Resort potential being squandered at Keystone, Copper |

Resort potential being squandered at Keystone, Copper

Chuck LeathersChuck Leathers Real Estate Co. Frisco

Dave Newkirk’s letter of July 1 regarding Vail Resorts’ treatment of Precision Ski at Keystone was right on the money … as far as it went.The other issue is how killing competition at the River Run Village has worsened the huge commercial vacancy and turnover problem that already exists there.Condominium buyers were promised that River Run Village was supposed become a vibrant and active mountain village that would in turn attract more real estate buyers and renters and increase value. Most days of the year, including most of ski season, you could fire the proverbial cannon down the main drag at River Run with no casualties resulting. Vacant storefronts are not inviting and this is largely why values at River Run residential complexes have declined since the sales launch.If I were an owner at Silver Mill or Black Bear buildings, I’d be calling Vail Resorts to encourage some free enterprise and maybe get the place filled up, for once. Between Keystone and Copper Mountain, we have enough deserted movie set “villages” in Summit County. It’s too bad, because the potential for these places was huge and could still be realized if the resort owners would smarten up.

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