In Vail, housing shortage threatens America’s ski wonderland


              A chain-link fence marks the boundary of a contentious plot of land in Vail, Colo., on Oct. 25, 2022. For more than six years, Vail Resorts has been trying to build apartments for about 160 of its workers on the property called Booth Heights. Opponents say the project would encroach on the bighorn sheep herd that frequents the area. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)
            
              Karole Denning looks out the window of his 103-square-foot apartment in Minturn, Colo., on Oct. 25, 2022. Denning, who pays $900 a month in rent, commutes 10 minutes west to one job, at a radio station he runs out of the basement of a restaurant, and 20 minutes east to another job as a pizza chef. Minturn is a more affordable option for people who live near the ski resort town of Vail, which is about 5 miles to the east. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)
            
              Vail Mountain COO Beth Howard is interviewed in Vail, Colo., on Oct. 25, 2022. For more than six years, Vail Resorts has been trying to build apartments for about 160 of its workers on a property called Booth Heights. Opponents say the project would encroach on the bighorn sheep herd that frequents the area. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)
            
              A construction worker sweeps ice and debris from an unfinished floor of an affordable housing project in the ski resort town of Vail, Colo., on Oct. 25, 2022. The town offered Vail Resorts access to the 140-bed apartment complex instead of building workforce housing on a company-owned plot nearby. The resort has not accepted that deal, saying the city shouldn't be offering either-or propositions, but rather, trying to work with the resort to add as many affordable housing units as it can. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)
            
              A bighorn sheep roams a contentious plot of land in Vail, Colo., on Oct. 25, 2022. For more than six years, Vail Resorts has been trying to build apartments for about 160 of its workers on the property called Booth Heights. Opponents say the project would encroach on the sheep herd that frequents the area. (AP Photo/Eddie Pells)
            
              Houses dot a hillside in the ski resort town of Vail, Colo., on Oct. 25, 2022. A dearth of affordable housing threatens dozens of businesses that serve up food, fun and fashion for the thousands of visitors who converge on the area during ski season. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)
            
              Booth Heights, a contentious plot of land in Vail, Colo., is shown on Oct. 25, 2022. For more than six years, Vail Resorts has been trying to build apartments for about 160 of its workers on the property. Opponents say the project would encroach on the bighorn sheep herd that frequents the area. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)
            
              Upscale buildings are framed by a construction crane at an affordable housing project in Vail, Colo., on Oct. 25, 2022. The town offered Vail Resorts access to the upcoming 140-bed apartment complex instead of building workforce housing on a company owned plot nearby. The resort has not accepted that offer, saying the city should be trying to work with the resort to add as many affordable housing units as it can. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)
In Vail, housing shortage threatens America’s ski wonderland