Making a change in plans

Once a high rise, Ski Trail 8 scaled back to fewer units

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— It took six tries before the developers of Ski Trail 8 found the best plan for one of the last undeveloped ski-in, ski-out properties in Steamboat Springs.

Working with ski trail easements, gondola easements and a hillside, Ski Trail 8, LLC, decided a triplex and duplex combo would work best for the property, which is nestled under the gondola between Chateau Chamonix and Blear Claw Condominiums on Ski Trail Lane.

The development is much smaller than what was originally proposed for the site. City Planning Commission gave it favorable reviews earlier this month.

Five locals purchased the property last year and decided to discard plans for a high-rise building that was approved in 1980. Instead, they wanted to build something that felt like a large, ski-in, ski-out home.

"We always felt that was too large of a building for that neighborhood. We would like to see it compatible with the neighboring condos," said Todd Asbury, who is marketing the project through Steamboat Village Brokers.

The change in plans means a lower density in the mountain area, but it is a trade-off the planning commission was willing to accept.

Architectural drawings, which were done by Eric Smith Associates, show four-story buildings, including a garage, sided with wood, stucco and stone veneer to blend into the hillside. Each unit would have four bedrooms and four baths.

Each deck would have its own hot tub and every unit would have its own ski room, locker room and private elevator, Asbury said.

Asbury said it was too early to give a price on the five units, but he did say they would carry premium prices and be well over the $1 million mark.

The high-end features of private ski rooms and locker rooms, Asbury said, have yet to come to Steamboat.

And then there's the location.

"It is the most ski-in and ski-out property other than the Bear Claw units. It is right on the slopes," said David Baldinger Jr., managing broker for Steamboat Village Brokers.

The builder is Amaron Folkestad General Contractors; a company that has built high-end homes in Dakota Ridge and the Sanctuary.

Construction will be contingent on the planning process and the economy, but it could start as early as this summer, Asbury said.

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