Private club opens at Vail |

Private club opens at Vail

Melanie Wong
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Contributed photoThe three-floor, 14,000-square-foot Vail Mountain Club is tucked away behind the Vail Mountain Plaza, with a view of the bottom of the mountain. Its heated deck has a pool and hot tub.

VAIL, Colorado ” Imagine grabbing your skis, walking out the back door and literally rounding the corner to board the Vista Bahn in Vail, Colo.

It’s a luxury that the newly opened Vail Mountain Club, the first ski-in, ski-out private club in Vail Village, is offering to its members.

Most skiers have never had that sort of convenience in Vail ” most are trudging across the cobblestones in their boots, carrying their equipment across the village to get to the lifts.

But that sort of exclusivity and convenience is exactly the appeal that the club has, said club director Jane Ivy.

The three-floor, 14,000-square-foot club is tucked away behind the Vail Mountain Plaza, with a view of the bottom of the mountain out the back windows. The heated deck has a pool, hot tub and lounge chairs from which to view the Gore Range.

Construction on the Vail Resorts-owned club began in 2006 and was completed this fall on a patch of ground that used to be a parking lot with access to Chair 1.

The club’s lounge area is a spacious, high-ceilinged room with a breakfast, coffee and hot chocolate bar lined with overstuffed chairs and couches. A bar area is popular for the apres-ski crowd, Ivy said.

The club is also connected to the new Rock Resorts Spa, a full spa and gym. But the real draw is the slopeside convenience, said Beth Howard, vice president of club operations.

“It’s a premier location,” she said.

And the price isn’t cheap ” the yearly rate is $275,000 for a full membership with an underground parking space. Forgo the parking, and the price is $150,000.

At the back door, a ski valet waits to take skis, and club members can stash their gloves and hats in a convenient cubby hole. Downstairs in the wood-paneled, expansive locker room, each locker is engraved with the owner’s name.

Most impressive might be the inside of the lockers, each of which is fitted with its own boot drier.

The club is similar to others in the area, such as the Bachelor Gulch Club, or Arrowhead’s Alpine Club. Members pay for a yearly membership that includes the facilities and social events. Aspen has the private Aspen Mountain Club, located alongside the Sundeck restaurant atop Aspen Mountain.

“We provide a community, a basis to meet people. It’s a social atmosphere,” Howard said.

Most of the club’s members are local second-home owners, Front Range skiers and people form New York, Chicago or Texas.

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