Vail Resorts’ proposed Ever Vail development is finally making some headway. After spending years with the Town of Vail’s Planning and Environmental Commission, Vail Resorts has finally received approval for key zoning changes and boundaries for the land where Ever Vail will be built. The Vail Town Council is scheduled to take on the zoning and subdivision portion of the development’s application on March 1. Once that portion is approved, Vail Resorts would submit applications for each of the 12 buildings in the project, which would be built in three phases. Vail Resorts continues to assure Town Council and citizens that their timing is right. “One of the top questions we get is why are we seeking entitlements now, with so much other inventory on the market,” said Kristin Kenney Williams, a Vail Resorts spokeswoman. “And we agree with that, but we’re seeking them now because we’re alrady in our third year of the approval process and if we waited for the markets to turn around and then launched the approval process, we would really be behind the curve.” The development comes with a $1 billion dollar price tag for good reason. It proposes a gondola from West Lionshead to Eagle’s Nest, an underground mountain operations facility, 670 parking spaces, 102 hotel rooms, on-site employee housing, a specialty grocery store, a live music venue, new commercial retail, a transit center and over 400 condominiums. By offering visitors something new, Vail Resorts looks to keep a competitive edge over other luxury ski resorts including Deer Valley and Whistler. “We believe we’ll be one of, in not the only, resort community that’s going to be able to market new product – that’s going to pull people away from other resort communities,” Kenney Williams stated. Consistently rated as the #1 or number #2 ski resort in North America, Vail looks to capture the #1 spot once and for all. Please visit www.ronbyrne.com or call 970.476.1987 for this and other market updates.