News in Brief
January 7, 2007
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The outlook for the name of Sunlight Mountain Resort was clouded recently by what’s being called an error by the company that plans to buy the resort. Exquisite Development, the Florida company that signed a deal to purchase Sunlight, had begun referring to it as Compass Point Ski Resort on its website, http://www.exquisitedevelopment.com.
However, Exquisite Development operations manager Mike Dooley said Friday the reference was in error and Sunlight’s name will remain the same.
“This has just come to my attention. It is obvious there was an error in posting the information on our website. We will have this corrected as soon as possible to reflect that there is no change to the name,” Dooley said.
The reference was changed to Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort within about an hour after Dooley promised to fix it.
That’s still not exactly what the resort’s name is now. But then again, the current name could be considered a little bit misleading. Sunlight Peak is across Four-Mile Creek from the resort. The resort is located on Compass Mountain, which Dooley said led to the website error.
Exquisite Development is planning ski-in, ski-out residential condominiums surrounding a town center at Sunlight. Dooley said it’s too early to say what the development ” as opposed to the ski area ” will be named, but it would include a reference to Sunlight.
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Sunlight went on the market in 2005 for $ 50 million. It sealed the deal with Exquisite Development in December for an undisclosed price. The sale is contingent on Exquisite Development receiving government approvals for its plans for Sunlight. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
VAIL ” A Fort Collins woman is suing Vail Associates, saying the company’s negligence caused her finger to be partially amputated while getting on Chair 5 in 2005.
Elizabeth A. Neal filed a complaint in Eagle County Court last week seeking an unspecified amount of damages in relation to the Jan. 3, 2005, incident.
Neal did not return a phone message left for her Thursday. A spokeswoman for Vail Mountain could not be reached for comment.
Neal’s complaint says she suffered “a partially amputated finger, permanent nerve damage, skin graft surgery, scarring, shock, loss of employment, emotional distress and pain and suffering.”
The complaint says Neal was loading onto Chair 5 when she was injured. Chair 5, or High Noon Lift, serves Sun Down and Sun Up bowls.
Vail Associates did not properly operate and maintain the loading area of Chair 5, the lawsuit says. The complaint also cites violations of the Ski Safety Act and the Passenger Tramway Safety Act.
Vail Associates is a subsidiary of Vail Resorts that operates Vail Mountain. (Vail Daily)
The 10th Mountain Division huts system will celebrate its 25th anniversary at a party at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Jan. 20.
According to director Ben Dodge, the location of the party was chosen for two reasons: to accommodate many of the aging veterans of the 10th Mountain Division, for whom a trip to Aspen would be difficult; and because one of the association’s directors also is on the board of the museum.
The 10th Mountain Division Huts Association, conceived in the early 1980s by 10th Mountain Division veteran Fritz Benedict of Aspen and a few dedicated friends, manages 29 huts strewn across the mountainous terrain between Crested Butte, Aspen, Vail and Leadville. Of those, 14 huts are owned and operated by 10th Mountain. The rest are owned by other organizations, but managed through the 10th Mountain reservations system.
For more about the huts system, the anniversary or other 10th Mountain Division information, visit the association’s website at http://www.huts.org, or call Cindy Carpenter at the association’s administrative office in Aspen at 925-4554.