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Vail Resorts to spend some money

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Vail Resorts intends to plow between $75 million and $85 million into its various resorts this summer. Heavenly, on the California-Nevada border, will get an on-mountain restaurant. Vail Mountain gets a quad lift to replace the ancient three-seater that has served the Back Bowls for decades.

 

Steamboat project goes ahead

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - Work will proceed this summer on infrastructure work at the Steamboat ski area. Plans had suffered a couple of bumps in the road this year after the recession caused work to take a breather last year. But the Steamboat Pilot reports that the city council has agreed to allow $2.5 million in spending. Eventually, the town hopes to see a nice creek-side promenade in addition to a variety of new hotels. Burgess Creek, which runs along the base of the ski mountain, was at one time put into an underground pipe.

 

Airport proximity important

KETCHUM, Idaho - Sharp words have punctuated recent discussions about building a new airport farther away from Sun Valley and Ketchum. The debate has been fractious since the start.

The more distant airport would be able to accommodate larger planes, unlike the existing airport, which is located at Hailey, about a 15-minute drive from the resort. An hour's drive will be too much for Sun Valley's upper-crust customers, alleges one blogger on the Idaho Mountain Express. "Sun Valley as a tourist spot will die a quick death if you can't get there quickly from the airport," the blogger insists.

Would it? Aspen's airports lies only minutes from Aspen, but Vail's portal lies about a half-hour distant.

 

CB expects fewer airline seats

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. - Crested Butte continues to evaluate its lifeline to the distant cities that provide its crucial winter customers.

Those flights need to be filled at least two-thirds full for the direct flights to work. This year, they were just 54 per cent full, and the local community will have to pay $1.2 million to the airlines in revenue guarantees. Such revenue guarantees are not uncommon, and a representative of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, the ski area, reported at a recent meeting that Steamboat paid $2.4 million in guarantees this year.

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