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Vail Resorts planning $6M bridge in Keystone

Bob Berwyn
Keystone, CO Clorado

KEYSTONE, Colorado – The Keystone Citizens League is holding an open meeting June 15 at the Keystone Center, featuring updates on resort plans by Vail Resorts by Pat Campbell, vice president and chief operating officer, and Alex Iskenderian of Vail Resorts Development.

The biggest news may be that Vail Resorts will proceed with construction of a new $6 million skier bridge across the Snake River to ease access to the new River Run gondola, said Amir Pambechy, president of the citizens league.

“It’s quite something that Vail will go ahead with this project in this economy,” Pambechy said. The project includes grading the slopes near the base of the gondola and relocating a surface lift for beginners to the midway station. All that should help skier flow around the base of the mountain.

Vail Resorts officials said previously the time line for new real estate development around the gondola base has been pushed back by a year due to economic conditions.

Keystone discussed a new ski area master plan at a similar meeting last fall, when resort leaders emphasized improvements to existing trails, as well as long-term plans for new lifts and trails.

A big focus for the resort and Forest Service is a vegetation management plan aimed at removing dead trees that could threaten ski lifts, and restoring the forest on the ski mountain.