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Air conditioning now standard

VAIL, Colo. – Do you remember when air conditioning in a mountain town was as unseemly as high heels?

They’re both showing up more frequently, especially the air conditioning. In Vail, elevation 8,150 feet, it has now become standard for hotel rooms. That means that whenever an older property has an upgrade, the gussied-up rooms also have air conditioning.

One argument for air conditioning is that nearby Interstate 70 is increasingly noisy, making it less soothing to open windows to let in cool mountain breezes. Another argument is that it’s just flat-out hotter during summer than it used to be. And finally, guests are more finicky, less forgiving.

Among those hotels where A-C is standard is the 292-room Vail Cascade Resort and Spa. A $30 million upgrade is also to yield 42-inch flat-screen TVs and cordless phones, as well as bed-side controls for raising and lowering the shades.