Tag Archives: Limelight

Sales for New Base Village Residences Launch

Snowmass is abuzz this winter as the resort celebrates its 50th anniversary season and construction on the next phase of Base Village approaches the one-year mark this spring. Meanwhile, yet another milestone is being marked on January 16, the date that contracts officially can be accepted for just 14 of the 55 residences taking shape in the base — the project’s first new residential offerings in nearly a decade, due to be completed in fall 2018. Here are the details on the latest Base Village residential opportunities. 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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Snowmass Limelight Is Back

A proposal for a Limelight hotel in Snowmass has been revived, after the Aspen Skiing Company signed a contract last week with Related Colorado to buy a parcel in Base Village to develop. But the proposal — nearly identical to the first iteration that began town review last fall and was scuttled in March due to uncertainty surrounding Base Village completion — is caught up in a debate about Related’s vesting rights and the broader question of whether the company will do right by the community with its plans to finish Base Village.

We spoke to Aspen Skiing Company’s Mike Kaplan and Don Schuster to find out more about the Snowmass Limelight, why the company decided to resurrect it, and why they feel it’s good for Snowmass. Continue reading

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Talking Guest Experience with Limelight GM Richard Stettner

There’s been intense focus on Aspen lodging lately, with the Aspen City Council considering code changes to incentivize upgrades for small and mid-sized lodges — amid the ongoing debate of what it might take to retain moderately priced lodging options within a marketplace that has been losing its small lodges at a rapid pace for the past 20 years.

Lost in the discussion of building heights and free-market square footage allowances, however, are the intangibles of what makes a successful lodge — and a successful resort. One of those — a major one, hospitality experts agree — is the guest experience. We asked Richard Stettner, general manager of the Limelight Hotel, about what makes the Limelight successful (Expedia named it the top hotel in the country last year), and how the guest experience plays into that. Continue reading

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Snowmass Limelight Scuttled as Base Village Developers Regroup

Progress on the uncompleted Snowmass Base Village took a step backward this week when Aspen Skiing Company terminated its agreement with Related Colorado to buy a piece of land next to the Elk Camp Gondola on which it planned to build a hotel and free-market condominiums. And while that’s certainly not good news, this latest turn may end up simplifying the process of planning for the base area’s completion. Continue reading

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A hotel hit and a market miss in Snowmass

The score is Aspen Skiing Co., 1, and Related Colorado, 0, in Snowmass at the moment, in terms of the latest development proposals from the two companies.

Aspen Skiing Co. recently announced plans to seek approvals for a Limelight hotel in Snowmass Base Village — based on the success of the one in Aspen — and the idea of a more affordable option than the Viceroy and Westin, one that could help bring vitality to the base, has in general been very well received.

At about the same time, word got out that Related Colorado plans to replace the much-beloved Village Market grocery store in the Snowmass Center with a Clark’s Market — a decision that has been almost universally panned. Continue reading

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This magical month

Ah, September. Cited as the best month to be in Aspen/Snowmass by many locals, these 30 days generally deliver peace, great weather, and beautiful displays of color. Although it’s not on most visitors’ radar when planning a visit, it should be — but if it was, then it wouldn’t be quite so special, would it? Continue reading

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Cruise under the full moon tonight

With Aspen’s gondola cranking up this Memorial Day weekend for both skiing and summer operations, town is in a rare bridge between off-season and summer at the moment. And Aspen Skiing Co. is debuting an event tonight that is sure to have crossover appeal to both locals ready to wake up after a sleepy off-season and the handful of tourists in town alike.

The inaugural Limelight Moonlight Cruiser Ride takes place tonight, Continue reading

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