It’s beginning to look a lot like ski season in Vail
It’s beginning to look a lot like winter in a ski town, and that’s a very good thing! Hopefully you got a chance to get up on the mountain for some of that fantastic opening day snow. From what I have heard, it was a strong beginning to what should be another great winter season in Vail. To top that, the Weather Chanel is predicting more snow starting Sunday until Wednesday. Looks like Thanksgiving will have a lot of rides being thankful.In case you missed it, the Ever Vail project is back in the news. Ever Vail is the proposed project just west of Lionshead on a nearly 12-acre site. It will include some much-needed parking, a lift portal to the slopes, a hotel, condominiums, employee housing and retail space. Just this past week, Ever Vail LLC, an affiliate of Vail Resorts Development Company, updated its project plans. These new plans include reduced building mass, more pedestrian areas, connecting to the Gore Creek Trail via a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge, a reduction in retail floor area, a reconfigured hotel, revised transit facilities, relocating DEVO from Golden Peak to Ever Vail and shooting for a LEED Platinum designation. The Vail Town Council was supposed to hear a report on the project’s economic impacts Tuesday, but the presentation was cancelled due to snow. The report is supposed to detail Ever Vail’s impacts on the community, from tax and fee revenues to expenses related to public services such as police, fire and bus services. The presentation has been rescheduled for Dec. 7. In the meantime, Vail Resorts Development Company will host an open house for the public to learn more about the updated plans. The presentation will be Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Arrabelle.Two other important events happened at the council meeting Tuesday. The first was a presentation by the Vail Local Marketing District, Advisory Council. The presentation noted that events continue to be a major reason for people to come to Vail. While any one event might not be the exact clientele for all businesses, I think we would be hard-pressed to not admit that at the very least it creates the feeling of vitality in the town. And most people I know want to be where things are happening. The second item was that the council removed a $75,000 expense for the upcoming bike races, thus freeing up that money up for other events. That is a good thing. For those interested, the Vail Committee on Special Events and the marketing district advisory committee will hold a joint work session Dec. 1 at 11:30 a.m. at 11:30 in the Vail Town Council Chambers.The Vail Chamber & Business Association is the leading business advocacy group in Vail and is a communications outlet for businesses that want to have a voice in community affairs. If you are interested in finding out more about the Vail Chamber and Business Association and what we have to offer, call 970-477-0075 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Based in Vail Village, our office is located in the transportation center and our doors are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Stop by and say hello!Richard tenBraak is executive director of the Vail Chamber & Business Association.
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