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Wildhorse plans five-story hotel

— The developers of Wildhorse Meadows have approached the city with a plan to build a five-story condominium hotel.

Trailhead Lodge would include 90 condominium units. Plans also call for two smaller, but significant buildings, an “educational cultural building” and a “ranch house.” The site is adjacent to the ski area’s Meadows Parking Lot.

The condo hotel is one of two hotels the Steamboat Springs City Council recognized in the overall Wildhorse project when it voted in favor of the broad development plan July 25.

When all of the phases of Wildhorse are complete, it would include a single-family neighborhood and townhomes as well. Site preparation on the single-family neighborhood began this fall.

A people-mover gondola would link the development with Gondola plaza at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Wildhorse developers expressed their satisfaction in October when they sold 32 of the 41 single-family lots for a total of $16 million.

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Now, the development group, Resort Ventures West, is seeking a final development permit that would allow it to break ground on the 172,500-square-foot condo hotel building next summer.

Trailhead Lodge represents the first vertical construction in the project.

“We would like to kick off with grading and excavation work in May or June,” Project Manager Mariana Ishida said. “It’s an ambitious schedule but we think it’s doable.”

Resort Ventures West Vice President Brent Pearson previously told the Steamboat Pilot & Today that all of the financing for the hotel project is in place.

Ishida worked with Pearson and Resort Ventures West President David Hill during a nine-year career with Canadian resort village developer Intrawest.

She was involved in work on a new master plan for Copper Mountain and with the Village at Mammoth project at Mammoth, Calif.

Trailhead Lodge will have another strong tie to Intrawest. The design architect, Raymond Letkeman, was the visionary for buildings in the base villages at Blackcomb, British Columbia, Winter Park and Snowmass. Oz Architecture of Denver, which has worked on multi-family residential projects in Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Snowmass, Keystone and Northstar, Calif., also is involved.

Plans at Trailhead Lodge call for a wide variety of condo units beginning with eight studio condos of fewer than 500 square feet. Of the 90 total condos, 72 are one- and two-bedroom units. The largest would be three-and four bedroom condos from 1,538 to 2,304 square feet.

Although the condos have familiar condominium floor plans, the five floors of the building closely resemble a hotel. Entry doors are “double loaded” on both sides of hallways reached by stairs and elevators.

The building is designed in an angular “C” shape with the open side of the C oriented to the southeast, in the direction of the Eagleridge subdivision. The lobby entrance is in the western elevation.

The architectural design team has utilized a variety of techniques to mitigate the mass of the building.

The cultural educational building (2,226 square feet) is at one end, and the “ranch house,” with large expanses of glass, (1,258 square feet) is at another. In elevation drawings, the two smaller buildings help to visually break up the impact of the larger building.

Ishida said the two smaller buildings would come in a later phase of the development.

The cultural building is a public building and the ranch house is a private building supporting swimming pool and health club functions for owners.

The smaller buildings are shown as part of the hotel development permit because they will draw on the larger building for utilities, Ishida said.

However, they are meant to serve a larger group of owners and visitors as part of the larger plaza that will come later in the development with construction of the people-mover gondola.

Trailhead Lodge has just entered the public process and only a couple of preliminary discussions have been held with city staff, Ishida said.

No public hearings have been scheduled.