Lazy Lizard opens at Copper |

Lazy Lizard opens at Copper

Summit Daily/Kim MarquisPeak Performance Copier & Supply owner Alan Warholoski received an award two years running for annual sales and performance.

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Copper Mountain’s largest restaurant will open under new ownership Saturday in the New Village.The Lazy Lizard Restaurant and Cantina is the third restaurant to open in the highly visible, 6,300-square-foot location at the base of the American Eagle and American Flyer lifts on Burning Stones Plaza.The space was formerly held by the ill-fated Indian Motorcycle Cafe and the resort’s own Tuscan Cafe, a placeholder business for last ski season.Resort spokeswoman Kaitlin Hill said officials are “ecstatic” that Robert Coleman is opening the new bar and dining room at Copper.Coleman also owns Alexander’s on the Creek, a fine-dining restaurant located in the Passage Point building.The Lazy Lizard will open Saturday at 11 a.m. for lunch, aprés ski and dinner with a Tex-Mex menu that features margaritas and a string of imported Mexican beer.”It’s a place to have a fun, wild time, eat lunch or dinner and have margaritas and beer,” Coleman said.

The establishment is a far cry from the original high-end restaurant, locally known as “The Motorcycle.” Coleman opened up the entryway for views of the ski slopes, painted the walls in pink and purple and installed several televisions in an effort to offer a lively atmosphere for ski crowds. “It will be a party atmosphere with interactive games, an MC every night and scheduled music,” Hill said.Dinner will be served until 10 p.m., and the bar will stay open later.Peak Performance wins for performanceSILVERTHORNE – Peak Performance Copier & Supply recently received top honors for its annual sales and performance.This marks the second year in a row the company, owned by Alan Warholoski, received the award.

The local company received the honor from Savin, a Japan-based corporation that makes copiers and other office supplies, for overall customer service and sales.Warholoski, who opened Peak Performance 10 years ago, serves more than 1,200 customers in Grand, Park, Eagle, Pitkin and Summit counties. Warholoski said the company is the only Savin supplier in the country that reports zero customer complaints to the parent company. His staff is able to achieve such high customer satisfaction by being proactive in its service.Peak Performance employs 10 people, including a full-time network administrator and five technicians.Keystone racks up awardsKEYSTONE – Keystone Resort and Conference center collected four of the industry’s top awards this year.

The resort took home the Gold Key Award from”Meetings & Conventions” magazine, Best of the West Award from “Meetings West” magazine, the Award of Excellence from Corporate & Incentive Travel and the Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings.The company also received the Planners Choice Award from “Meeting News” magazine and the Platinum Choice Award from “Smart Meetings” magazine. The awards are chosen by industry leaders and meeting planners based on the property’s service, quality of meeting rooms, ambiance, quality of food and beverage service, overall experience, quality of lodging technical support and recreational amenities and activities.Intrawest acquires Alpine HelicoptersCOPPER MOUNTAIN – Intrawest Corp., owner of Copper Mountain Resort, announced Thursday it acquired the remaining 55 percent interest that it did not already own of Alpine Helicopters Ltd., the parent company of Canadian Mountain Holidays heli-skiing and heli-hiking operations.”We have been extremely happy with our original investment,” said Joe Houssain, company chairman, president and chief executive officer. With 12 locations, Alpine provides more than half of the heli-skiing visits in Canada.

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