Telluride hotel to get an extreme makeover |

Telluride hotel to get an extreme makeover

Allen Best

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE, Colo. Sitting close to the ski slopes of Telluride, The Peaks Resort and Spa has been through several names and owners during its 15 years of existence.The latest owner, a well-heeled private investment firm called The Blackstone Group, is ready to pour money into The Peaks to make it a “trophy asset,” in the words of John Tolbert, a vice president in the LXR Luxury Resorts, a chain of properties established by the Blackstone. The 174 hotel rooms and all else are to get redone. And cost? “Thirty, forty, fifty million dollars?” guessed Russ Flicker, the president of development, in an interview with The Telluride Watch. “I don’t know.”One key change: the hotel’s Great Room will be less great itself, with ceilings lowered but windows expanded. “In a mountain setting like this,” explained Flicker, “it’s all about the views.”Architects for the makeover project are Skidmore, Owens, and Merrill, whose credits include the Sears and John Hancock Towers in Chicago and the Bank of America headquarters in San Francisco. The firm has also designed the Freedom Tower proposed for the site of the former World Trade Center in New York City.Crested Butte gears up for big summerCRESTED BUTTE, Colo. It’s shaping up as a busy, busy summer for Crested Butte, but also Gunnison, where a good many construction workers would ordinarily be expected to live. Some 800 new jobs are expected at the base of the Crested Butte ski area in a major new housing project, and another 200 workers are to be toiling in construction at Western State College in Gunnison.Where will they all live? Everything from temporary trailers to Club Med – which isn’t open in the summer – have been discussed. The Crested Butte News also reports that county officials, working in tandem with the towns and others, are examining a broad variety of other options for a long-term answer to the growing need for affordable housing. Among the ideas still on the table is inclusionary zoning, which would require that at least 30 percent of all new subdivisions in the rural part of Gunnison County be available for lower- and moderate-income buyers.New English school draws worldly crowdREVELSTOKE, B.C. English-as-a-second-language is expected to become a major income producer in British Columbia’s Revelstoke. A new school expects to take well-heeled students from Taiwan, Mexico, and perhaps other countries, teach them English while showing them the hot springs, mountains, and many other delights of the Revelstoke area. Students are expected to arrive with $2,500 in spending money, in addition to the $650 per month paid to families to host them, explains the Revelstoke Times Review. Altogether, the spinoffs to the economic are calculated at $500,000 (US $430,000) annually.A group of 30 Taiwanese students are the inaugural class at the school. School director Keith Stevenson hopes for happy, satisfied and English-proficient students who, in turn, will produce more students.Vail, Colorado

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