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Hoofin’ it is over

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily news

BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge Ski Resort will open its new skier bridge a year early, thanks to a heaping dose of early season snowfall and an ambitious construction schedule.The Skyway Skiway opens Friday and will serve as a link for Breckenridge skiers and riders from Peak 8 to the free skier parking lots. The Skyway Skiway will also provide ski-in access to the Mountain Thunder Lodge and Townhomes. The resort originally planned to complete the bridge construction in time for the 2006-2007 season, but construction crews worked into the fall to complete the project a year early. “Who couldn’t be happy?” said Breckenridge Mayor Ernie Blake. “It was a commitment the ski area made, but they’re beating the commitment and they’re beating the commitment because the real estate market is really so good.”Pre-sales from Mountain Thunder Lodge Phase II allowed Vail Resorts Development Company to begin building the Skyway Skiway two years earlier than planned.All 34 units were sold by September, said Alex Iskenderian, vice president of development for Vail Resorts Development Company.Blake said he appreciated Vail Resorts dedicating some proceeds from the sale of Mountain Thunder to an amenity that will also benefit the town, when the company could have put the money in another location.”The Skyway Skiway is an example of the ski resort and the town working together to better meet the needs of our guests including easier access from the mountain to the parking lots and Main Street,” said Roger McCarthy, chief operating officer for Breckenridge and Keystone.In May 2002, the town of Breckenridge and Breckenridge Ski Resort signed a landmark agreement outlining a development plan for Peaks 7 and 8 designed to uphold both the resort town’s world-class stature and quality of life. The construction and completion of the Skyway Skiway is an integral part of implementing the agreement.”With its completion, we are one step closer to making the Peak 7 and Peak 8 villages a reality,” Iskenderian said.The resort still needs to put in snowmaking on the Skyway Skiway next summer.Plentiful early season snowfall also allowed the resort to open its new Imperial Express SuperChair more than one month early. Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 13625, or at nformosa@summitdaily.comThe Skyway Skiway ribbon cutting will take place at the head of the new skier bridge at 10 a.m. Friday. To get there via Peak 8, take 4 O’Clock ski run down to the Skyway Skiway.