A-Basin wants to keep development options open | VailDaily.com

A-Basin wants to keep development options open

Summit Daily/Reid Williams A snowboarder blasts the through the white stuff at Arapahoe Basin.
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ARAPAHOE BASIN – The Arapahoe Basin ski area is known for its challenging runs and no-frills character. That could change if ideas about a members-only club and housing become reality.Executives of the Summit County ski area want to keep their options open and have asked the Snake River Planning Commission to accommodate that when writing a land-use plan for the area. The county hopes to complete the plan by March.

Arapahoe Basin general manager Jim Gentling told planners in a recent meeting that possible additions to the ski area include a club with a restaurant available only to paying members.”Private clubs are working all over the country and we have to think, what can we do at the ski area to generate revenue over time?” Gentling said.While open to some of the ideas, commissioners weren’t sold on the members-only club or housing.

“I’d be hesitant in allowing that kind of use. A-Basin is not that big and I don’t see why a limited-access facility makes sense,” said planning commissioner Craig Suwinksi, a volunteer at the ski area.Gentling asked the county to consider an exception for employee housing. He said he doesn’t want to abandon Arapahoe Basin’s character, defined by its lack of residential development.

“We want to maintain the affordable atmosphere, but we have to look to the future and we need your help doing that,” Gentling said.Commissioners suggested several options, such as restricting residential development to the mountain’s base to eliminate the possibility of up-slope developments in the future. They will study the proposed land-use plan in a meeting in January.Vail, Colorado