Avon students are served by the Eagle County School District, which has eight elementary schools, three middle schools, two traditional high schools, two alternative high schools, a charter school and a school for children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The facilities in or closest to Avon are Avon Elementary School, Meadow Mountain Elementary School, Montessori Middle School, Vail Academy, Apex Mountain School and Old Battle Mountain High School. The district is heralded for its quality staff and smaller class sizes, with many facilities having a student-teacher ratio of 14-to-1 or lower.
Avon also has a branch location for Colorado Mountain College, a campus offering academic and occupational degrees with its main building in nearby Edwards.
Economy and Job Market
As a tourism hub and gateway to some of the country's best skiing areas, Avon continues to grow and offer a variety of employment opportunities. Some of the most common industries in Avon and the region are construction, accommodation and food services, retail and administrative work. Much of the manufacturing and retail trade focuses on the outdoors, including Avon-based Liberty Skis Corporation, which is one of the largest independent ski manufacturers in the world with shops and distributors in other parts of the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.
Avon also focuses a lot of attention on its Town Center that provides a pedestrian-friendly environment for shopping, dining and as a gathering spot for community events. Avon's involvement in the Vail Valley Partnership keeps the community on the cutting edge of new development and business opportunities.
Attractions and Points of Interest
As Avon's centerpiece, the 48-acre Nottingham Park provides activities for people of all ages. Many families enjoy renting a paddle boat, dropping a line in the lake for some fishing or simply relaxing on the grassy areas. The park is also the site for Avon's Salute to the USA, the largest fireworks display in the Colorado Rockies each July, in addition to being the site for the Lakeside Cinema that offers free outdoor family movies. In the winter the park serves as a popular spot for ice skating and other seasonal activities.
Avon's nod to public art is highlighted by its many bronze sculptures. The Avon Art Council started commissioning the displays in 1989 and there are now a variety of in parks, around town and at the library. Other artistic and entertainment opportunities in Vail Valley include theater productions, dance shows and concerts in a variety of genres. The Vail Valley also plays host annually to The Beaver Creek Film Festival, the Vail Film Festival and the Rocky Mountain Antique Festival.
Parks and Recreation
Downhill skiing is in the region's lifeblood, and Avon residents can spend each weekend of their winters on different mountains and trails without venturing far from home. That's easy to do when there are more than 5,000 acres of skiable terrain in the Vail Valley, which also has miles of paved and off-road bike paths to keep every type of cycling enthusiast enthralled. Paved recreational paths around Nottingham Park, adjacent the Eagle River, and on the northwest side of Avon are also scenic ways for residents to get some exercise on foot or on a bike. Across from Nottingham Park is Avon's Recreation Center, a popular summer spot for youths because of its 140-foot waterslide, and the town's Whitewater Park provides kayakers with three river features to have fun and hone their skills.
Scenic hikes and strolls on trails and fairways are plentiful in and around Avon. A quick trip to The Hiking Center in nearby Beaver Creek provides hikers with maps of many of the local trails. From there, residents can venture out on their own or take guided trips to learn more about the region's wildlife and wildflowers, among other things.
Some of the top nearby golf courses are Eagle Vail Golf Club, which has stunning terrain and elevation changes, and Eagle Ranch Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer Signature Design facility that takes advantage of the area's natural beauty.