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Vail Mountain Comprehensive Master Planning


With 5,289 skiable acres, Vail is the largest and most recognized ski resort in the United States. Vail consists of nearly 200 trails, 32 lifts, 10 back bowls, 4 terrain parks and 4 villages. Mike Larson, Mountainworks principal and founding partner, worked as part of Vail's operation team and later as the internal director of resort planning and development.  During this time he was responsible for the master planning, government (forest service) approval, design documentation, project budgeting, field layout, construction oversight, and post-completion evaluation of all resort projects.  In addition to the planning for countless trail, lift and infrastructure improvements, The crowning achievement was the comprehensive design of the 500 acre Blue Sky Basin (Intermediate gladed terrain) expansion in 2000.


  • Oversight in the planning and operation of over 200 trails, 32 lifts, 10 back bowls, 4 terrain parks and 4 villages.
  • Master planning, site design, and implementation of over a thousand acres of trail construction and multiple lift installations, which included the complete development of Blue Sky Basin.
  • Design and coordination of Vail's Adventure Ridge, a new concept in alternate non-skiing and summer activities.




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Projects: Blue Sky Basin  /  Adventure Ridge

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