Vail Mountain land swap complete
MINTURN – White River National Forest, The Conservation Fund and Vail Resorts have completed a land exchange, that clears the way for the ski company to renovate the base of Vail Mountain around the Vista Bahn.
The deal also give the federal government more than 600 acres of wildlife habitat and recreation land.
Vail Resorts is acquiring approximately five acres at the base of Vail Mountain commonly known as the”Front Door,” in exchange the public received 135.5 acres along South Game Creek and 475 acres in Vassar Meadows that lies along East Brush Creek south of Eagle.
“We are extremely excited about this land exchange all the way around. Vail
Resorts, The Conservation Fund and the Forest Service should all be very
proud of what we have accomplished with this exchange and the companion
donation of land,” District Ranger Cal Wettstein said.
The portion of the exchange located at Vassar Meadows, which lies along
East Brush Creek, completes a multi-year effort initiated by a broad
coalition of partners including Colorado State Parks, Eagle County, the
town of Eagle, Great Outdoors Colorado and The Conservation Fund to protect
nearly 1,800 acres along East and West Brush Creek previously slated for
development as part of the proposed Adam’s Rib Ski Area.
The land was purchased in 2000 by The Conservation Fund from Kummer
Development Corporation. Approximately 1,300 acres went to Colorado State
Parks as an addition to Sylvan Lake State Park.
The remaining acres at
Vassar Meadows were held by The Conservation Fund until the lands could be
transferred to the Forest Service as an addition to the White River