DENVER - In the resort town of Vail, Colo., there are two classes of people: the affluent who come there to ski and those who serve them.

With so many wealthy people buying property there, the cost of real estate has escalated to the point where even the middle class can't afford to live in Vail, let alone the ski bums, waiters, cooks, and counterpersons. Rents are increasing by a steady 10% to 13% per year, making Vail Valley rents similar those in New York City.

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