Private ski resort touts benefits


A private ski resort will provide more benefits than "negatives" for Minturn residents, said Bill Weber, senior vice president of the Ginn Development Co.

"I feel very confident that the pluses far exceed the minuses," Weber said at a Minturn Town Council meeting Wednesday.

Ginn wants to build 1,700 homes and condominiums and a private ski resort and golf course on and around Battle Mountain, south of Minturn. Town councilors are expected to vote on whether to annex Ginn's property into Minturn before an upcoming Minturn Town Council election in April.

At the past few Minturn Town Council meetings, Ginn has presented its response to questions and comments made by Minturn town councilors. Weber did not explain what he meant by "negatives" Wednesday night, but he pointed out several benefits for Minturn and Red Cliff residents if Ginn's development were approved.

Employment, housing

Ginn has a number of good jobs available and many of its employees will come from Minturn and Red Cliff, Weber said.

Ginn would house 50 percent of its employees - no matter how many it hires - in Minturn and Red Cliff, said Dominic Mauriello, planner for Ginn. If it had to, Ginn also has enough space to house the employees on its property, Mauriello said.

At first, Ginn said it would house 40 percent of its employees, but added the extra 10 percent after town councilors asked for more.

Ginn does not lay off its employees when the ski season ends, Weber said.

"We have never laid people off," Weber said. "We have never had seasonal employees."

Ginn will employ workers full-time, year-round and will give them benefits such as health insurance, 401(k) and profit-sharing, Ginn officials said.

Workers will be paid a higher than normal wage because they don't rely on tips for income, Weber said.

For workers who want to buy homes in the valley, Ginn will give loan and down-payment assistance and will sell and will rent "deed-restricted" housing, Ginn officials said.

Lower taxes, mill levy Minturn also will get $6 million in tax revenue the second year after councilors approve the project and $6 million to $10 million each year after five years, Mauriello said.

Minturn could lower its taxes and mill levy, improve its parks and hire more town staffers to provide more services for residents, he said.

"Those new revenues really give the town an opportunity to maybe do some things that it couldn't do before," Mauriello said.

Access to public property

Ginn will provide guided hunting on Battle Mountain for Minturn and Red Cliff residents though it has not worked out the details yet, Ginn officials said.

Ginn also will build and pay for a seven-mile public, paved bike path across Ginn's property from Bolts Lake, south of Minturn, to Red Cliff, according to Ginn's presentation.

Anyone may continue to use Tigiwon and Shrine Pass roads, which run through Ginn's property, according to the presentation.

Ski golf, pass

For $50, Minturn and Red Cliff residents can ski a total of 30 days each ski season, with a minimum of 10 days on weekends and holidays and at least three days each month during the ski season, Mauriello said.

With the pass, residents can golf 15 days, but must pay greens fees that will be competitive with local courses, he said.

Residents can use Ginn's pools, meeting halls and can shop at retail businesses such as restaurants and ski shops, Ginn officials said.


steamboatsconscience 9 years, 3 months ago

knowitall why dont you just go away too and take sbore with you!

on topic this sounds like a model that the 700 boys should look at


2007 9 years, 3 months ago

I have never heard of Minturn. I had to Google it to learn it is in Colorado between Vail and Beaver Creek.


steamboatsconscience 9 years, 3 months ago

kit well unless you are a Ute, you are a transplant too. I have lived in Colorado for 35 years both here and Grand County and elsewhere and I know where Minturn is. What makes you think that 700 wont be annexed into the city in the future>? they would get all that free Socialist stuff the city would provide, as sbore would say.


letomayo 9 years, 3 months ago

stbtcon and kia, you should be PROUD being born here in Colorado! Good thing your ansesters were around first otherwise you could be so proud! What a "post" (pun not intended) to hang your hat on!


portagetheyampa 9 years, 3 months ago

All this great stuff(housing, jobs, 401(k), year round employment and a $50 ski pass. When it sounds too good to be true, it probaby is...for the employees!!


oofcboy 9 years, 3 months ago

You guys talk about the transpant things are harsh,I havent lived in col. all my life ,For four years I was in places like El salvador, Belise,Panama and getmo.But I like being back


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