-28-2011 blog The kids are all right: Vail Valley athletes know how to act, on and off the slopes
01-26-2011 blog Cutler toughness clearly lacking compared to QBs like Elway, Rodgers, Favre, and skiers like Vonn, me
01-24-2011 blog Memorable week of powder skiing has Vail on pace for fourth best season ever
11-24-2010 blog Great early conditions at Vail, Beaver Creek, but be careful in the trees, backcountry
11-22-2010 blog More snow for Vail; post-campaign political ugliness continues
11-19-2010 blog Vail opens with nearly 1,200 skiable acres; Thanksgiving pass restrictions lifted at Vail, Beaver Creek
11-17-2010 blog Huge storm pounds Vail Valley, guarantees stellar opening Friday, great ski conditions for Thanksgiving
11-15-2010 blog Snowstorm nails Vail, boosts expectations for available ski terrain on opening day Friday
11-14-2010 blog New Breckenridge alpine coaster a blast for the kids after (or during) a day on the slopes
11-10-2010 blog 'Dumb and Dumber' snowboarding bank robber writes book about Vail debacle
11-09-2010 blog Hurlbert feeling wrath of cyclists, bloggers, national media over hit and run case
11-09-2010 blog Kennedy blames media, Congress for failure of climate change legislation
10-24-2010 blog Demise of Denver Broncos frees up Sundays to ski just in time for winter storm, Loveland opening
10-20-2010 blog Liverpool fans unlikely to look back fondly on Gillett era the way Vail fans do
10-10-2010 blog Solo hiking on Holy Cross without a cell phone ... not advisable but also not unprecedented
09-30-2010 blog Heat is on for Colorado high country, Turner's climate war, Armstrong and Contador
09-27-2010 blog Rocktober dreams fizzle as baseball officially gives way to football, skiing
09-22-2010 blog U.S. renewable energy bill modeled after Colorado
09-13-2010 blog Rockies' run may be over, and its demise can be traced to inaction at trade deadline
09-11-2010 blog Double standard plagues Colorado Rockies -- the most exciting second-half team in MLB
09-08-2010 blog Recover from Labor Day revelry at Larkspur's guest bartending event in Vail
08-30-2010 blog Raining on the Olympic parade: Why weather may give Colorado a leg up in bidding on 2022 Games
08-26-2010 blog Denver 2022 Winter Olympic bid only makes sense if it comes with mountain rail
08-25-2010 blog Rice, Ramirez, raccoons, and more West Vail weirdness
08-25-2010 blog Fool's gold or Olympic paradise? An insider's take on Denver going for the Games in 2022
08-24-2010 blog Who will Brett Favre throw to after Rice has hip surgery at Vail's Steadman Clinic?
08-16-2010 blog Fall-like weather brings promise of new life in ski towns
08-06-2010 blog Colorado Republicans for guv prove term 'doping' applies in cycling and politics
08-04-2010 blog Euphoria of Armstrong cycling event announcement interrupted by doping allegations
08-03-2010 blog Armstrong, Ritter to make major cycling event announcement in Denver Wednesday
08-02-2010 blog Lawmakers look to increase wilderness and focus year-round recreation at ski areas
07-12-2010 blog Nothing comes easy in the wild world of web publishing

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