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Matt Lauer

Un-Vailed in Colorado

2/20/2013 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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TMZ now knows where in the world Matt Lauer is ... skiing his face off in Vail.

As we previously reported ... Matt took the week off from "Today" to spend time with his kids ... smack in the middle of a critical sweeps period ... when show ratings = ad money.

The pic shows Matt purchasing a pair of ski boots today at Surefoot in Vail, Colorado.

The salesman tells TMZ, Lauer came in and said, "Gimme the best thing you have for my foot" ... so he obliged.

Coincidentally, the salesman's friend is Matt's ski instructor ... who called Matt a "solid skier."

While Matt plays in the snow, the "Today" show is getting trounced by "Good Morning America" -- on Monday, "GMA" beat "Today" by 800,000 viewers. On Tuesday, nearly a million.

And today should be devastating for "Today" because it's Robin Roberts first day back on "GMA."

In fairness, we're told Matt has taken off in years past at exactly the same time -- when his kids are off from school.

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DeeMaree    

Yawn

520 days ago
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CLINT    

Matt Lauer is an egotistical windbag who actually thinks he is worth the money they pay him. I would rather read a newspaper for anhour than listen to him for a minute. Does anybody really care where he goes on vacation?

520 days ago
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Steve    

Of course he is around white powder. Once a coke fiend always a fiend. Jagoff.

520 days ago
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al92lt1    

Who cares?

520 days ago
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RaisingStar    

Hey Matt. :-) Enjoy your trip. You've earned it.

520 days ago
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Ashley     

shoot darn it! he's back....
please hide forever mattie......

520 days ago
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Joe    

They were just experimenting for when they push him out, how bad it will be in terms of viewership.

520 days ago
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ray    

"smack in the middle of a critical sweeps period "
the network planned it this way, they know they will have better ratings without him on screen.

520 days ago
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lauren    

Give Matt a break! He is the ONLY reason I watch the Today show, and when Ann was on, no lie - the MOMENT I heard her voice, I reached for the remote. They were not in anyway wrong in letting Ann go. The show itself is actually a little boring, and Al, ughhhhh he is so annoying in everyway, but Matt is truly talented, handsome, and a good reporter and excellent interviewer. Samantha needs time to build an audience, but overall GMA is maybe just a little more exciting, but nothing to do with Matt. Give it a rest all you haters.

520 days ago
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Liz085    

Matt Lauer Sucks!

520 days ago
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Swtpea    

Who cares

520 days ago
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fargone    

Matt needs to see John Travolta's wig stylist. His ratings would go up..or maybe not.

520 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

A weasel on skis; makes for a good youtube vid. With better ratings than the Today show.

520 days ago
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sean    

I bet those ski boots cost more than I make in a month.

520 days ago
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Chuck    

It's amazing that the bald headed creep's kids only get a week or two vacation...better planing Matt. He is one of the reasons I will not watch the NBC morning mess.

520 days ago
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