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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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U.S. Ski Team hits Golden Peak for early-season training

VAIL—The U.S. Ski Team began early-season training yesterday on Vail Mountain, and will continue training throughout the month of November as the World Cup season heats up.

Vail Mountain operations teams have taken advantage of natural snowfall last week combined with snowmaking and grooming efforts to prepare the Golden Peak race course for training. Crews have also been making snow on Born Free on the western side of Vail Mountain in preparation for opening day of the resort’s 50th anniversary season on Friday, Nov. 16.

Fans can catch some of their favorite ski racers, including Olympic gold medalists like Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso, up close as the 2013 U.S. Alpine Ski Team is named in Vail on Thursday, Nov. 15. Partake in the live, public celebration starting at 5 p.m. in Arrabelle Square in Lionshead.Photo Courtesy Vail Resorts


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Cordillera Real Estate Market Update – 2/3/12

We have had many successes in Cordillera this past year together with the challenges, and we’d like to tell you about a few of them.  Many of you have called us to ask questions and we always welcome your inquiries.  It’s important to have the facts, so call us any time.

One misconception is that financing institutions will not loan on Cordillera properties.   Many, if not all of the sales, this past year have been financed and we will be happy to share the names of those participating institutions with you.

Since January 1, 2011, we have had over $33 million in sales; 22 homes have sold with an average selling price of $1.5 million.  There are currently 10 properties under contract, due to close shortly.  Just this past weekend, we had several brokers showing property and they placed 3 homes under contract.

We have observed that many of the new buyers in Cordillera are friends of owners and are confident that a resolution to the lawsuit is on the horizon.  They feel that now is a good time to buy in Cordillera with the unbeatable values that are available.  Interestingly, several of the buyers have been attorneys who have read the information regarding the lawsuits and feel comfortable with their purchases.

The Lodge and Spa has initiated a Cordillera membership for a minimal fee that makes all of the Lodge and Spa amenities available to Lodge members.  The Grouse on the Green and Mirador Restaurant are open to the public and as popular as ever.  Their list of special events for members is extensive, so call us for more information.

The Cordillera Vail Club at the base of Vail Mountain has initiated a special offering that gives 2 free days use of The Club to folks who may be interested in joining.  You do not have to be a Cordillera owner to take advantage of this opportunity.  Again, call us for more information.

We have been told that negotiations with The Club are taking place.  The Cordillera team is optimistic that there will be a settlement in the near future.

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