Twin Marriott time-share hotels open at Heavenly |

Twin Marriott time-share hotels open at Heavenly

Allen Best

In addition, interior work is being completed on 105,000 square feet of commercial space for 38 tenants, including Patagonia, Wolfgang Puck, and Cold Stone Creamery. They are expected to open by Christmas.

Also part of the $250 redevelopment project in South Lake Tahoe, along Highway 50, are a parking garage and transit center. The four-level parking garage will have 420 spaces.

Vail Resorts, which earlier this year acquired Heavenly, expects that these changes will create a car-less destination. Once people arrive, they can park their cars without needing them for several days, explained Molly Cuffe, Vail Resorts spokeswoman. Skiing, shopping and the casinos are all located within walking distance.

Marriott is offering two type of timeshare. The more traditional time-shares offer 137 villas at prices ranging from $11,500 to $42,900 per week.

The complex with 199 units offers quarter-to-whole ownership packages. Those units have more amenities, and prices range from $125,000 to $650,000. That project is 80 percent sold out, with three-quarters of buyers coming from California.

Vail Resorts is also pushing money into Heavenly. The company has committed to spending up to $40 million during the next few years.

Ski areas opening left and right in Colorado

DENVER – It may be like a false summit when hiking a mountain, but as of early October it looks as thought the drought is over. Snow has been falling abundantly in Colorado, and temperatures have been ideal for making snow.

Most stark is the contrast at Wolf Creek. Although Wolf Creek perennially has the most snowfall of any resort in Colorado, last year it didn’t open until December, and even then with a thin cover. But as of Nov. 3, this year it had 46 inches on top, 35 inches at midway. It was open.

All that remain absent are customers. Normally, reservations lines begin lighting up after news of substantial snowstorms. If they don’t within the next two weeks, resorts in Colorado may have reason to fret about another long winter.

High Country architecture mimics mining buildings

TELLURIDE – A minor theme of mountain architecture in recent years has been an attempt to mimic the mining era. That theme is particularly strong at Keystone’s base area, River Run, where one of the several lodges has a tin-type veneer, as if it had been hauled from a hillside above Leadville. Even Vail adopted the theme with for its lift-top buildings in the new expansion area, Blue Sky Basin.

Now, at Telluride’s Mountain Village, there’s a report of a $5.5 million house built with aspects of 19th-century industrial gold mining in mine. It is, reports the Telluride Watch (Oct. 25), a “far stretch from the typical log-and-stone homes most commonly found in the Mountain Village.

The 5,425-square-foot home has a scoured timber frame, rusted corrugated tin roof, heavy metal grating system, simple form windows and a four-story entry tower. All this whispers “industrial” mining, notes the paper, while upholding a creative elegance.

“We looked at the project in the context of Telluride being an older mining community, and took into account a lot of precedents that were set of how buildings were typically built on steep sites in the area,” said Doug Reinhardt, architect at Charles Cunniffe and Associates.

How do you instill weather-beaten character into brand-new wood? One trick is fertilizer. A finish made primarily of fertilizer (the kind of fertilizer was not specified) was scoured on the home’s timber frame to give it a darker, weathered appearance.

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