SNOWMASS VILLAGE - When Related Companies put Base Village under contract recently, the package of assets did not include the right to brand and operate a hotel as The Little Nell Snowmass.
"The license agreement was terminated in late 2010, " said Jeff Hanle, spokesman for Aspen Skiing Co.
Skico owns and operates The Little Nell hotel at the base of Aspen Mountain and owns the rights to the brand. In 2007, Skico executives were planning on operating The Little Nell Snowmass as a five-star, five-diamond hotel and licensing the Little Nell name to another operator in Jackson Hole.
Today, the Jackson Hole deal is well off the table and it is unclear if a Little Nell Snowmass deal will be revived.
"We remain committed to and engaged in Snowmass and look forward to seeing Base Village and the entire resort realize its full potential," Hanle said. "However, at this time, it is premature to comment on any potential involvement of Aspen Skiing Co."