Moving off the slopes |

Moving off the slopes

Cliff Thompson
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyConstruction worker Anthony Martinez replaces footings on the foundation of the new Vail Resorts building Thursday in Eagle-Vail.

EAGLE-VAIL ” Amidst a real estate boom now in its 20th month, heavy demand for slopeside and resort village property is spreading beyond the ski slopes of Eagle County.

Two buildings Vail Resorts and the Beaver Creek Metro District are building in Eagle-Vail will replace slopeside and other buildings displaced by residential and other development in Vail’s Lionshead and Beaver Creek’s Bachelor Gulch.

Last year the company purchased two lots just east of the Eagle-Vail Animal Hospital for $3 million and sold one of the lots to the metro district. Last fall the Xcel Building there was demolished.

Vail Resorts is building a 22,000-square-foot warehouse for ski uniforms, mechanical parts and equipment, that will consolidate warehouses in Vail and Beaver Creek. The new facility will be ready next ski season, said Bob McIlveen, manager of special projects for the company.

“It will be more functional because it will put everything in one place,’ said McIlveen.

The Beaver Creek Metropolitan District will be constructing a separate building of approximately 6,000 square feet it will use for offices, parking and maintenance and repair of its 23-vehicle fleet of heavy equipment.

The metro district’s equipment facility and other offices at Prater Lane ” dubbed “Tin City” by locals because it has a shiny tin roof ” are being displaced by residences and commercial space.

Other offices housed at Tin City are being moved to the Arrowhead maintenance facility, at the east end of that subdivision, McIlveen said.

Another conversion from company property to residences is happening at the south end of Beaver Creek Village. Vail Resorts’ snow cat maintenance facility near the Dally ski run is being moved farther up the trail near Chair 9, McIlveen said.

The old maintenance facility will be supplanted by 13 duplexes.

Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or

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