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Vail Resorts Seniority Banquet – Kim Nottingham Celebrates 30 Years!


2013-04-04 19.47.38Thursday was a special night for us as Kim Nottingham (my lovely wife) celebrated her 30th anniversary with Vail Resorts along with about 500 of her closest friends at the Marriott Hotel in Vail.

I’m continually amazed at her work ethic, intelligence, patience, and management skills.  Maybe she will make 40, who knows.

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Vail Resorts New Epic Pass Line-Up for 2013-2014 Season


Recently Vail Resorts announced the new  season pass line-up for the 2013-14 season. Visit www.epicpass.com for more information. New for this year, Vail Resorts is introducing the Epic 4-Day and the Keystone A-Basin Pass, plus the Epic Pass now offers unlimited access to Eldora (some holiday restrictions apply for employees) and five free days at Verbier Resort in Switzerland.

Buy your Vail Resorts season pass before April 14 to lock in the lowest price available and get the most benefits.

  • The Epic Pass™: Now including unlimited access to Eldora in Colorado and Five Days In Verbier, Switzerland. Ski as much as you want, whenever you want at $689 for adults and $359 for children (ages 5-12).
  • The Tahoe Local Pass™: The best way to access Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Seven Days a Week.
  • New this year, The Epic 4-Day™: Perfect for people who only plan to take one ski vacation.
  • Epic 7-Day™: Perfect for people who don’t plan to ski more than seven days.

 

 

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Vail Resorts Welcomes Two Family Members!


I received the following message from Vail Resorts through their Employee Newsletter.  Interesting new acquisitions.  I’m wondering how you make these into “feeder” resorts beyond including them in the Epic Pass?  We’ll see.

This time next year, could you be skiing on the same pass as your friends in the Midwest? Last week we welcomed two premier urban ski areas in the Midwest, Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mount Brighton in Michigan, to the Vail Resorts family. Both ski areas serve major snow sports markets in the Midwest with more than 468,000 active skiers and snowboarders in the nearby Minneapolis-St. Paul and Detroit metropolitan areas. Read the full story.

Afton Alps Facts:

  • Located on the St. Croix River south of Afton, MN.
  • Has a 350 feet vertical drop
  • Has 48 trails and 18 chairlifts
  • During the summer runs an 18 hole golf course and a mountain bike trail.

Mt Brighton Facts:

  • The ski area has a 18-hole golf course called The Jackal, added in 2001. 
  • Mt. Brighton made a national appearance in the 1993 feature-length film, “Aspen Extreme.” The movie was filmed on location at Mt. Brighton and also in Aspen, Colorado.
  • Although in the movie it’s indicated that Mt. Brighton was built on top of an existing land fill, it was actually created with excess road debris from the construction of Interstate 96 and US 23.

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Vail Resorts to Acquire Two Ski Areas in Midwest, Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mount Brighton in Michigan


*  Acquisitions Join Guests of Premier Urban Midwest Ski Areas with Vail
Resorts’ Seven World-Class Mountain Resorts
BROOMFIELD, Colo.—Dec. 6, 2012—Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) announced today that it
has entered into agreements to purchase two premier urban ski areas in the Midwest, Afton Alps
in Minnesota and Mount Brighton in Michigan, for total cash consideration of $20 million. Both
ski areas serve major snow sports markets in the Midwest with more than 468,000 active skiers
and snowboarders in the nearby Minneapolis-St. Paul and Detroit metropolitan areas. Vail
Resorts plans to upgrade and enhance the experience at each resort and create opportunities to
connect guests from each of these ski areas to its seven world-class resorts in Colorado and Lake
Tahoe through season pass and other lift ticket products.
“We are thrilled to welcome Afton Alps and Mount Brighton to the Vail Resorts family. These
acquisitions are part of a new strategy for Vail Resorts to drive season pass sales and build
broader guest loyalty by looking at premier smaller ski areas located near major urban markets.
We plan to bring state-of-the-art racing, terrain parks, coaching and technology to the guest
experience. We also will connect these urban ski areas to our world-class resorts in Colorado,
California and Nevada with new season pass offerings, providing the chance to experience the
best skiing and riding locally and in the West,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive
officer of Vail Resorts.
“Afton Alps’ great terrain and strong heritage built by the Augustine family make it an ideal ski
area for our entry into the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. Similarly, Mount Brighton is a great
area for beginners and advanced skiers alike in the Detroit, Lansing and Ann Arbor markets
with a strong snow sports tradition built over decades by the Tippett and Bruhn families. We
plan to honor the important legacy of each ski area for their loyal guests while investing to
enhance the experience in the years to come.” Katz added.
Vail Resorts plans to enhance both the on-mountain and base area experience at each ski area.
These enhancements will include redesigned and updated terrain parks, best-in-class coaching
and instruction for all levels of skiers and riders, dedicated racing programs, expanded dining
and entertainment options at the base area, and integrated technology and social media
programs like EpicMix, EpicMix Photo and EpicMix Racing. The Company also will invest in
each ski area’s infrastructure to improve snowmaking, parking and access to provide a more
consistent experience throughout the season. Finally, the Company will be reviewing
opportunities to add new summer activities. The Company will be outlining its plans in the
coming months and meeting with the local communities to seek their input.
Nearing its 50th anniversary, Afton Alps is the largest ski area near a major city in the Midwest
with 48 trails on nearly 300 acres, 18 lifts, four base areas, night skiing and riding, tubing and

an 18-hole golf course. Afton Alps is located 33 miles from more than two million people and
more than 161,000 skiers and snowboarders in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.
Open since 1960, Mount Brighton features 26 trails on 130 acres, six lifts, night skiing and
riding and an 18-hole golf course. The ski area is located 43 miles from Detroit and is within
reach of more than four million people and more than 307,000 skiers and snowboarders in the
Detroit, Lansing and Ann Arbor metropolitan areas.
Vail Resorts is planning season pass products for both Afton Alps and Mount Brighton in time
for the 2013-2014 season pass sales period, beginning in March 2013. In the meantime, to
welcome both ski areas into the Vail Resorts family, Afton Alps and Mount Brighton season pass
holders will immediately receive a 25-percent discount off of the window rate on lift tickets at
Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood this season.

For more information, visit http://www.aftonalpsisepic.com and
http://www.mtbrightonisepic.com.
The Company expects to complete the purchase of both urban ski areas within the next month;
closing is subject to certain conditions.

 

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Vail Valley Real Estate Market Update, November 2012


Welcome to your November Real Estate Market Update.  Our local market is finally transitioning from a buyer’s market to a more traditional and balanced market.

In addition to my update on the overall real estate market, this report contains stories on:

Click on the link below to view the market update.

Market Update, November 2012

Vail and Beaver Creek Ski Resorts are now open.  Here’s hoping the storm forecast for early next week brings plenty of snow.

 

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Vail Mountain Names New Gondola “One” in Honor of Resort’s First Lift and Ongoing Commitment to Excellence


  • New lift installed in conjunction with Vail’s 50th anniversary
  • Cabin #50 will be gold as an ongoing reminder of Vail’s golden anniversary
  • Gondola will open to the public on opening day of the 50th anniversary season, Friday, Nov. 16 following a formal dedication

VAIL, Colo. — Nov. 9, 2012 — Vail Mountain, the largest ski resort in the United States, announced today its new, state-of-the-art gondola, installed this summer in conjunction with the resort’s 50th anniversary celebration will be named “One.” The lift’s numerical designation will also be #1. The name is a tribute to Vail’s original gondola – the first in Colorado – and the first lift skiers took at the resort when it opened on Dec. 15, 1962 in the same location as the new gondola. The name is also a symbol of the resort’s ongoing commitment to making Vail the top mountain resort in the world.

One-hundred ten of the gondola’s 111 cabins were designed with a silver finish and full-length tinted windows while cabin #50 has been painted gold as an ongoing reminder that the lift is an integral part of Vail’s 50th anniversary celebration. A grand opening dedication will be held Friday, Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m.

“Vail’s new gondola, One, is a tremendous step forward for both Vail Resorts and the ski and snowboard industry as well as an incredible investment in the guest experience,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “We could not be more excited to officially dedicate and launch it on opening day of such a monumental season for Vail Mountain.”

The gondola, constructed by Leitner-Poma of America, is the first of its kind in North America. The 10-passenger cabins feature heated, cushioned seats and Wi-Fi access. It has a speed of 1,200 feet per minute and a ride time of just under eight minutes. It is the fastest gondola of its type in the world, creating a 40 percent increase in uphill capacity over the previous Vista Bahn Express Lift (#16), a high-speed quad chairlift constructed in 1985.

More than 70 percent of the lift was manufactured just two hours west of Vail at Leitner-Poma’s Grand Junction plant. The cabins and other portions of the gondola were constructed in Europe.

 

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Kids Ski Free at Keystone – Every Day, All Season Long


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With less than a month to go until Opening Day of the 2012-23 Winter Season, Keystone is staking its claim as the leading kid-friendly and family-focused resort. Beginning this season, children ages 12 and under will ski and ride for free, every day, all season long, with no blackout dates. To qualify for Kids Ski Free, families must stay two or more nights in Keystone Resort owned/operated lodging, booked on keystoneresort.com or by calling (877) 204-7889. There are no other restrictions or limitations with this program, which makes it truly unique and sets Keystone apart in both the ski industry and the travel industry at large. For more information, visit keystoneresort.com.

 

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Vail Resorts Announces Epic Discovery


 

With Epic Discovery, summer in Vail will never be the same! Vail Resorts is creating an entirely new summer experience where adventure, education and nature balance and elevate one another.

Launching in 2014, Epic Discovery is designed to connect kids and families with our national forests in an active, fun and engaging way. Vail Resorts, the largest ski company in the United States, will work with The Nature Conservancy on interpretive aspects of the eco-discovery experiences. The proposal includes a number of new activities, Game Creek and Front Side Zip Line Tours, Adventure Ridge Challenge Tour, Micro-Interpretive Centers for Education, More Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails, Family Forest Adventure Park, Forest Flyer™,Game Creek Deck and Lookout Tower, Segway Trails and Tours. The extensive environmental and interpretive programming, offers everyone unique opportunities to try new outdoor activities, challenge themselves physically, discover an appreciation for nature and create lasting family memories.

Click below to visit the Epic Discovery Website:

Epic Discovery Website

 

 

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Cordillera bankruptcy case back in Colorado – Vail Daily


 

Delaware judge sends it to Denver bankruptcy court
By Randy Wyrick
rwyrick@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado
EDWARDS, Colorado — A Delaware bankruptcy judge ruled that since the 610 people suing David Wilhelm are in Colorado, the Cordillera bankruptcy case should be here, too.

Judge Christopher S. Sontchi punted the case to Colorado, where it landed before Judge Bruce Campbell in Denver’s federal bankruptcy court.

“The judge made the determination that this is where Cordillera’s past, present and future members are, so this where the case needs to be,” said Cheryl Foley, one of the lead plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit against Wilhelm and the Wilhelm Family Partnership.

Campbell held a status conference Friday afternoon to figure out what he has in front of him.

“Everything filed in Delaware has to be moved here,” Foley said.

Wilhelm’s Cordillera Golf Club LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month in Delaware, where the company is chartered.

“The Delaware judge’s ruling was meant to create an opportunity for meaningful discussions toward resolution between the club ownership group and its adversaries,” said Chris Celentino, the bankruptcy attorney representing Cordillera Golf Club. “I think the impetus is to encourage the debtor’s adversaries to take a more positive view toward working with the club to reach a productive resolution.”

In a related criminal matter, District Court Judge Frederick W. Gannett postponed Friday’s contempt of court hearing against Wilhelm. The hearing is tentatively set for Aug. 6 to 8.

Celentino and others with Cordillera have said the litigation against Wilhelm stems from a small and vocal minority.

But according to court documents, 623 people are eligible to be part of the group suing Wilhelm; 610 are officially in, and 13 have opted out.

It was 609 until Thursday, when one more person joined the class-action lawsuit.

“That’s not my definition of a small group of people. Characterizing this as a small group of unhappy members is delusional,” Foley said.

The Delaware bankruptcy trustee appointed a committee representing the unsecured creditors. That committee includes six club members, Foley among them, and two people from trade organizations.

“The bank and debtor have agreed to an interim financing agreement to provide more time to work out a long-term solution that will enable the club to restore itself,” Celentino said.

Wilhelm and the Wilhelm Family Partnership filed bankruptcy the day a $12.7 million loan was due to Alpine Bank. The bank has agreed to extend credit through the summer.

The Wilhelms and some Cordillera Club members have been locked in litigation for more than a year.

Last spring, Wilhelm promised to open all four Cordillera golf courses but opened only the Valley course and laid off dozens of workers. Some of the members — now 610, to be exact — sued him in a class-action lawsuit saying opening only the one course violated the membership agreement.

Their lawsuit asks that the $8 million in 2011 dues be repaid and that all the membership deposits be refunded — that could total $108 million.

Wilhelm sued them for $96 million, claiming they were trying to drive him out so they could take over.

 

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US Pro Challenge, Aug. 23 – Host City Highlight: Beaver Creek


Host City Highlight: Beaver Creek
Stage 4 Finish, August 23
Beaver Creek is set to host the Stage 4 mountain finish of the USA Pro Challenge Aug. 23. The intimate village setting nestled at the foot of the mountain’s formidable slopes combines a grand backdrop for competitors and for the thousands of spectators expected during the race. Beaver Creek is a place where people come together to relax and enjoy the sheer beauty of the area. Known for its commitment to service, family offerings, and culinary delights, the resort’s luxurious yet laidback mountain lifestyle blends the best of all worlds creating an experience that keeps you coming back for more.
Spirited adventures for every level of thrill seeker are available at Beaver Creek. From guided nature hikes to all-out heart pounding competitions, activities exist for all ages and ability levels. Ride the chairlift and hike Royal Elk Trail to Beaver Lake for a picnic. Test your mettle at Tough Mudder in June 2012 and earn bragging rights at the office for finishing. Or, watch top competitors vie for victory at the XTERRA off-road triathlon in July. Cheer on some of the world’s best long distance runners as they compete in the multi-day TransRockies run. Follow them through the Rockies or greet them at the finish in Beaver Creek in August. Local mountain bike and trail running series offer a great way to acclimate to the mountains and try your hand at new competitive sports. Peruse the summer events calendar at http://www.beavercreek.com and for those who are serious about sports, start training now!
If a more relaxed activity sounds more appealing, absorb the sensational summer scenery at Beaver Creek on a scenic chairlift ride. The Centennial Express Lift provides amazing views of Beaver Creek and the entire valley in colorful bloom. Bright Colorado sunshine delivers crisp endless views from Spruce Saddle, stretching to the east and north including the Gore Range as well as to mountain tops to the west. Lawn sports and activities are available and a disc golf course provides yet another way to play outdoors under the warm skies. Summer pricing will be announced in the coming months.
Beaver Creek is also home to three championship golf courses; The Beaver Creek Golf Club located right in Beaver Creek and Red Sky Ranch Golf Club which features the Greg Norman Golf Course and the Tom Fazio Golf Course located seven miles west of Beaver Creek.
Beaver Creek is located in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado, just 120 miles west of Denver and just 20 miles east of Eagle off of Interstate 70.  Be sure to visit http://www.beavercreek.com for details about 2012 summer events and packages.

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