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Will the city of Aspen's economy go uphill?

Jan 28, 2016
Aspen Public Radio

  In an effort to create an “uphill economy” for Aspen, elected officials are bringing in outside help. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

The municipal government has already hired a consultant who is doing research on how to build a business plan around the sport and industry, That person is Bob Schultz and is working with the state office for economic development. The Carbondale-based consultant is on a $2,000 retainer to do that work and possibly draft a request for proposals, or RFP, to hire another consultant.

Aspen 'busting at the seams'

Dec 29, 2015
Carolyn Sackariason

 

   Aspen and Snowmass Village are in the middle of the busiest week of the of the year. And as Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports, there is barely any room left around the resort.

Traffic jams, chairlift lines, planes stacked up on the runway and standing-room only in the airport, indicate the estimated 98 or 99 percent occupancy this week at hotels. This is what full feels like.

Stay Aspen Snowmass

  Aspen and Snowmass Village had a record-setting amount of hotel reservations this fall. But winter bookings are still lackluster. This fall hit a high water mark with overnight bookings, following on a busy summer. A long stretch of good weather plus last-minute reservations in October played a big role.

Skico looking to get young people's attention

Sep 11, 2015

The Aspen Skiing Co. and chamber of commerce held their annual “Afternoon Blend” luncheon yesterday at the Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.


A new strategy focused on garnering the attention -- and business -- of millennials was shown to nearly 300 community leaders and business owners last night as part of the luncheon.

Aspen Skiing Company is planning a makeover for the top of Aspen Mountain. Ski Co attracts summer visitors with mountaintop yoga, lunch and hiking, as well as concerts and other events. Now the company wants to do what it calls enhancements to the area, including making it more kid friendly.

“Phase 1 is going to consist of some Rocky Mountain flower gardens, picnic areas, new signage,” says Ski Co’s Assistant PR manager, Tucker Vest. “[As well as] kids play features such as hay bales, bean bag toss.”

Work has already started. In summers past there’s been a sharp contrast between the amenities of the Sundeck and uneven, bare ground nearby. Ski Co is planning a Phase 2 project, but what it will entail and when it is scheduled is not yet known.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

We saw the end of the 2014-15 ski season when Aspen Mountain closed last weekend but why was it a ghost town at the base?

The City of Aspen just bought more wind power so it can operate on 100 percent renewable energy.

Meanwhile, the switch for the largest solar array in the valley was flipped this week.

The town of Snowmass is investigating why high levels of fecal matter are testing positive in a stream near a high-profile hotel.

Mountain Edition - April 23rd, 2015

Apr 23, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

RFTA gets millions for more parking, service, and facilities.

A Basalt woman is sentenced for causing a fatal accident last August.

Aspen Skiing Company and pro skier Alice McKennis look back on the season.

There’s a new book about Glenwood Springs history.

A nonprofit aims to restore part of the Crystal River in Carbondale.

And we find out about the country’s biggest conservation effort ever and a bird here in Colorado.

That’s ahead on Mountain Edition.

Aspen Skiing Company

  The lower part of Aspen Mountain was closed for a big chunk of Thursday. Aspen Skiing Company did avalanche control work early that morning morning, causing several unusually large slides in the “dumps” on Ajax. So much snow came down, Ski Co. says it took until mid afternoon to clear off the run leading to Kleenex Corner, as well as the intersection of Spar and Copper. Skiers and boarders had to download on the gondola for most of the day. This is possibly the first time that kind of closure has happened in decades.

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

On Tuesday, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center released a more detailed review of what happened during a slide on New Year’s Day. Aspen Mountain Powders Tours had a tough day on the first day of 2015. The company, operated through Aspen Skiing Company, had a ski guide injured in an avalanche, and was one person away from injuring a client. 

Update: Name released in avalanche fatality off of Ajax

Feb 24, 2015
CAIC/Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol

 February 24th, 4pm UPDATE: The Pitkin County Sheriff's office says the victim of Monday’s avalanche outside the boundary of Aspen Mountain has been identified as John Martin Gancsos. Mr. Gancsos, who was 64 years old, was more commonly known to local area residents as “Marty.” Information related to cause/manner of death will be released by the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office at a later date after completion of a post-mortem examination. Aspen Public Radio will have a remembrance of Gancsos tomorrow, Wednesday, morning.

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