The results of our annual ski poll are out, and Vail ranks among the best (no. 7 in the U.S. and Canada, to be exact). More notably, the resort celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. In honor of the milestone, we asked Morrie Shepard, the original director of the Vail Ski School, to recall the destination's beginnings.
-- Alex Pasquariello, Condé Nast Traveler