SNOWMASS - Under the direction and ownership of resident Mark Reece, a bowling alley will open June 1 in the Bedford Ballroom underneath Venga Venga at the top of the Snowmass Village Mall, housing eight full-size lanes, flat-screen televisions, plush couches and a full kitchen and bar.
"This has been a passion of mine for a long time," said Reece, who grew up as a kid in bowling alleys before starting a 38-team fraternity league in college. "The hardest part has been keeping it a secret for two and a half years while putting everything together."
For years, Reece, currently a bartender at Slice in Base Village, has been traveling back and forth between the Roaring Fork Valley and Naples, Fla., searching for the perfect spot to pursue his lifelong dream. After giving up his search in Naples due to an overabundance of bowling alleys, he finally found an ideal spot in the Village.
"I searched the entire area high and low, from Aspen to Highlands, to Buttermilk and the (Aspen Business Center) and never found a place that could cater to such a large project," he said. "By pure luck, discovering the Bedford Ballroom in Snowmass has been a blessing in disguise, because this is where it really needs to be."
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