Monthly Archives: October 2014

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The What and Why of a Very Busy Summer

By all accounts, it was a very busy summer in Aspen and Snowmass, perhaps busier than people remember seeing it in many years. But how busy was it, and why? And will it be a continuing trend? We dove into some of the occupancy and sales tax data and spoke with reservations guru Bill Tomcich, president of Stay Aspen Snowmass, to bring you the following highlights, plus a summary of how the summer ended up and how the winter ahead is looking. Continue reading

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A Plan for Base Village

On October 15, Related Colorado met one of the first of nearly two dozen milestones when it submitted to the Town of Snowmass Village its long-awaited application for the completion of Base Village. The plan, which is technically a PUD amendment, details changes to the remainder of the partially built project from its original approvals in 2004.

In a nutshell, the proposal strives for more diversity in its product mix than what was originally intended, including a pure hotel and fractional units to be developed by two new partners. Below the labeled diagram, you’ll find all the details about this Base Village plan (based on what we know so far), as well as a timeline for it that stretches out to 2019. Continue reading

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A Story for the (Ice) Ages

It’s been four years since bulldozer operator Jesse Steele inadvertently scooped up a mammoth bone in a drained reservoir in Snowmass Village, leading to the discovery of one of the richest and most significant ice age sites in North America.

So what’s a community to do with this incredible find? Four years, two committees, two studies, one exhibit center, and hundreds of thousands of dollars later, the nonprofit organization that was created to take charge of Snowmass Discovery has a plan. A $10 million plan.

In the spirit of geologic time — and in case you haven’t been paying close attention to the sporadic news stories — here’s how the plan unfolded, and why the community should support it. Continue reading

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5 Buildings: A Look at Mark Hunt’s Plans for Aspen

Developer Mark Hunt recently released tentative plans for five properties he owns in downtown Aspen. The plans were informally reviewed — and generally praised — by Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission in September. Hunt, who with various investment groups has purchased about a dozen downtown properties in the last few years (for a collective $100 million or so), is expected to file official applications for the five properties soon. In the meantime, here’s a look — in before-and-after images — at what he’s proposing: two new affordable lodges and three purely retail properties, including the renovation of the historic Crystal Palace. Continue reading

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Winter is Coming: Why You Should Be Excited

The snowflakes fell soft and thick the first day of October, some of them as big as golf balls. The first in-town snow of the year always generates enthusiasm and dismay in Aspen (depending on what your seasonal preference is) — but we’d like to think there’s more excitement than anything else, or else we wouldn’t be able to call ourselves a ski town. While still in full fall glory, Aspen/Snowmass saw a dusting of new snow earlier this week on Bell Mountain and a blanketing of the upper slopes of Snowmass. Last week’s Indian summer turned this week to prime pre-winter conditions: freezing overnight temperatures and a series of little storms that got colder and dealt more and more precipitation, first rain, then snow. Even as bouts of sunny, warm weather will almost certainly return throughout the fall, we are undoubtedly on the path to winter.

Here, then, are four reasons to get excited about winter, and what you need to know to prepare for the season — along with a few shots of this week’s weather. (You can also keep an eye on conditions via live Roundshot (360-degree) cameras atop all four ski mountains.) Continue reading

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