Vail properties have seen some pretty major changes throughout the past summer, with a supposed $300 million worth of improvements taking place across all of the management company’s resorts. Lift changes, snowmaking improvements, and general base area upgrades have covered resorts across the country, and Keystone is no exception.
Keystone faced some trouble earlier this summer after construction on their planned Bergman Bowl lift was delayed due to mistakes committed by the third-party construction crew working in the high-alpine tundra region. But Keystone’s attempts at improvements haven’t all been halted, and teams just recently broke ground on the mountains newest base improvements.
These improvement mainly focus on a village extension, bringing significant amenity improvements right next to Keystone’s base gondola. Known as Kindred at Keystone Resort, the new village area will feature a luxury ski in/ski out hotel, 95 condominiums, two restaurants, a ski school, a rental shop, a spa, and much more.
Construction on the project will continue throughout the ski season, and the parking lot once allowing skiers to park next to the gondola is now unavailable.
This is obviously not a project for the ski bums. Prices for the hotel are currently unknown, but I’m quite willing to assume that it won’t be cheap. The ski club located in the village is for owners only, so it’s not likely any of us will be members any time soon, and I’m willing to bet the restaurant’s won’t be “living off summer construction earnings” cheap. That being said, Keystone isn’t (at least from what I’ve seen and experienced) much of a ski bum mountain. It’s family friendly and doesn’t feature the most insane terrain in Colorado. So does this improvement upset me? No, personally, it doesn’t. Do I think it will affect me? No, it won’t, but I think it’s exciting for those who might want that luxury, so I think it’s neat.
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