Lindholm, MTN, Uncle Sam, Eagle-Vail & Beaver Creek
Buried in this week's Senate Land Use Bill is a provision that answers the question of just how much Lame Duck Pork does it "take" (by abusing Eminent Domain) to Condemn a Lift Corridor from Lindholm's land next to the railroad tracks in East Avon across the 11th and 10th holes of the Eagle-Vail Golf Course and up the ridge in order to create a "Mass Transit/Infrastructure" based portal to Beaver Creek. It looks like Eagle-Vail, particularly the homeowners surrounding the 10th green and adjacent to the 11th tee will be getting the Big Shaft(s), i.e. 100 foot tall Lift Towers. If the lift actually touched down to load Eagle-Vail residents and make the community truly "Ski In-Ski Out", that would be one thing... But this lift BYPASSES Eagle-Vail, Forever ensuring it will NEVER fulfill it's Winter Sports potential. Shame on Vail Resorts and Uncle Sam for this. Sounds like Government Sanctioned RACKETEERING to me!
Now we know why MTN bought Heavenly Valley, which straddles the California-Nevada border. This aquisition got V.R. instant access to this month's Reid & Pelosi Pork Parade, which takes place, coincidently, just a month to the day after the Statute of Limitations expires for the Vail Fires 10 years ago. And if you think this corrupt corporation isn't arrogant enough, if not criminal, Surveyor's Markings for this government-enabled Gondola were already in the ground last Summer! Now That's CHUTZPAH!
Ultimately, it's all part of a Land Grab for a 2018 Olympics Bid. One thing is certain: Vail Resorts can't pay for it and their banks won't lend them another dime, hence the Government Subsidy. On a related note, with the stock price back to IPO levels, is MTN already in Default of their Loan Covenants?Meanwhile, Lindholm's lawsuit against the Town of Avon sets the stage for some very interesting Back Room, "Negotiations". Too bad that the General Public, the "Little People", won't have Any Input!