Vail Daily letter: Vail Resorts didn’t listen
Vail Resorts inaccurately portrayed their efforts to involve Beaver Creek Property owners in their plans to build a roller coaster near the base of Beaver Creek Village. Despite Beaver Creek CEO Doug Lovell’s assertions, they have made no effort to work with their neighbors.
After the Beaver Creek Property Owners Association filed suit in 2007 to stop an alpine slide, we agreed to put that lawsuit on hold if Vail Resorts pursued their project on Forest Service land, away from homes. In 2013, Vail Resorts called a meeting to announce, not discuss, their plans to build a year-round roller coaster, high rope course and summer tubing hill next to residential properties.
How can Mr. Lovell assert he listened to neighbors when he came back with a worse plan: A roller coaster and rides near homes that will scar the mountain and alter the character of Beaver Creek.
We could have had 100 meetings with Vail Resorts and they still would not have listened.
Vail Resorts gave their neighbors no choice but to stop this plan through litigation. Sadly, shareholder value is more important to them than community values.
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Timothy F. Maher
President, Beaver Creek Property Owners Association