Real estate briefs: Jamie Alperin to open Dietary Designs in town

Jamie Alperin, a registered dietitian, recently has moved to Steamboat Springs to open her own private practice, Dietary Designs. 

The office is located at 1104 Lincoln Ave Suite 108 (the back entrance of Steamboat Yoga, Pilates, & Fitness).

Alperin said her practice is heavily science-based and includes a full body composition analysis, metabolic testing and nutrition counseling for each of her clients.

Alperin will lead grocery store tours throughout the holidays, emphasizing healthy choices and thrifty shopping. Visit www.steamboatdietarydesigns.com for more information.

A-Basin gets the 1st OK for extreme terrain plan

The Associated Press

The U.S. Forest Service has accepted Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s master plan upgrades, including lift skiing in The Beavers backcountry area.

The long-term development plan accepted Wednesday includes skiing in the dangerous steeps beyond the resort’s operating boundary. The plan would add more than 400 backcountry acres served by lifts.

According to the Summit Daily, the acceptance kicks off the permitting process, requiring ski area officials to complete an environmental impact study.

Vail ski area’s gondola coming together nicely

The Vail Daily reported that the Vail ski area’s new gondola, with its 10-passenger cars, has come together quickly since a helicopter flew in the lift towers just two weeks ago. The new gondola replaces the old Vista Bahn gondola and will offer the passengers wireless access.

Vail Daily Assistant managing Editor Laura Glendenning’s story follows:

Since then, the base and upper terminals have taken shape and Vail Mountain’s stated opening date of Nov. 16 now seems more like a reality.

It always was reality for Clyde Wiessner, Vail’s lift maintenance director, even as some questioned the pace of construction late summer. What didn’t look like much progress to passersby always was on track for opening day, it’s just that the visual progress has sped up in recent weeks.

Wiessner and Lift Maintenance Manager Scott Geno Leslie and Electrical Engineer Todd Ruoff showed off the gondola this week, giving local media a tour of the base area, cabin cars and Mid-Vail terminal.

The guys are proud of Vail’s newest addition. They point out the most technical details about its construction and technology from the tires and belts that speed up and slow down the cars through the terminals to the amount of power it takes to run it. The gondola is truly state-of-the-art, Ruoff said.

A cabin car now is on display at the base area for folks to check out and sit in, putting into perspective how the relatively narrow cars will seat 10 people comfortably and haul as many as 3,600 people per hour up the mountain, a 40 percent increase in uphill capacity when compared to the former Vista Bahn chairlift.

Two rows of five face each other in the cabin. The goal is to fit all of the ski and snowboard gear on the outside, too, leaving more space on the inside, Wiessner said.

The cabins can carry eight snowboards and 10 pairs of skis, so the only time anyone will have to carry gear inside the gondola car is when there are more than eight snowboarders riding at once.

The new gondola isn’t going to be housed inside a building at the base or upper terminals like the Eagle Bahn gondola in Lionshead. The base terminal looks like a regular chairlift terminal, as does the upper terminal at Mid Vail.

Crews have constructed a roughly 17,000-square-foot building to the west of the Mid Vail building and upper terminal, though, to store the gondola cars each night.

At the terminals, roughly 11 cabins will be in the terminal at a time from end to end, with loading and unloading happening on both ends.

LED lights on each cabin will make the lift line look like a “string of pearls,” Wiessner said, while discreet Wi-Fi towers located along the lift line will give guests wireless Internet access for the roughly 7-minute ride to the top.

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