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DENVER-Six companies responded to Denver’s request for qualifications (RFQ) to work with the city in a joint venture development of the Winter Park ski resort. Mayor Wellington Webb decided to pursue the JV route, rather than an outright sale of the ski resort west of the city.

Four of the developers that responded already have a strong presence in Colorado. They include Grand Elk LLC, developers of the $420-million Grand Elk mixed-use development in the town of Granby.

“We could turn Winter Park into a true, year-round resort development,” Jerry Jones, a principal of Grand Elk tells GlobeSt.com. Jones who, along with fellow developers Larry Martin, Donald Heller and Rich Barnes, are partners with the real estate arm of Legg Mason, which made more than $1 billion in investments in real estate developments last year.

Others responding to the RFQ include:

* East West Partners, which is funded by Dallas-based Crescent Real Estate. It has developed more than $1 billion in projects in Colorado during the past five years and is in the midst of multi-billion luxury condo projects in Denver’s Central Platte Valley. “We decided to throw our hat into the ring,” Harry Frampton, a principal of East West Partners tells GlobeSt.com. “We have to get more information and find out if this can make sense for us and make sense for the city. It’s too early to assign any numbers to it. We don’t have enough information.”

* Houston-based Hines Development. In Colorado, Hines developed the new $230-million Aspen Highlands village, the 550-acre River Valley Ranch in Carbondale, and the Zephyr Mountain Lodge at the base of Winter Park.

* Intrawest Corp. of Vancouver, BC. It owns 10 mountain resorts in North America, including Copper Mountain in Colorado. It is involved in a $500-million development and expansion at Copper Mountain.

* Powder Corp., based in Park City, UT. It is owned by the Utah-based Cumming family. Its flagship property is Park City. It also owns Mount Bachelor in Oregon and Alpine Meadows, Boreal and Soda Springs ski areas in California.

* Okemo Mountain Resort owns the 520-acre ski resort in Vermont. It has $100 million in improvements underway in its resort, which is owned by Tim and Diane Mueller.

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