Ever Vail: Vail’s hip new ski village?
August 18, 2008
VAIL, Colo. ” Vail Resorts envisions Ever Vail as a hip pedestrian village that would cater to generations X and Y.
“It’s targeted toward a different generation, a different demographic,” said Tom Miller, who is managing the project for Vail Resorts Development Co.
In the two years since Vail Resorts announced the $1 billion “green” ski village, the company has refined its vision for Ever Vail, which would be in West Lionshead where there is now a strip mall and an office building.
Details of the project will be explained at an open house on Wednesday.
A gondola is planned to ascend out of a stylish lift house up Vail Mountain to Eagles Nest. A five-star, 110-room “boutique” hotel would be a stone’s throw from the lift. About 100,000 square feet of stores and restaurants would include a small supermarket.
The new village won’t “cannabalize” existing Vail stores and restaurants, Miller said, adding that the company believes Vail can absorb 500 more hotel rooms and 200,000 more square feet of retail.
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Four hundred parking spaces will be dedicated to public skier parking, but Miller said other parking spaces could bring the number of skier spaces to 1,000 in Ever Vail. There also will be condos and timeshares.
About 11 percent of the homes will be affordable housing.
The company is seeking certification through the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Neighborhood Development program at the “platinum” level, the highest available LEED designation for “green” projects.
Miller said the company is focusing on the public areas between buildings as much as it is focusing on the buildings themselves.
“There are openings and closings,” Miller said. “There will be areas of discovery. You walk around a corner and it’s totally different.”
Public plazas, 1.5 acres in all, would be able to host events such as concerts, Miller said.
The “green” aspects that are being considered for the project include:
– Grass roofs.
– Microturbines in Gore Creek.
– Solar panels.
– “Passive solar,” which orients buildings in certain directions to capture energy from the sun.
– Energy transfer from building to building to share excess energy between structures.
– Using local beetle-killed trees for construction.
– Free bikes for anyone to use.
– “Flex cars” for hotel guests to use.
– Geothermal energy.
– Using reclaimed water from snowmelt in toilets.
Despite a withdrawal of the project earlier this month from a town of Vail zoning process, Vail Resorts says the project is on track.
“The town asked to resequence the process,” Miller said. “We’re not slowed or stopped.”
Miller said the company flew two town building officials to Seattle last week to meet with design consultants.
The sluggish national economy and real-estate slowdown doesn’t affect the project, either, Miller said.
“We don’t think it affects this market or this project,” he said.