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On Lift 1A and the World Cup Controversy

Fresh from the alpine skiing World Cup Finals in Meribel, France, Aspen Skiing Co. officials have plenty to chew on in terms of what it takes to put on such a major event.

When Aspen was awarded the World Cup Finals for March 2017 — an event that encompasses nine races in five days and crowns the overall season champions — it was a bit of a surprise. Previously, only Vail had succeeded in a bid to bring the event to North American snow. But, with some questions about the adequacy of Aspen’s venue and infrastructure, Skico is under pressure to commit to improvements in the Lift 1A/Shadow Mountain area by the time the FIS (International Ski Federation) meets to finalize its calendar in early June. 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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