Welcome to ‘The 10th’
VAIL – There will be a new reason to tell friends next ski season to “Meet me at noon at Mid-Vail.”
Vail Resorts is naming its new Vail Mountain restaurant The 10th, announced Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain, Wednesday.
Mid Vail’s new ski-in, ski-out restaurant is scheduled to open Dec. 1. They start taking reservations Oct. 1.
The name, “The 10th,” is a subtle nod to the veterans of the 10th Mountain Division, Jarnot said.
“They came back from World War II and made skiing what it is in the United States, as well as Vail,” Jarnot said.
Many members of the 10th Mountain Division were American ski industry pioneers, including Vail founder Pete Seibert.
The 10th restaurant is designed for those who looking for something besides cafeteria food on a plastic tray.
The place settings are Fontessa china with Schott Zwiesel crystal, on linen tablecloths, said Mike Friery, Vail Mountain’s food and beverage director.
The menu is still a work in progress. The new chef will put personal touches on it when he or she is hired, Friery said.
The 10th is more than 13,000 square feet and will seat approximately 160 people in the main dining area, 40 more in the lounge and an additional 40 on the south-facing deck.
The dining room seats 160 people and the huge windows provide a sweeping view of the Gore Range.
“The view will be one of the main attractions,” Jarnot said.
Out back, even on the shortest days, that south-facing deck gets sun from around 11:30 a.m. until at least 5 p.m. You can get a tan while you watch skiers and riders try a run down Look Ma and Challenge.
If you’re ready to take an extended break in your ski day, you can kick off your boots and step into slippers they provide. Everything’s stored in a heated area, and it’s not a private club setting like Game Creek. The 10th is open to the public.
If you want to get back on the mountain in a hurry, you can do that, too, Jarnot said.
“The opportunity to reserve a table and enjoy dining of this caliber is something we’ve been looking forward to offering our guests for some time,” Jarnot said.
The bar seats 40 people and is accented with green onyx, a translucent stone that’s lit from below, says Susan Nowalski with Zehren and Associates, the architects who designed The 10th.
Hyder Construction is building it, the same company that built Two Elk the second time around after the original building was set on fire in 1998.
The design is more contemporary than any of the other on-mountain restaurants, Jarnot said.
“It’s going to be simply beautiful,” Jarnot said.
The ceilings are wood and give way to stone walls to give it the Rocky Mountain feel of its surroundings.
The 10th will be open to the public, and anyone can make a reservation if seats are available. Vail Mountain Club members have first crack at them. Some seats will be set aside each day to be reserved by members, but if Vail Mountain Club members don’t reserve them up to one week in advance, they become available to the public.
Walk-in seating will also be available each day, Jarnot said.
The ski company broke ground on the new restaurant in August 2010 for foundation work. They plowed the road and started work the day after the ski season closed this year, Jarnot said.
The 10th is part of about $98 million in upgrades Vail Resorts installed this year across its resorts.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or email@example.com.