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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Does anyone have a list of prominent, respected and/or experienced mountain resort/ski area planners & designers?  Who is the current cream-of-the-crop, or at least influential ski area designers?

 

Thanks!

 

 

post #2 of 12

Jack Johnson Company and the SE Group (Sno Engineering) are two that I know of. Why, are you building a new ski resort?

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

I'm not building a resort, but a friend is involved wiith a potential resurrection of an area in Italy and was asking about resort planner/designers.

post #4 of 12

I do know that during the late 80's and all thru the 90's, Vail supplied a great number of people to assist in the development of several large areas in Japan. Not sure if they still 'contract' out what ever expertise they seem to think they have, or not.

 

But I would suggest that your friend(s) get in touch with the managers of the various areas whom they seem to think have it together, and ask whether such assistance is available. Never hurts to ask!

post #5 of 12

I saw this amazing resort in Europe (on Telemarktips, can't find it now) where the roof was designed as a ski slope that you could get out of your room and ski down to the lifts. Very futuristic, but blending in beautifully to the environment.

post #6 of 12

As far as laying out ski runs & lift placement go, Bernhard Russi layed out a lot of runs at my home resort, as well as many Olympic & WC downhills.  He has been around, & has a lot of experience.

JF

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thank You Everyone! I appreciate the efforts...

 

Cheers,

 

- Eric

post #8 of 12

You didn't exactly specify what you were designing.  On mountain trails?  On mountain amenities?  Base area commercial?  Base area residential?  All of that?

 

Regardless of what you're building, the first thing to do is NOT go out and start cutting trails and such.  I'd start with hiring RRC out of Denver and figure capacity - what you have now and where you want to end up.  They can crunch all the numbers to tell you all of the things you don't know (lift capacity, lodging beds/doors, commercial square footage, acreage.)

post #9 of 12

 Yeah, I am curious as well!

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You didn't exactly specify what you were designing.  On mountain trails?  On mountain amenities?  Base area commercial?  Base area residential?  All of that?

 

Regardless of what you're building, the first thing to do is NOT go out and start cutting trails and such.  I'd start with hiring RRC out of Denver and figure capacity - what you have now and where you want to end up.  They can crunch all the numbers to tell you all of the things you don't know (lift capacity, lodging beds/doors, commercial square footage, acreage.)



 

post #10 of 12

What's the resort called in italy?

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

My freind is involved in real estate financing and there is an opportunity for a good buy on an Italian resort (he would not tell me the name of it or the exact location) in need of some modernizing and with a good potential for a small base village rebuild and I think he was trying to scout out profressional resort designer/developers perhaps for a strategy and financing study...That's really all I know at this point....

post #12 of 12

Sella in the Julian Alps?  The description sounds like it.

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