Being Environmentally friendly is difficult, but when your company, and a whole town depend on cold weather for there livelihoods, it was only a matter of time until someone tried to create a development the was going to be environmentally sensitive.. On March 5th, Vail Resorts announced plans for Ever Vail, North Americas Largest green resort.
Plans for the resort call for a gondola, hotel , condos and retail space in West Lionshead. Rob Katz, Vail resorts announced the plans on Monday March 5th, saying that EverVail reflects the values of local residents, visitors and employees. Katz said " it's a development that's going to be green through and through. Condos, timeshares, a hotel, a gondola, retail space, and a brand new parking structure are planned for the $1billion project.
The buildings will be certified through the LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Ever Vail is aiming for certification under LEEDS new neighborhood category. Some of the techniques that will be incorporated into the design will include minimizing erosion, using recycled materials or solar power.
If things go as planned, Ever Vail is scheduled to start in 2009 and be completed around 2012. The first aspect of the project that would need to be completed would be the realignment of South Frontage Road to parallel I-70. Once that was completed, the buildings in the area could be demolished, and construction in earnest could begin. Once complete, Ever Vail will help distribute skiers more evenly across Vail Mountain, and take pressure off of the current Lionshead portal.
The estimate on what will be produced in this new development is as follows. There will be between 150 and 250 condos constructed, 75, 125 timeshare residences, 100,000 - 150,000 square feet and an additional 100,000 - 150,000 square feet of retail space. Also there will be a new Gondola, A maintenance facility, employee housing, and a public parking garage.