EAGLE, Colo. (AP) – Virtue may be its own reward, but the chance to stay at an exclusive mountain development while on a Colorado ski vacation isn’t bad, either.

That’s what Mark Epple of Minneapolis and his family received this Christmas for returning a valuable ring he found at the Eagle County airport last February on his way home from skiing. The ring was a 12-karat yellow diamond crafted to commemorate the 30th wedding anniversary of Roger and Janis Ward.

Once home, Epple contacted the airport and discovered the Wards were looking for the ring.

Epple declined a reward for doing what he says was right. He eventually accepted the offer to stay at the Wards’ home in Cordillera, near some of Colorado’s prime ski resorts.

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