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Vail Resorts is poor partner in trying to patch relationship

David P. Reeb - Quicksilver property owner, Keystone

The invitation to the freestyle training center party arrived too late.

Ken and Linda Sawyer, who identify themselves as the key proponents behind the proposed freestyle training center at the tennis center in Keystone, recently wrote in the Summit Daily News that the center would be a good neighbor.

They also invited interested neighbors to join an advisory panel. But how should a late party invitation unaccompanied by an explanation or apology for its lateness be interpreted? You decide.

The Sawyers state, “Many of the issues raised in the public forums can be addressed by a combination of smart design and careful management.”

Yes, careful management is a reasonably sound predictor of project success. But Vail Resorts is the Sawyers’ partner in the training center.

And Vail Resorts’ poor communication, planning aloofness and arrogant attitude toward both Tennis Townhome and Quicksilver homeowners has displayed anything but careful community relations management.

No amount of smart design now can compensate, comfort or console we homeowners given this demonstrated poor management by the Sawyers’ partner, namely Vail Resorts.

In a guest commentary published in the Summit Daily News Labor Day weekend it was suggested, in light of the growing furor over the proposed location for the center, that the Snake River Planning Commission request the formation of an advisory body composed of homeowners and Vail management before the commission made any zoning decisions related to the freestyle center.

And even more importantly, had Vail Resorts assembled an advisory panel composed of adjoining homeowners last May when the center was first conceived, much of the current rancor and now probable litigation could have been avoided.

Had the invitation to the center party been extended to Tennis Townhomes and Quicksilver property owners last May, we would have come to that party.

David P. Reeb

Quicksilver property owner


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