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Ever Vail puts snowmelt in the toilets

Edward Stoner
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Ever Vail, shown in this rendering, Vail Resorts' planned new village for West Lionshead, will use micro-turbines in Gore Creek to power outdoor lighting, the company said Wednesday. (Courtesy Vail Resorts)

VAIL ” The street lamp outside an affordable Vail condo might be powered by tiny rotors in the Gore Creek.

So says Vail Resorts in plans released Wednesday for Ever Vail, its proposed new village for West Lionshead.

Vail Resorts will intersperse dozens of affordable, deed-restricted condos in Ever Vail village, the company said. That helps satisfy the town’s new, stricter affordable housing rules passed earlier this year.

There will be affordable studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom homes, totaling 123 beds, in the village, the company said.

“So people can start moving back to Vail, so to speak,” said Rob Katz, chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

Ever Vail will be built on 9.5 acres in West Lionshead around a new gondola that will go up Vail Mountain. It’s a “green” themed village that will meet requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED.

Stores, restaurants, a hotel, a park, offices and a parking garage are also planned for the $1 billion Ever Vail. It’s supposed to be completed in 2013.

The village still has to be approved by the town of Vail.

Broomfield-based Vail Resorts also announced other green aspects of the village that it plans to use. They include:

– Using pine-beetle-killed trees in buildings.

– Using geothermal energy to heat sidewalks. The process would embed coils deep into the earth to bring heat to the surface and help melt snow on streets and sidewalks.

– Installing “hydro micro-turbines” in Gore Creek to power outdoor lighting.

– Using a snow-melting machine to melt snow plowed off streets and sidewalks, then use that water in toilets. Melted snow would also be used to wash snowcats and snowmobiles.

– Install sod roofs.

– Create a “flex car” program, which would provide a fleet of cars for Ever Vail owners to use while in town. The program would encourage owners to use shuttles and public transportation to get to town, Vail Resorts said.

“We have the opportunity to really go out and take the best of all the different practices and design to make Ever Vail outstanding,” Katz said.

The parking garage will have 700 public spaces and be six stories high.