On Thursday, Vail Resorts will host a ceremony to commemorate the opening of First Chair, the new employee housing project located in Lionshead.
The ceremony will fall in line with an Earth Month celebration, so the party will kick off a three-day effort to recycle ski and snowboard equipment and memories.
In addition to Vail Resorts, Speciality Sports Venture and the Vail’s Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum will also be on hand for the celebration. The employee housing project will be a four-story building with 124 beds of employee housing in three and four bedroom units. It should open next year at the southern end of the pedestrian bridge that crosses Interstate 70. The building will have parking, skier drop-off spaces, and new snow-melted pedestrian walkways along the south and east sides of the project.
Here’s Susie Tjossem, executive director of the Colorado Ski Museum, discussing the Earth Month recycling event: “We’re encouraging people to recycle their memories as well as help build the museum’s collection of artifacts,” said Tjossem, who is also a member of the Vail Town Council. “We’re preparing for Vail’s 50th Anniversary in 2012 and the museum is looking for unique items that represent Vail’s history — photos, equipment, unusual or stylish ski wear — and stories about Vail’s residents and their accomplishments.”