Valley Voices: The irony of Vail’s Timber Ridge |

Valley Voices: The irony of Vail’s Timber Ridge

Camille K. de Klerk
Vail CO, Colorado

People come to live in Vail from all over the country and world, idolizing movies like “Out Cold,” “Aspen Extreme” and “Ski Patrol”. Movies where the only things keeping people alive are fresh snow, good beer and local hangouts. These kids don’t come here because they want to live like the guests they fervently work for on the mountain, in the restaurants and in gift shops. They come out here to ride the gnarliest fresh pow and live like the infamous ski bum. And what better habitat for this outlandish lifestyle than the bittersweet accommodations of Vail’s employee housing, Timber Ridge.

Probably one of the biggest reasons why everybody is at such odds with Timber Ridge is because of the general morale of its inhabitants. However, a closer look will reveal that these minor dilemmas are a small fee compared to the larger scope of the beneficial qualities Timber Ridge has to offer.

Some of the most common complaints are fixable or a given while living in Vail. For instance, people complain about the constant highway noise. While this is a valid complaint, one must keep in mind that Vail does surround I-70 and that Timber Ridge is conveniently on the (free) bus route and a two-minute ride from Lionshead Village. Another complaint that has surfaced innumerable times (especially this season) is the overcrowding of the apartments during the winter season. This can be highlighted by the fact that the people overcrowding the apartments may not be the ideal roommates. However, if you are lucky enough to find a couple of decent people, a simple fee will have you in an apartment (though still crowded) with friends to alleviate the situation.

All in all it seems that Timber Ridge was designed for the very people who take it for granted. When you consider the benefits of these apartments such as free utilities, free amenities, unbelievably cheap rent, and a constant party with people who you work with all winter long, it is difficult to imagine how any inhabitant of “The Ridge” would find it displeasing when everyone here is trying to find that same thing: a righteous time in the Colorado Rockies.

Camille K. de Klerk is a Vail resident. E-mail comments to

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