Avon, Colorado Almanac

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Population 5,561

Elevation 7,430 feet

Median Price Of A Single-Family Home In Avon $398,750

Median Price Of A Single-Family Home In Eagle County $489,950

Tax On Homes About $2,225 a year on the median-price home in Avon.

Main Businesses Retail, tourism, real estate

School Population 407 students at Avon Elementary; 4,700 students in the entire Eagle County School District

Local Ski Areas Beaver Creek: 3,340 vertical feet; 1,625 skiable acres; 109 trails; 11 lifts; 331 annual inches; lift ticket, $63; season pass, $1,499; 20-day pass, $499. Vail Mountain: 3,450 vertical feet; 5,289 skiable acres; 193 trails; 33 lifts; 346 annual inches; ticket and pass prices are the same as above. (Prices are for 2000-01; this season's prices hadn't been released at presstime.)

Best Local Event Annual family-style "Christmas in the Park," from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Nottingham Park, featuring sleigh rides, reindeer, caroling, bonfires and Santa Claus.

Locals' Favorite Restaurants For breakfast, head to Bob's Place (970-845-8556) for skillets. Little Bean (970-949-0700) serves inexpensive, flavorful South American-style lunches. Coho Grill (970-949-1119) draws locals and tourists with seafood and martinis. For sushi, it's Masato's (970-949-0330).

Locals' Favorite Hangouts Cassidy's Hole in the Wall (970-949-9449) has live music and pool tables, as well as a great bar menu. Pazzo's Pizzeria (970-949-9900) has a loyal bar and dinner crowd. For a true townie bar, try the mellow Brass Parrot (970-949-7770).

Best Places To Stay A one-bedroom unit at Christie Lodge (970-949-7700; www.christielodge.com) ranges $125 to $299 per night. There's a workout room and pool, and each unit has a fireplace, kitchenette and balcony. A room at the Comfort Inn (www.comfortinn.com/hotel/co052; 970-949-5511) ranges from $129 to $280, which includes mountain views and breakfast.

Chamber Of Commerce 970-949-5189; www.vailvalleychamber.com.