Ski Club buys Maloit Park land from school district
MINTURN, Colorado – When the school district decided to sell some Maloit Park land it no longer needs, it didn’t have to look far for a buyer.The school district is selling two 1-acre Maloit Park parcels to Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.The ski club and the school district run the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, the nation’s only public school snow sports academy.The school has begun to attract students from around the country and the ski club will use the land to build dormitories and training facilities.The deal does not include the building where the Eagle Valley Community Fund’s annual rummage sale is held.The ski club will pay $57,450 for .9 of an acre to build a fitness center and human performance facility, and $210,000 for 1.1 acres to build dorms and staff housing. The deal for the 1.1 acres is scheduled to close within three years.A third parcel, 6.3 acres, is also being made available to the ski club for $402,150 for 6.3 acres. There’s no timetable and no specific purpose, but it’s available if the ski club wants to buy it, school district officials said. The ski club has the right of first refusal on that parcel.The sales prices are based on recently completed real estate appraisals, school district officials said.”They won’t need this land for education purposes in the foreseeable future,” said Tom Braun, who helped put the package together.Ski & Snowboard Club Vail trains aspiring young racers to compete in alpine skiing, freeskiing, freestyle, Nordic skiing and snowboarding. “Eagle County Schools and Ski & Snowboard Club Vail have strong ties in this community, with a collective vision of meeting the needs of individual students, both academically and athletically,” said Sandra Smyser, school district superintendent. “We are extremely excited to continue to build upon our strong relationship and the future success of the VSSA program.”The school district annexed its Maloit Park property to Minturn in 2011 and, shortly afterward, the school district and ski club began working toward a conceptual site plan for the human performance center, student residences and staff housing.The goal is to create a campus setting around the academy.The school board approved the deal during last Wednesday’s meeting.Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.