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Vail is spending some $$ this Summer and putting a sizeable expansion on the mountain ops building that was put up a few seasons ago after the old one burned down..
I'd guess from looking at it this evening that the finished facility will be atleast triple the size of what was there the last few years since the post fire rebuild... Can't imagine how much lost revenue from the reduction in a few parking spaces will amount too
So they're not moving it to Sundance base as in the master plan? It's such a shame to see all the work Peaks put into that plan go to waste. That was as comprehensive as it gets and was a viable long-term vision.
It's in basically the exact same location, between the A and B parking lots, the original mount ops building was, and looks very close in size to what the original footprint of the building that burned down a few seasons ago.Jeff, where exactly is that?
The maintenance building was not effected by the fire was it? I can't imagine just Mountain Ops needing all that space if the cats are still kept elsewhere...
They must be planning to move other staff to that top floor as well...
Now they just need to find employees to fill all those offices.It's not all a Vail project. It took them a while to work out the insurance payout from the fire. Most of the $ for the project is coming from that but VR is adding more $ to the project to increase its size. When completed the 1st floor will be fleet ops/snow cat maintenance, building maint, and snowmaking. Lift Maint will stay where they are now. On the 2nd floor will be mtn ops mgmt offices, conference rooms, and ski patrol.
Part of the bid process was that the winner had to agree that the project would be done by Oct/Nov. So they are working really, really fast. Started about a week after the season ended. Hence why you were surprised by how much progress they made since April.
Vail is buying Mt Snow another new snow cat, a park pro. 2 new cats at Mt Snow in the last year with only 1 older cat moving on.
Just announced - Snow Lake Lodge will be 100% employee housing this season. Room for about 200 ppl. Additionally, the housing located near Carinthia will be employee housing as well. Should be a huge assist to staffing the operation this winter as housing availability and housing cost are the biggest barriers to staffing. People will put up with sh!tty pay if they have a place to live and can be at a ski area for the winter. Snow Lake Lodge will be a very multi-cultural experience with all the international seasonal employees there this winter. . .
Thats very impressive, though the devil is in the details - for instance, what are they charging? Interesting to see the math vs "normal' year occupancy revenue. But having that amount of housing that close to the mountain is great. Don't even need a car to go to work.
Rumor for a few years was that they were looking at having to do a complete top to bottom gut and redo if not knock it down and rebuild the entire place if they wanted to keep Snow Lake Lodge in their short term lodging pool for guests.
It definitely is showing its 60ish or so years of age