The skiback |

The skiback

Peak 8 at Breckenridge is a wonderful place to launch and end a day at the ski resort. The inherent problem is that the base is not in the town and requires a bus or car trip up Ski Hill Road.Most people take the buses, not so much a problem in the morning but a bottleneck in the afternoon as people strive to get back to their vehicles in the day skier parking lots.A better visitor experience is in sight. Vail Resorts announced last week it would build a skiback this summer that will allow skiers and boarders to scoot down to the parking lots on their own power.The skiback is estimated to cost between $4 and $5 million. Vail Resorts is starting the project two years ahead of schedule, thanks to brisk presales of Mountain Thunder’s second phase.Vail Resorts board chairman and chief executive officer, Adam Aron, said a good reception for Mountain Thunder could mean two things, an accelerated skiback construction and a sign the real estate market is recovered.He called the recovery a strong signal for Vail Resorts’ next move, development of approved bases at Peaks 7 and 8 and the long-sought gondola.We congratulate Vail Resorts on the skiback decision and hope the chain of events lays the groundwork for the gondola to occur sooner than it’s planned, as well.

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