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Aspen Skiing Co. attorney Dave Bellack resigns after 19 years

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Aspen Skiing Co. announced Monday the resignation of its chief legal counsel after nearly 20 years with the firm.

Dave Bellack, who also is a Skico senior vice president, tendered his resignation to CEO Mike Kaplan. His last day on the job will be Sept. 20.

"It is with great sadness that I am announcing Dave Bellack's resignation," Kaplan said in a statement. "Dave has been a friend and confidant. He has been a leader in the company and the community. We will miss him, and we wish him continued success."

Bellack joined the company in 1995 as in-house attorney at a time when there were countless land agreements, leases and legacy issues to deal with, the company said. He was instrumental in the Snowmass Base Village project, including the acquisition of the land as well as obtaining the land-use approvals — a process that spanned seven years and countless long hours in public meetings.

The statement pointed out that Bellack has been a "fierce environmentalist," serving on the Aspen Valley Land Trust board and providing strong leadership over Skico's sustainability department.

But, the company said, he also is a balanced pragmatist who can weigh legal concerns against the need to innovate and offer exciting and ever-changing guest experiences on Skico's four mountains.

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"After a terrific 19 years, I've decided to look for something new — like going back to 100-plus ski days guilt free," Bellack said in a prepared statement. "I've loved my time here, our mountains and, most of all, my fellow employees.

"Keeping the same job for (nearly) 20 years is a testament to the quality of the organization."

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