Titanium, Snow, & Dirt - Materials & Elements Defining the Sport Hotel Open Access
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The mountain resort model has essentially remained unchanged since 1864, which exposes a disconnect between maneuvering the built environment and managing awkward sporting equipment. Hoteliers and resort developers have largely ignored the emotional and financial significance of the sporting equipment and its impact on the guest experience. Historically, lodging facilities are located near transportation hubs, and are largely dependent on automobile transportation. Further, interiors are frequently refurbished because of serious wear and tear from skis, boots, cleats and bicycles. Product research, manufacturer and expert interviews, and peer surveys inform a new design paradigm for the year-round mountain resort industry. This paradigm integrates equipment, accommodates storage and Maintenance, improves circulation, and employs appropriate interior finishes. The resulting concept features amenities that are guest-centric. A restorative element is integrated into the design. The proposed site is removed from the center of the congested resort towns of Summit county, Colorado with access to public transportation, which raises awareness of the possibility of a new resort hospitality model.