New 15-Year Contract Expected to Begin January
AVON, Colo., May 31, 2006 - Vail Resorts, Inc., (NYSE: MTN) announced
today that its subsidiary, Grand Teton Lodge Company (GTLC), has been selected
to continue as the concessionaire in Grand Teton National Park. GTLC will
be meeting with the National Park Service over the next several months
to finalize the 15-year contract, expected to begin on Jan. 1, 2007. GTLC
has held the concession contract for the past 54 years under two consecutive
contracts providing lodging, restaurants, activities and retail services.
"We are extremely pleased to have been selected to continue our concessionaire
services within Grand Teton National Park. We look forward to completing
the contract process and to continuing our long-term relationship with
the National Park Service," said Rob Katz, chief executive officer of Vail
Jenny Lake Lodge
Lake Lodge, situated at the foot of the Grand Tetons, is the perfect mountain
retreat for guest to relax in an atmosphere of rustic, yet elegant western
charm. A popular romantic get away, Jenny Lake Lodge offers exclusive
AAA Four-Diamond accommodations with 31 cabins and six suites located amid
the forest around the main lodge.
Known for its excellence in cuisine and service, Jenny Lake Lodge features
a five-course dinner and an extensive award-winning wine list. Breakfast,
dinner, horseback riding, and the use of bicycles are included in the room
rate, which begins at $475 per night. Jenny Lake Lodge is open from
June through early October.
Jenny Lake Lodge is within walking distance of three lakes – Jackson
Lake, Leigh Lake and Jenny Lake – each named with historical significance.
Some of the 37 cabins are also historical being part of the original dude
ranch, called the Danny Ranch, which was built on the property at the beginning
of the century. The cabins have a rustic but charming western ambiance
and are delightfully appointed with down comforters, handmade quilts and
organic cotton bathrobes. Telephones are available in the cabins,
but in keeping with the National Park setting, there are no televisions
or radios. Each cabin is self-contained with one or two beds and
a bathroom. The cabin’s porch provides a tranquil haven to enjoy
the sights and sounds of the area.
The Jenny Lake Dining Room offers a causally-elegant, prix-fixe five-course
dinner and an extensive award-winning wine list that has been recognized
by Wine Spectator. The menu is Rocky Mountain cuisine which translates
to American/French with some game and regional fare, and is served during
two seatings at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. A continental breakfast is
available from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in the lobby with the main breakfast
served in the dining room from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Lunch is
also served daily. Dinner reservations are required and jackets are
encouraged. Call 307-733-4647 for reservations.
Attentive service is one attribute that has Jenny Lake Lodge guests
returning year after year. From arranging an in-room massage to scheduling
the many activities available in Grand Teton National Park, Jenny Lake
Lodge’s concierge is available daily to assist guests during their stay.
Twice daily ice delivery to the cabins and nightly turn-down service are
a few of the amenities that guests receive. The Jenny Lake
Lodge Gift Shop offers gifts and apparel, as well as providing services
for guests of the lodge.
Originally known as the Danny Ranch, the lodge hosted 23 guests in its
first year in 1923. Original guests were mainly Easterners who had
the means and the adventuresome spirits to try the western life for a few
summer weeks. The ranch was renamed Jenny Lake Ranch in 1937, and
by 1942 the ranch’s guest capacity grew to 65. By 1949 Jenny Lake
Ranch was considered the top facility of the Grand Teton Lodge and Transportation
Company’s properties. After the 1951 season, its name was changed
to Jenny Lake Lodge. Prominent people such as Princess Grace of Monaco
and her family vacationed at the ranch. Today, Jenny Lake Lodge serves
host to a variety of guests annually.
With a mission to preserve, protect and inspire, Grand Teton Lodge Company
is the concessionaire in Grand Teton National Park operating the lodging,
restaurants, tours and activities at Jackson Lake Lodge, the four-diamond
Jenny Lake Lodge, and Colter Bay Village as well as Jackson Hole Golf &
Tennis Club which is located just outside the Park in Jackson, Wyo.
The company’s Envision program represents its commitment to a comprehensive
sustainability approach that preserves the environment, ensures quality
service, and provides for the health and safety of its guests and employees.
About Grand Teton Lodge Company
With a mission to preserve, protect and inspire, Grand Teton Lodge
Company is a concessionaire in Grand Teton National Park operating the
lodging, restaurants, retail, and activities at Jackson Lake Lodge, the
four-diamond Jenny Lake Lodge, and Colter Bay Village along with Jackson
Hole Golf & Tennis Club, which is located just outside the Park in
Jackson, Wyo. The company's Envision program represents its commitment
to a comprehensive systematic approach to sustainable business practices
that preserve the environment, ensure quality service, and provide for
the health and safety of its guests and employees. For more information
about Grand Teton Lodge Company, call (307) 543-3100 or visit www.gtlc.com/pr.
About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc. is the leading mountain resort operator in the United
States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail,
Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, Heavenly in California
and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The
Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages
casually elegant properties across the United States. Vail Resorts Development
Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary
of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on
the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN - News). The Vail Resorts company
website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.