April Fool’s: Mogul storage dilemma
VAIL Vail Valley and Eagle County as a whole, has quite a few issues facing it this summer that are in dire need of being addressed. Parking and the Lionshead proposals, a new, private resort proposed by the Gynn & Juice Development Co. that would make Minturn and Leadville unrecognizable in two years and high-speed, high-noise traffic along Interstate 70 that may warrant a multi-million-dollar tunnel under Vail.But what most plagues Eagle County this summer is the abundance of moguls that will need to be stored.In past years moguls were stored at the Dobson Ice Arena. However, the increased amount of skier visits to Vail, Beaver Creek and Arrowhead this winter warranted increased purchases of the mogul forms that Vail Resorts uses to make the bumps. More bumps equal a great big headache for those determining where to store them.This is a huge problem facing the valley this spring, says Councilman Moose Elkdeer. Well have to have a vote on it and maybe even a second vote but we need to decide where we are going to store these suckers.Other resort towns, too, have seen fit to build additional storage units that house the moguls during the summer. Successful planning allows for dual use of the buildings. In Steamboat, a dome was built that houses tennis courts for winter use and then serves as storage for moguls in the summertime.That would be the ideal situation, Director of Public Relations Lori Esturns said in a phone interview. Figuring out a way to make it serve two purposes would be terrific. That is really what we are looking to do here. We need to turn this problem into a possible solution for two issues, if we can.Bump storage is a problem that is even evident to the novice-skier-tourist visiting Vail Valley.I think the bumps that Vail purchased last off-season were even bigger than the ones they bought three years ago, Gene S. Keyer, a tourist from Texas, mentioned. Those bumps on the Highline run were huge this year. Where are they gonna store those things?Ultimately, Vail Resorts and Eagle County are going to have to work together to settle on not only a structure for the storage, but where in the valley it will be built.I can tell you this much, Elkdeer said, Its not going downvalley in Avon or Edwards. Well visit the issue three, four times if we have to. They cant make me, I mean us, take it.