Commissioners may decide alpine slide |

Commissioners may decide alpine slide

Scott N. Miller

EAGLE ” The battle over a proposed alpine slide at Beaver Creek will take another step Tuesday. It probably won’t be the last step.

The Eagle County Commissioners’ Tuesday meeting schedule includes a debate about the alpine slide issue and whether Vail Resorts has the legal right to build the slide without further county review. The discussion is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.

The public testimony in the case is finished, so the Tuesday session will be reserved for the commissioners to talk and ask questions.

Public comment in the case was taken in October, with home owners and their attorneys facing off against Vail Resorts officials and their lawyers.

Home owners have been adamant they don’t want an alpine slide built in the Haymeadow area of the resort. They’re worried about the noise, potential danger and environmental damage in the area.

The resort company counters that it’s trying to build business in the summer at the resort, and that the Haymeadow area is far from pristine meadow.

What the commissioners will rule on, though, is a fairly narrow issue: Whether Eagle County Community Development Department Director Keith Montag made the right decision when he ruled that Vail Resorts had the legal right to build the slide with its current county approvals.

Montag ruled earlier this year the resort company can go ahead with the slide. The homeowners argue otherwise, and claim the resort company gave up the right to build a slide at Haymeadow when it changed its building approvals in 1994.

Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado CO

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