Gondola ride has, so far, been long
AVON – Building a gondola built has been a difficult, decade-long quest in Avon. Six years ago, Vail Resorts asked Avon for money to help build a gondola. The town balked at its estimated $5 million to $6 million share of a project that was project to cost anywhere betweren $30 million and $40 million. And last year the resort company sold most of the property meant for the base of the gondola to East West Partners.”It will likely require some kind of smart, public/private partnership,” says Harry Frampton of East West Partners. “If it’s a major portal for the mountain we will build one kind of gondola, if it’s not, we’ll build another.”His organization is doing its homework on what gondola options are available and what the cost will be. As currently envinsioned, that gondola will connect with the lift at Beaver Creek Landing that heads to the top of Chair 12 in Strawberry Park. Any gondola is likely to change dramatically the dynamics between ski resort and Avon, Frampton says.”In many respects Avon has been a suburb of Beaver Creek,” he says. “With a gondola you could make Avon an extension of Beaver Creek.”Such public-private ventures are not unusual. Frampton said the new lifts serving Beaver Creek Landing at the base of Bachelor Gulch were created by a pubic/private consortium consisting of Vail Resorts, the Beaver Creek Resort Company and the Bachelor Gulch Resort Company.Cliff Thompson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail Colorado
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