Vail is an alpine village in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. With more than 5,200 acres of terrain, it is one of the largest ski resorts in the world. The area hosts concerts and music festivals for large audiences year round. Almost two million visitors from all over the world flock the area annually to enjoy the resort’s luxurious amenities and Colorado’s alpine powder snow.
Details such as security, capacity-rich Wi-Fi and also environmental aesthetics are of utmost importance to residents and visitors alike. With social events taking place simultaneously in multiple locations, maintaining connectivity as well as communication between first responders, volunteers, and town officials is complicated but essential to ensure the safety of the public. The town has underground fiber infrastructure which connects the town buildings (city hall, visitor center, fire dept.), parking lot machines and surveillance cameras, and delivers high speed public Wi-Fi. Vail also has a pavement heating system under the main sidewalks. All of these pose challenges when considering expanding connectivity via traditional wireline or fiber trenching.