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Vail, CO Nov. 18–Vail Resorts announced that it intends to explore the possibility of a land conservation strategy as the best alternative for disposition of all or most of the Gilman property, a 6,000-acre private parcel between Minturn and Red Cliff that Vail has a 50 percent option to develop. (The remaining 50 percent is owned by Turkey Creek LLC, an entity not affiliated with Vail.)
According to an article in last week’s Vail Trail, Jonathan Staufer, a Vail businessman and long-time vocal opponent of Category III, stated that, “whether we like or not, ski area expansions are environmentallydamaging…the fact that Vail Resorts is now in negotiations with the Land Trust is a further step , because they realized that if they develop anything on that tract, they’re going to have a revolution.”
Vail President Andy Daly said, “Vail Resorts is delighted to be able to begin to consider an open space possibility for the property…The company sees it as an objective that has obvious benefits for everyone concerned.”