The warm end to autumn was not favorable for most of Vail Mountain, but it was welcomed at the Golden Peak construction site.
The new clubhouse currently being built for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail has brought a level of slopeside development to Vail unseen in town for more than a decade. When the $28 million project is completed, it will provide the type of amenity one might expect from the club that produced Lindsey Vonn and attracts national teams from around the world to town every fall to train on its skiing surface.
For now, though, it’s a construction site, and one that seems to have benefited from the same conditions that caused that November training to see delays and cancellations this season.
Local contractor Viele Construction is building the 16,000-square-foot facility.
“We obviously got lucky with the weather,” David Viele said. “We ran into a couple unforeseen conditions with existing utilities that, because of the weather, we were able to absorb into our schedule.”
Viele is himself a Ski & Snowboard Club Vail alumnus and has taken a close interest in the project.
“Ski Club Vail is very near and dear to my heart, and I take this project very personal,” he said.
The foundation of the five-story building is being installed using the precast method, where the concrete is cured in a different location and transported to the construction site. …