Thursday, December 28, 2000
Steamboat Springs Ski Patrol headquarters at the Christie Base isn't going anywhere this winter despite construction activity in the neighborhood.
But the days of the Christie Base in its current location are numbered.
Steamboat Ski Area spokesman Mike Lane confirmed the site of Christie Base, at the upper end of Ski Time Square, occupies a parcel slated for new condominiums.
Two local men, Jon Peddie and Ken Gold, plan to build phase three of their Christie Club condominium project where Ski Patrol headquarters now stands at the bottom of the two Christie chairlifts.
The Ski Patrol facility is a critical one it's the point where injured skiers are picked up for transport to the Yampa Valley Medical Center.
"Ski Patrol headquarters will remain where it is this winter, and after we close for the season, we'll be looking for a new location," Lane said. "We need to make sure it works for everyone."
Changes are already in progress in the vicinity of Christie Base the old vehicle turnaround used by the city's SST buses has shifted to the southwest to make room for Christie Club.
The new turnaround occupies a parcel of land owned by Ken Rottner next to the Thunderhead condominiums. That parcel had previously been used as a day skier parking lot.
There are not development plans in place for Rottner's parcel at this time. Although the new turnaround is temporary, City Manager Paul Hughes has said it will need to remain in place until a new transit and private vehicle turnaround can be developed somewhere lower in Ski Time Square.
That alternative transit turnaround is required by the city's Mountain Town Sub-Area Plan, and merchants in Ski Time Square are eagerly pushing for its creation. They say most mountain ski villages drop transit passengers off a short distance from the ski lifts, so skiers must walk by their shops to get to the facilities.
Peddie and Gold have formed a separate entity from the original developers of the existing Christie Club condominiums.
The Christie Club was originally approved by the city in 1994 and the first phase, consisting of two buildings, was completed. The original property is managed as a luxury interval ownership development.
Peddie said his new building will not be managed the same way. The new Christy Club building will be wholly owned.
The Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously Sept. 19 to approve a revised major development permit for Peddie and Gold's Christie Club Building D. That revision will allow Peddie and Gold to reduce the number of units in the building from 25 to 18, while increasing the size of the individual units.
The new building, arranged in two wings in a V shape, will be one unit deep, with two two-story units stacked one atop another.