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Vail Daily’s View: State of Vail: Pretty darn good right now

Don Rogers
Vail, CO, Colorado

There’s good reason for Vail to be the envy of the Vail Valley and beyond.

Is there a town in better shape financially, organizationally or in investing in the future?

Being a little lucky helps, too. The timing of the Great Recession, if it had to happen, helped, as well. Or, rather, the timing of Crane City’s major hotel developments opening in time to enhance the remarkable recovery of the past two years — while most of the rest of the country still fights through recession.

One ski industry leader was heard to say the town is even catching up to Vail Resorts’ habit of on-mountain improvements.

The town’s voters helped erase one of two unresolved challenges — what to do with the $9.4 million collected through a lodging tax that the voters approved before changing their minds and voting down plans for the conference center the fund would have financed.

The money will be spread around to help renovate the tired Vail golf course clubhouse, as well as improve the Ford Amphitheater and athletic fields at Ford Park.

That remaining anchor on Vail’s otherwise breathtaking successes of late is, of course, Timber Ridge, the aging employee housing complex that has proved stubbornly difficult to redevelop.

Seems like everything else that Vail’s leaders have touched justifies renaming the community the town of Midas.

And to think that much of the town’s successes in building and attracting events has come in the throat of the worst recession the Great Depression.

Imagine the trajectory when recovery actually takes hold.

The town’s leaders are teeing up Ever Vail and a bold plan for a medical-municipal complex, along with figuring out how to redevelop Timber Ridge effectively.

And hey, let’s think big. Maybe even that favorite non-problem, parking, will finally settle out.

The town is sitting pretty these days, al though if you are paying attention, “sitting” is the wrong word here.

You can learn more at the town’s annual meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Donovan Pavilion. Mayor Andy Daley will present the “State of the Town” followed by Vail Resorts officials who will talk about Vail Mountain’s efforts.


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