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Utah State University

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5-1-2008

Fundamentals of Mountain Resort Base Village Design: A Critical Review of Existing Resort Developments with Recommendations for Future Development Practices Bryan P. Harding
Utah State University

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FUNDAMENTALS OF MOUNTAIN RESORT BASE VILLAGE DESIGN: A CRITICAL REVIEW OF EXISTING RESORT DEVELOPMENTS WITH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES

by

Bryan P. Harding

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Approved:

_____________________ Dave Bell Major Professor

_____________________ John Nicholson Committee Member

_____________________ Tamara Shapiro Committee Member

_____________________ Byron R. Burnham Dean of Graduate Studies

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY Logan, Utah 2006

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Copyright © Bryan Harding 2006 All Rights Reserved

iii ABSTRACT

Fundamentals of Mountain Resort Base Village Design: A Critical Review of Existing Resort Developments with Recommendations for Future Development Practices

by

Bryan P. Harding, Master of Landscape Architecture Utah State University, 2006

Major Professor: David Bell Department: Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

The North American ski industry has grown over the past century from a small, family-owned and -operated industry, to a multi-billion dollar industry dominated by corporate management organizations. The rise of corporate resort ownership has led to the trend of the construction base village developments at ski resorts around the country to attract guests, and therefore revenue, to their resorts. Though many base villages have been very successful in attracting skiers, examples of poor landscape architectural design practices abound in the industry. This study examines several design elements considered to be the “fundamental elements of designed space,” applies these elements to base village design throughout the country, critically examines their implementation in built examples, and presents suggestions and recommendations for future mountain resort base village design practices. (111 pages)

iv ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The completion of this thesis will be a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, but in the end, it has proven to be the stepping stone I hoped it would, accelerating my career to the next level and helping me to break into the mountain resort planning industry. I am grateful to my thesis committee, Dave Bell, Tamara Shapiro, and John Nicholson, for their endless insight, advice, patience, and trust in me to complete this study. I owe special thanks to John Ellsworth for his attention to detail and

willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to help his students. Of course, I would never be where I am today without my family, who taught me to think big, never accept “no” for an answer, and to follow my dreams, no matter how far from home they may take me. Special thanks as well and a big treat are deserved by my dog Mosely, who, though she slept through most of this thesis, was always there to offer her support through two years of school far from home. Finally, I am indebted to the sport of skiing, a sport and passion that has changed my life since my first turn on snow in January of 1990.

Bryan...
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