Vail to begin building employee housing
VAIL – Vail Resorts will hold a community groundbreaking event for First Chair, the employee housing project located in Lionshead, at 5 p.m. Thursday.Specialty Sports Venture and the Vail’s Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum will also participate in the ceremony, and in celebration of Earth Month, kick off a three-day effort to recycle ski and snowboard equipment as well as ski memories.The employee housing project, known as First Chair, will be a four-story building with 124 beds of employee housing in three- and four-bedroom units. It should open next year at the southern end of the pedestrian bridge that crosses Interstate 70. The building will have parking, skier drop-off spaces, and new snow-melted pedestrian walkways along the south and east sides of the project. Hot dogs and beverages will be served at Thursday’s ceremony. Susie Tjossem, executive director of the Colorado Ski Museum, says the Earth Month recycling event is an opportunity to build the museum’s collection of photos, artifacts and stories. Specialty Sports Venture will maintain bins on the site throughout the weekend where ski and snowboard equipment will be collected. “We’re encouraging people to recycle their memories as well as help build the museum’s collection of artifacts,” said Tjossem, who is also a member of the Vail Town Council. “We’re preparing for Vail’s 50th Anniversary in 2012 and the museum is looking for unique items that represent Vail’s history – photos, equipment, unusual or stylish ski wear – and stories about Vail’s residents and their accomplishments.”If you don’t have that special museum contribution, just recycle. The collection bins will remain on the First Chair site through Sunday. In addition to unique items, the Colorado Ski Museum is looking for:• Stories about Vail’s residents and their accomplishments;• Specific Olympic clothing, coats, skis, stocking hats, flags and non-newspaper memorabilia like photos;• Ski patrol-clothing, skis, equipment and photos; historic and present day; • 10th Mountain Division artifacts: skis, poles, clothing, equipment;• Wooden skis, from 1880s-1930s;• Old ski clothing, 1880s-1940s;Also, the Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places is planning a Sustainable Art Sled exhibition next winter season and is looking wooden Flexible Flyers or toboggans.