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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 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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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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Darius Rucker – A Great Concert at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater (minus the rain)

Kim and I attended the recent Darius Rucker concert at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado.  This is the third year Darius has played a benefit concert for the Steadman Hawkins Research Center in Vail.  It was also the third time Kim and I attended.

Darius puts on a great concert, full of energy with amazing clarity.  Of course, the GFA is a great venue to view the concert.  However, as it happened last year, it rained for almost the entire concert.  But Kim and I are veterans and came prepared to sit on the grass and deal with the rain.  So we managed to stay dry while enjoying the concert.

The place was packed.  Hopefully Darius will return next year.

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The PSIA Logan Academy at Vail – A Fabulous Experience

I was recently selected to attend the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) Logan Academy in Vail.  Vicki and Kent Logan of Vail have supported the Vail and Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard Schools for years by sending a select few to the PSIA National Academy in Utah in the Spring.  This year, in addition to the National Academy, the Logans underwrote a PSIA Academy in Vail.

The Academy brings together members of the PSIA National Team and Vail and Beaver Creek ski instructors for 3 days of personal growth.  I was lucky enough to be selected for the Academy.

I skied with Nick Herrin, an 8-year member of the National Team and 7 other instructors from Vail and Beaver Creek.  What an incredible 3 days.  Nick guided us on an exploration of our own skills and knowledge of the ski instruction universe.  Everyone one of us skied away with a much deeper understanding of not only our own strengths and focus areas, but how to translate that knowledge into making us better and stronger ski instructors.  It was an experience I wish every ski instructor could go through. Luckily, I think the Logans are planning on making this an annual event.

Most of all, thanks to Nick for his patience, experience, and knowledge that exposed us to new ways of thinking and skiing.  I’m both physically and mentally exhausted after the 3 days but would do it again in an instant.  The photo above is of our group.

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Epicmix – A Fun Addition from Vail Resorts

This year Vail Resorts offered season pass and Peaks pass holders the ability to track the lifts they rode during a day of skiing as well as the vertical feet they tallied.  This information was captured by scanners that read the RF chip on the pass as the skier passed under a gantry as they boarded a lift. 

The information is accessed by logging into the Epicmix homepage at .  Once the skier creates a login and password, they can see the daily and season totals. 

Vail Resorts awarded digital “Pins” for accomplishing a particular feat, such as skiing 100,000 vertical feet, the “Wingardium Leviosa” pin.  They also awarded points based on a rather obscure system that I never could figure out. 

It has been fun seeing how much I skied over the course of a season and how I compared to other skiers.  I even set at goal – 1,000,000 vertical feet before the end of the season.  I’m within 75,000 feet and expect to complete it this week or next. 

The system still has a few bugs.  It occasionally misses a chairlift ride and I think the sorting system needs additional refinement.  But it has improved over the season and is a program that I highly recommend to guests.

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Vail Resorts Acquires Northstar-at-Tahoe Ski Resort

It was announced on Monday, 10/25/10, that Vail Resorts was acquiring the Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort on the north side of Lake Tahoe.  I actually learned how to ski in Northstar many years ago.  Of course it has changed significantly since then.  Kim and I visited Northstar several years ago and had a great time.  The glade skiing on the back side is excellent. 

This acquisition is slightly different from other ski resort acquisitions.  Vail Resorts purchased Booth Creek’s “tenant” position with CNL, an REIT, which owns the land the ski resorts sits on.  Real estate development in Northstar will be more difficult for Vail Results. 

Click here to see the VR press release.  Rob Katz, CEO, sent out an email to the employees with some additional comments.  Here is an excerpt from that email:

“Today I am excited to announce that Vail Resorts is acquiring Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif. from Booth Creek Resort Properties. With substantial and diverse ski terrain, a completely renovated and modern base village, and a reputation for outstanding guest service, Northstar has been one of the fastest growing mountain resorts over the last few years.  In addition, Northstar-at-Tahoe will be a terrific complement to Heavenly Mountain Resort, giving us the ability to provide guests even more choices and more value in Lake Tahoe – a key driver in delivering an experience of a lifetime for our guests.

As many of you have heard me say about acquisitions, while there are many ski resorts around the world, very few of them meet what we are looking for to grow Vail Resorts. There are many conditions that must align with our needs – a perfect storm – in order for an acquisition to be right, and Northstar-at-Tahoe is a great match.  Northstar has more than 3,000 acres of terrain, with terrific intermediate and beginner terrain and its terrain park is continually ranked as one of the top in the nation. Northstar has been investing in both on-mountain and base area improvements to help drive the guest experience, and is known for outstanding guest service. The resort is located near a major population center in San Francisco and adjacent to the Reno airport, and Northstar has developed a strong season pass program with terrific guest loyalty. Finally, and most importantly, Northstar has a strong leadership team and a dedicated team of employees on board that have been integral in delivering terrific results for the resort.

In addition, Northstar’s proximity to Heavenly (just over an hour away), gives us an excellent opportunity to offer access to both resorts with our season passes, cross promote the experience each has to offer and give guests a seamless way to experience both the South and North Shore of Lake Tahoe in one trip or throughout a season.  As we know from our experience in Colorado, this proximity between resorts allows us to offer our guests the best experience and the best value, all at the same time.”

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