Snowmass Village

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

A developer in Snowmass Village is stepping away from Base Village and selling its assets.

Both sides of a heated election campaign in Aspen are focusing on parking.

Glenwood Springs leaders and businesses mull over how to address homelessness.

The life of a long-time Aspen local and former ski shop owner is remembered.

And, we talk budget with a state legislator who represents communities in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Town of Snowmass Village

A Vail development group announced Tuesday (10/6) it will buy most of the remaining assets of Base Village in Snowmass Village. The major project at the base of the ski area is currently being managed by Related Colorado.

East West Partners and an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners have entered into a Letter of Intent with Related Colorado. That means they will assume the role of master developer for projects such as the next phase of the Viceroy Hotel. The Aspen Skiing Company’s plans to develop the Limelight Hotel have not changed.

Town of Snowmass Village

After hours of debate over details of a major development in Snowmass Village, members of Town Council took a big step toward restarting work on Base Village. 

Base Village stalled in the recession. This year Town Council has been reviewing a plan by developer Related Colorado to restart construction.

The document is preliminary, but Monday’s vote moves the plan into a final design stage. The decision by three members of council came after five hours of discussion.

Tactics to safeguard mountain resort communities against wildfire are improving but educating residents is still a hurdle. Wildfire officials gathered in Snowmass Village Friday (9/25) to go over new approaches to keeping high country homes from burning down. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Mountain communities like Snowmass Village have unique problems when it comes to wildfire — many homes are smack-dab in the middle of high risk fire zones. Even though a big fire hasn’t burned here for nearly a decade, Snowmass Fire Marshall John Mele says fire is probable.

Marci Krivonen

Tourism officials in Snowmass Village are pleased with visitation this summer. Growth was seen each month from June through September.

September is seeing the biggest hike in visitation. So far, overnight stays in hotels and lodges are pacing 41 percent higher than the same month last year.

Christine Newcomb sees it first-hand. She’s a server at Big Hoss Grill on the Snowmass Mall.

"We’ve been getting busier and busier every summer. It’s only gotten busier since I started working here four years ago."

Marci Krivonen

Elected leaders in Snowmass Village Monday (9/21) decided to put on hold a decision about whether to move forward a re-start of construction at the base of the ski resort. If a preliminary plan is approved, Base Village will move into its final design stage. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Snowmass Town Council may vote Monday (9/21) on a resolution that would move forward the next phase of development at Base Village. The recession stopped construction at the base of the ski resort. With council approval, it could restart in the spring and include a new hotel, retail spaces, condos, affordable housing, a health clinic and a town-owned building. That building could become a museum to show off the town’s fossil find. Marci Krivonen spoke to Julie Ann Woods, Community Development Director for the town.

Creative Commons/Flickr/Scott Davidson

Snowmass Village Police continue to investigate a report last week of a sexual assault. A woman walking home from a friend’s house was reportedly attacked. The investigation is ongoing but few details are emerging. Law enforcement says such a sensitive crime needs a certain level of privacy, especially in a small town. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Reporter: "The occurrence of sexual assault crimes like this, how common is it that your department handles such cases?"

Chief Brian Olson: "Looking back at statistics, we investigate two cases a year."

Nancy Wilhelms, the Executive Director of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, discusses the upcoming fall programs and workshops at the arts center, as well as Ranch's upcoming 50th anniversary.  

The Ranch will offer two workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in October; one focused in ceramics, the other in photography. Learn more about these destination workshops HERE.  

Aspen Daily News

Friday (8/21) is the deadline to submit protests to a petition asking for an election to recall Snowmass Village Town councilman Chris Jacobson.