Vail Resorts investing in resort improvements
BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts has announcing many new resort improvements for its guests for next winter, including express chairlifts and restaurants, room renovations and a snowmaking upgrade. Vail Resorts anticipates spending about $85 million for 2014-15, which brings its five-year resort investment total to $492 million.
“At Vail Resorts, we place the highest importance on offering an unparalleled guest experience, and investing nearly $500 million over the last five years is evidence of that,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer for Vail Resorts. “We’re very strategic about the projects we undertake and their overall impact on the guest experience at each of our 10 resorts. Each one of these projects is a game changer for the guests of that particular resort.”
PROJECTS PLANNED FOR THE SUMMER
Projects that are currently underway or planned for this summer that will be completed by the 2014-15 winter season include:
• Beaver Creek Chair 6 combination lift and snowmaking upgrades: The new combination gondola/six-passenger express lift replaces Centennial Express, Beaver Creek’s primary portal. With one gondola cabin for every five chairs, the new combination lift offers a guest-friendly loading option for beginners and the Ski and Snowboard School, and all guests will benefit from the 35 percent increase in uphill capacity.
In addition, 34 new, state-of-the-art snowmaking guns will line Gold Dust and Lower Larkspur trails to refresh the snow surface conditions throughout the season.
• The Lodge at Vail Renovation: The Lodge at Vail will undergo renovations to 56 hotel rooms and the lobby for the 2014-15 winter season, including new interior finishes, furnishings, lighting and the installation of air conditioning in the rooms.
The lobby’s refresh will include new furnishings, textiles, paint, artwork and lighting. The property will remain open for business during the renovations, which start in August and will be completed in December.
• Breckenridge Colorado Super Chair and Peak 9 Restaurant renovation: On the heels of launching Peak 6 last season, the ski industry’s most significant terrain expansion in the last decade, upgrading the Colorado Super Chair from a quad express to a six-passenger express will provide a 30 percent increase in capacity for Peak 8’s primary and most-used lift. It will help disperse skiers to the surrounding peaks and provides a faster route from Peaks 6 and 7 to Peak 9, where the existing Peak 9 restaurant is getting a remodel.
• Canyons Cloud Dine and snowmaking expansion: Heading into its second year of operating Canyons, Vail Resorts is replacing the temporary Cloud Dine structure with a permanent, 316-seat restaurant.
Upgrading Canyons’ pump station will increase snowmaking efficiency by 25 percent and will enable top-to-bottom skiing and good early-season snow surface conditions.
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