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Taster’s owner taking second bite into Snowmass Center, plans to open diner this summer

Taster’s pizzeria is taking another slice of the Snowmass Center.

The owner of the popular Italian food eatery that has had the corner spot in the center for the past 19 years is planning to take over an additional 1,300 square feet in the space that was home to another locals’ hangout for Snowmass residents, The Village Tavern.

The Tavern, formerly the Mountain Bayou among other eateries through the years, will not reopen, Jordan Sarick, principal of Eastwood Developments and its Eastwood Snowmass Investors affiliate, said Friday.

That offseason change allowed the owners of Taster’s to expand his footprint and menu. The two locations will bookend Sundance Liquor & Gifts store, and Taster’s owner Stacy Forster said Friday it all “kind of come to pass fairly quickly so I’m still working on concept and names. I’ve got to get in there and clean it first.”

Forster said the new place will maintain a diner feel and this summer will only be open for breakfast and lunch. If he can “get all the legal stuff in order” he would like to open for the Fourth of July weekend.

He plans to incorporate dinner and the full bar for the next winter season. That in turn will help him when the Snowmass Town Center undergoes its major renovation.

The Snowmass Center is under review for a massive remodel and expansion. The second location “will give them flexibility around construction and help them stay open during construction,” Sarick said.

Forster is no stranger to construction issues. He had to close his Aspen location at Rio Grande Place in August after more than 10 years because of the city of Aspen’s construction for its new office building.

“My thinking is that when we move into the new Snowmass Center, we’ll have bigger space, bigger full bar, and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Forster said. “It will almost be a merging of the two ideas. This is giving me a lead up to that, and dealing with menu items and seeing what works.”

On May 18, Snowmass Town Council finished its preliminary review of the proposed Town Center redevelopment. That allows Eastwood to move ahead with prepping and submitting its final development application. Sarick said Friday they are not sure on a time frame for the final submission.

“Right now, everyone has pencils down and is working away,” Sarick said. “There is a lot of work but everyone is really excited. It’s an exciting project. These days, for us to have lots of work, and lots of exciting work to shape the future of the village, is a great thing.”

Since the Town Center opened, the space that Forster is taking over has been Pour La France, then Wildcat Café, then Spencer’s, then Village Tavern, then Mountain Bayou and back to Village Tavern, according to a town officials.

Taster’s, which opened in Snowmass in June 2001, is one of the very few Snowmass restaurants that stayed open in some fashion during the early weeks of the pandemic and has remained open. Forster said Friday it wasn’t hard to stay open because they are primarily set up for take-out and delivery anyway.

“At the time … I was thinking about our family’s income and the employees’ income,” he said. “But then I quickly realized the locals were really appreciative to have a place to go and something open and it is nice to be a part of that.”

dkrause@aspentimes.com

Snowmass History: Closing day at Snowmass, 1974

Calendar notes by Jim Snobble, Snowmass General Manager, in “The Story of Snowmass” book by Paul Anderson and Catherine Lutz remind us of closing day at Snowmass on April 14, 1974.

“…and again, unbelievably enough, another record breaker by quite a margin despite a very poor start from late opening because of thin snow until Christmas but once snow came, so did the crowds & it turned out to be a fantastic year with very few big problems despite early scary warm spell, superb closing snow conditions with deep bases (115” on Burn, 93” on Knob). As always, am terribly tired at end, but sad to see it over.”

Snowmass Town Council discusses COVID-19 response, wildlife management, JAS Labor Day Experience at work session

At a virtual work session April 13, Snowmass Town Council discussed and gave direction to town staff on a handful of topics, including the town’s COVID-19 response, wildlife management of area bears, elk and mountain lions, and Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ request to explore Buttermilk as a future venue option for its Labor Day Experience festival. Here’s the recap:

SNOWMASS COVID-19 RESPONSE

At a 3 p.m. Pitkin County Board of Health special meeting April 13, the board issued an advisory recommending residents wear masks in essential businesses and other areas where it’s harder to practice social distancing.

A few hours later, Markey Butler, county public health board chair and Snowmass mayor, posed to council and town staff the question of how the village should ensure all residents have access to cloth face masks and what more it can do to support the community.

“The question becomes one of if we as a town need to put some dollars toward this because I think of those who are no longer working and $3 is $3 and $5 is $5,” Butler said.

After some discussion around potentially purchasing masks for village residents from others in the Roaring Fork Valley who are making them, council decided to keep an eye on essential businesses this week to see how many people were wearing masks, indicating to staff and council members what the need may be. Town Council plans to continue its mask discussion at a regular meeting in the near future.

Council also encouraged residents to look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on face masks, including how to make your own, and to check out the Roaring Fork Swap Facebook page, where Councilwoman Alyssa Shenk said people are selling homemade masks at reasonable prices.

Beyond helping locals get cloth masks, council also asked town staff to prepare an emergency ordinance for its April 20 regular meeting that would appropriate more funds for COVID-19 relief.

Town Council members also wanted staff to gather data on how the $100,000 the town’s contributed so far to Pitkin County’s COVID-19 relief fund has been utilized and how many Snowmass Village residents have applied for the relief funds.

“I think we need more money to help the community,” Councilman Tom Goode said. “I think we need to keep the community as number one right now, whatever that takes.”

CPW BRIEFS COUNCIL ON BEAR, ELK AND MOUNTAIN LION MANAGEMENT

Snowmass police are going to work more closely with Colorado Parks and Wildlife this summer to handle area black bears that exhibit bad behavior.

As explained to Town Council April 13, Police Chief Brian Olson said a “bad bear” is one that gets habituated to foraging for human food, breaking into homes, cars and digging through trash to find it, potentially putting people in danger.

Olson said Snowmass got “beat up pretty bad” with bears breaking into homes last year, and that dealing with bad bears opens up the opportunity for “good bears,” or those who practice natural foraging habits, to flourish.

“Snowmass is not changing a thing really, all of our officers participate in bear hazing and trying to move bears along when they’re not behaving,” Olson said. “We are going to reach out more to parks and wildlife just to supplement what we do and make sure we have enough staff.”

Snowmass police are also expanding their own wildlife management outreach this year, with plans to get more permanent messaging on ways property managers, visitors, part-time and full-time residents can help keep bears from accessing human food.

Last week, a bad bear broke into a village home and ate a loaf of bread. Snowmass police were able to get it out of the home and notified CPW, which trapped the bear and euthanized it.

“The bear that we caught a couple of days ago came out of hibernation and the first thing he did was went and broke into two houses,” Tesch said. “We’re still seeing conflicts on the rise, so hopefully if we’re more proactive in our response and get out there sooner we can eliminate some of these habituated problem bears that in the long run will lessen our conflicts all around.”

At the April 13 work session, Kurtis Tesch, district wildlife manager with CPW for the Aspen-Snowmass area, echoed Olson’s sentiments on needing to get a better handle on the area’s problem black bears.

That’s why he said CPW is pursuing a three-year bear management plan for the upper Roaring Fork Valley.

CPW hopes to host a bear summit later this year to discuss the proposed bear management plan and collaborate with local municipalities, counties and U.S. Forest Service officials, but it may not come to fruition until next year due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“We want to all get on the same page of how we’re managing bears in the area,” Tesch said. “The main focus will be to eliminate the conflicts that we’re having and to increase our communication with each other to work more together as a team.”

Tesch also updated council on CPW’s six-year population study of the area’s Avalanche Creek elk herd, noting that 40 pregnant females were captured and collared this year to help with research and tracking.

“We’re into our second year of a six-year study, everything is going as well as expected but there’s no real data to share at this point but hopefully we’ll get some really good results,” Tesch said.

CPW is also launching a new statewide mountain lion management plan, Tesch said, which creates larger hunting boundaries and hopefully helps to stabilize the mountain lion population.

Tesch does not anticipate the change will have a significant impact on Snowmass Village or bring a large influx of hunters to the area.

JAS TO EXPLORE BUTTERMILK AS 2021 LABOR DAY EXPERIENCE VENUE

Snowmass Town Council members Monday expressed consensus on allowing Jazz Aspen Snowmass to explore the base of Buttermilk Ski Area as a potential 2021 Labor Day Experience venue. Read the full story HERE.

Britta Gustafson: You’re not alone, we all are

At first it felt unnerving, the sound of sirens and honking horns heading toward us off of Faraway Road on Sunday. My kids hovered cautiously close, peering around me yet drawn toward the sounds of human activity as the raucous noises drew near. We quickly realized it was a community effort to reach out, enliven and perhaps even console on a lonely Easter Sunday in Snowmass.

Our dog-walk became filled with energy, curiosity and a kindred desire to smile and wave at those familiar faces we haven’t seen in nearly a month. The dreary weather that had added to the loneliness I feel settling in all around us was temporarily cast in sunlight.

My kids were caught up in the connectivity, so they sat on the snowy hill behind our house overlooking Anderson Ranch, smiling and waving at drivers who in turn honked and waved back. They did it for hours and it felt like something. Something different from what we have accepted as a loss for now. Unplanned, social, human contact, appropriately distanced of course.

Those sirens and waving neighbors also filled me with emotions. Perhaps it was an overwhelming longing for a world my kids might not get to know. And though it was far from the gregarious and climactic spring celebrations we have come to anticipate, it had what seemed its intended temporary remedial effect.

Last year, on that same day, we were running with friends around the garden beds celebrating Earth Day at the Farm Collaborative’s FarmPark. Leaves unfurling at our feet, the sounds of newly hatched chicks, laughing children and live acoustic music filling the air. We shared that spring day with hundreds of families, future farmers, volunteers and visitors before heading up to the village with family and friends for one last apres cheers to the Snowmass ski season. Later that week, I found myself showered in champagne, ski boot and costume clad, feeling the bounce and vitality on the deck at Highlands Closing Day. The next day brought an Aspen Elementary School play with hundreds of second graders sharing the spotlight while parents and grandparents sat shoulder to shoulder applauding.That week closed with a birthday dinner filling our home and hearts with friends from near and far.

Wow, what we are capable of taking for granted.

It feels like we need collective release to help us shift gears. Right now, it’s hard to tell what time of year, or for that matter what day it is. And there is still some form of instinctual magnetic pull attracting us toward each other that feels amplified at the moment by being shamefully taboo.

My 11-year-old saw a friend out walking today, and while they seemed instantly drawn to one another, thrilled to be seeing each other in person, they suddenly withdrew as if repelled by caution and confusion.

Our masks prevent us from expressing kindness, rendering us incapable of conveying any emotions. And we can’t, in good consciousness, offer simple acts of kindness that go back to the basics of our species, like sharing food, offering a helping hand and hugging. This is a new lonely.

I miss our Snowmass, even the offseason version. My kids are at the point where they just miss, crave even regular interaction with other people. The abrupt end to life as we knew it left many of us shell-shocked. Sure, we are not being asked to storm the beaches of Normandy or transmigrate the continent in search of work and food. We are not marching amid tear gas or through foreign jungles. And the fact that our moment requires us to simply stay at home and maybe reread “Grapes of Wrath” or binge watch “Band of Brothers” means I can’t really complain. I’m down with this sacrifice. In our bubble, we just have to curtail the urge to congregate because fresh air and nature are within our daily grasp. Yes, many of us are navigating what income looks like without tourists and what happens if the supply chains fail. I do not downplay the fear that this leaves hovering over my every thought. But it’s this loneliness that might be something even the most resilient human mind finds ambiguously threatening.

We are social beings and physical loneliness might have an entirely unpredictable side effect.

Let’s exchange a piece of my mind for a little peace of mind; after all, if we always agree what will we talk about? Britta Gustafson appreciates an open mind; share yours and email her at brittag@ymail.com.

Teen Spotlight: Studying abroad in China at the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic

This year, Chun Jie or Chinese New Year was Jan. 25, coincidentally when the COVID-19 outbreak began to run its course. Chun Jie is one of the most important Chinese holidays when families go back to their hometowns and reconnect with loved ones.

I was studying abroad in Beijing over the Chinese New Year and was at my host family’s grandfather’s house when the outbreak worsened. It was the day after Chun Jie when students began to wonder if they would be sent home and within three days of chaos, my classmates and I were back in our respective hometowns in the United States.

Carly Nabinger, one of the two sophomores participating in the study abroad with me, hadn’t gone to visit her extended host family and was in the center of Beijing when the news that we had to go home broke.

“My first reaction to being sent home all of a sudden was just pure shock because everything was happening too fast to process. At the time, all we knew about COVID-19 was that it was ‘like the flu,’” Nabinger said.

“What hurt the most is that we felt a sense of false hope. Selfishly, I couldn’t stop thinking about how unfair the world around us was while it spun out of control. Why us? Why this year? What now?”

Most kids felt like leaving China was like leaving unfinished business behind. None of us were able to say goodbye since we were dispersed around the country to learn as part of the School Year Abroad program. We had built up five months of strong friendships and familial love through daily struggles and inside jokes during our time abroad. The concept of leaving was so far away in my mind that rushing out of the country away from the memories and the people attached to them was really difficult.

Our mantra quickly became “Be good. Be strong,” after our resident director signed off an email with the four empowering words. Zoe Feldshon, a junior from Minnesota, was particularly impacted by the rushed departure.

“I feel like we were hit harder by culture shock (of returning to America) which made the move a lot harder. We weren’t mentally ready to come back and so coming back hurt a whole lot more,” Feldshon said. “I personally feel like if we had been even given a week notice it would have changed how I came back home because I came back home not really knowing what to do with myself because I had had no warning.”

MaryQuinn Mills, a senior from Georgia, had made particularly strong connections with locals in Beijing, as well as students from the school that our program was attached to.

“I’m not trying to belittle the experiences of regular seniors in America,” Mills said. “But it’s a different thing when you unexpectedly can’t see your classmate that lives 15 minutes away for the rest of the year versus unexpectedly being sent home on a plane hundreds and thousands of miles away from your classmates, teachers, friends and second family for maybe your whole life. … Both are hurtful, but ours has a different impact.”

After coming home late January and two weeks of quarantine, our school gave students the option to continue with the program online in hopes of going to the Italy campus, or return to school in America. A little over half of the kids opted to stay with the program and completed a month of online school.

Obviously, due to COVID-19 migrating to Italy, students weren’t allowed to switch campuses but the program left it to the last minute to cancel their plans. I had flown to New York to get on the administrative lead group flight to Italy, which was supposed to depart March 5. Anneka Le, a senior from Hershey, Pennsylvania, also had flown to New York to catch the group flight.

“I was mostly disappointed and was immediately thinking, ‘What now?’” Le said after finding out our studies in Italy were canceled. “In a single email, I saw not only an experience taken away but also a very enriching education.”

Once Italy was canceled, the program was full of uncertain teenagers who were faced with yet another decision: Online school through the abroad program or return to the American school that sent them abroad?

Most kids chose to go back to their American schools, myself included, but the decision was almost meaningless since COVID-19 soon came to Aspen as well and schools closed down anyway.

At first, coming back to Aspen and re-enrolling into Aspen High School was exciting for me. On March 12, I had spoken with the school counselor and met my new teachers. I was only going to be taking four classes for the rest of the year to make sure I have enough credits to graduate. I had already been self isolating for two months doing online courses, and I was enthusiastic to go back to a real school. The past two months I had been waking up at 10 in the morning, attending online class in my pajamas, and then staying awake all night to talk with friends or watch YouTube videos. A normal routine was seriously needed, and I had my eye set on AHS to give me that.

But the schools announced their closures the next day and I was deeply disappointed. I understood why but it seemed so unfair. It’s been a long few months for my classmates and me, but some of us have chosen to continue with Chinese language classes, which helps keep a weak connection to Beijing. My friends from my year abroad agreed that we all chose the wrong year to study abroad, but then we wouldn’t have met each other. I’ve maintained a positive mindset about my situation, knowing that if I had the chance to go back in time, I would still do it all again.

Now, it’s April and I’ve been in self isolation for about three months. A lot of my classes, with AHS and my Chinese class that I’m continuing, have done lesson units on COVID-19. It feels like a topic that I can’t escape and the only thing people want to do is talk about the virus.

I’ve been spending my days doing work and catching up with my parents. As much as COVID-19 feels like it’s taken over everything, I hold my friends and family dear to my heart and acknowledge the love I have in my life.

To anyone struggling particularly with this: we’ll get through it. We’ll grow. We’ll move on. Be good. Be strong.

Aja Schiller is a junior at Aspen High School and has been writing for the Skier Scribbler for the past three years.

Snowmass Last Shot: Fat Tuesday in the village

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Reward of up to $7,000 being offered for information on Snowmass theft

Snowmass Village authorities and Eagle County Crimestoppers are looking for help cracking the case of the theft of a safe-box from a Snowmass Village condominium.

The safe was taken from a Willows Condo on Campground Lane sometime during the week of Oct. 21 and 28, according to Snowmass Village police investigators. A hidden key was discovered outside and a person or persons gained access.

“Nothing in the condo was disturbed and just the safe-box was taken from a dresser drawer where it was being stored,” according to a statement from Crimestoppers. “Contents inside the safe-box included a large amount of cash, several titles to vehicles and a Social Security card.”

“The owner of the safe-box is offering a $2,000 cash reward for information to assist investigators with the recovery and up to an additional $5,000 cash reward if the safe-box and its contents are recovered,” the statement continued.

Tips can be made anonymously. Call the Eagle County Crimestoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS or the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 970-328-8500. Tips also can be submitted to the Snowmass Village Police at 970-923-5330. If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of an involved suspect, you could earn as large as a $7,000 reward.

Snowmass couple gets $50K from Creekside HOA in emotional support dog dispute

The Creekside Condominium Homeowner’s Association was ordered this week to pay $50,000 to a Snowmass Village couple after the HOA failed to allow a woman to stay at the complex with her emotional support dog, a violation of the Fair Housing Act, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Daniel Domenico for the District of Colorado approved a consent order that resolved the years-long dispute between the Creekside HOA and both Jason Neilson, a longtime Creekside owner, and his domestic partner Kirsten Swick over whether Swick’s emotional support dog met the HOA’s criteria for reasonable accommodation to its “no dogs” policy.

On top of paying the $50,000 in compensation to Neilson and Swick, the three-year consent order requires the Creekside HOA board to undergo annual Fair Housing Act training and adopt a new reasonable accommodation policy and guidelines, along with an animal assistance policy.

“Housing providers are required by law to make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities,” U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn for the District of Colorado said in a news release sent Thursday. “We are pleased that this HOA is adopting policies and will conduct training that complies with the Fair Housing Act. These are important protections to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal housing opportunities.”

The Creekside HOA board had no comment Thursday as board protocol requires it meet as a whole before issuing any statement, according to a board member. Neilson and Swick could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The Fair Housing Act is a federal law adopted in 1968 to protect Americans from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, or engaging in other housing-related activities, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

According to court documents, the Creekside HOA board’s violation of the Fair Housing Act started in December 2016 when Neilson and Swick made a request for Swick to be granted reasonable accommodation after getting an emotional support dog. The couple submitted a letter to the HOA board from a licensed psychologist with the request that supported the need for Swick, who experiences depression and anxiety, to have an emotional support dog as part of her treatment.

Over one year prior, the Creekside HOA board adopted a resolution to its “no dogs” policy that allowed tenants who have a disability and may need a support animal to request reasonable accommodation. The resolution allowed the HOA board to require the tenant to provide “reliable documentation of a disability and their disability-related need for a service animal” in order to receive approval, court documents state.

In Neilson and Swick’s case, the Creekside HOA board rejected the initial letter submitted in December 2016, stating it did not “meet legitimate requirements,” court documents say. The HOA board requested verification of Swick’s disability and need for an emotional support animal.

From January 2017 to June 2017, Swick and Neilson continued to apply for reasonable accommodation with Creekside HOA and stayed at five different residences with friends and relatives and spent more than a week living out of their van so Swick could keep her emotional support dog and avoid being fined, the complaint says.

Swick and Neilson submitted additional documentation attributed to two separate medical providers over the five months. The documents described Swick’s depression and anxiety, treatment, and how an emotional support dog could benefit her.

The HOA board rejected the additional documents, stating they were too vague or insufficient, according to the federal district court complaint. They informed the couple they had to pay $3,650 in fines or else a lien would be placed on Neilson’s unit.

However, on June 14, 2017, the Creekside HOA board reversed course and granted Neilson and Swick’s request for accommodation after the couple’s attorney informed the HOA board they were preparing to sue in federal district court.

Regardless, Neilson and Swick filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division at the end of June 2017.

Two months later, the Creekside HOA board requested $500 from each condo owner “to cover legal costs and potential liability arising from the Board’s enforcement of the Association’s ‘No Dog’ rule,” court documents state.

The couple also filed a housing discrimination complaint in November 2017 with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD officials conducted an investigation of the complaint and determined in September that “reasonable cause existed to believe that illegal discriminatory housing practices had occurred,” court documents say.

HUD’s “Charge of Discrimination,” resulted in a civil action complaint filed in U.S. District Court and the consent order between the court and Creekside HOA was approved Tuesday.

The Creekside HOA has 10 days from the approval date to pay $50,000 in compensation to Nielson and Swick; 15 days to distribute its new reasonable accommodation and assistance animal policies to Creekside tenants; and 30 days to notify all homeowners of the lawsuit and to issue an apology to Neilson and Swick via email.

Betsy Crum, director of the housing department in Snowmass, said Thursday she was unaware of the issue at Creekside Condominiums and said the Creekside HOA was in charge of rules and regulations for the complex’s deed-restricted owners.

Crum did say the town housing department is committed to following fair housing laws and federal regulations, and that reasonable accommodations have been made for people with support animals who rent and own town housing in Snowmass. She also said any HOA in Snowmass with questions regarding the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance should reach out to the Snowmass Housing Department.

mvincent@aspentimes.com

Editor’s Note: This article was updated to reflect the fact that Swick’s dog is an emotional support or assistance animal, not a service dog.

Passapalooza a success during snowy weekend

It was a great weekend for Aspen-Snowmass on a multitude of levels, according to Aspen Skiing Co. officials.

With as much as 2 feet of snow over the past three days at the four ski areas and a diverse offering of on-mountain and apres activities for the company’s Passapalooza event, Skico’s preliminary local, passholder and visitor numbers showed strong Friday through Sunday.

“It was a solid weekend, for sure. I definitely think our numbers exceeded last year at this time,” said Jeff Hanle, Skico’s vice president of communications on Sunday. “It was a successful way to energize the slower season before the holidays.”

According to Hanle, this was the first year Skico decided to host a discounted ticket weekend with other deals and apres activities to draw visitors to Aspen-Snowmass before peak season.

Through the Passapalooza event — which ran in conjunction with the Snowmassive Celebration in Snowmass Village — art, culture and sports offerings were blended together, including $59 lift tickets per day for anyone with a valid 2019-20 pass from any ski resort in the world; discounted clinics, along with ski and board demo deals; a lights festival in Snowmass and an ’80s-themed apres-ski party in Aspen; and a Snow BikeCross qualifier for X Games in Snowmass.

“We have a rich and very cultural valley, and when we try to bring people here we want to give them the full experience,” Hanle said of hosting a blended on-mountain and apres event. “I think that’s what sets us a part from other resort communities.”

Through partnerships with entities like Snowmass Tourism, Hanle said Skico was able to give Passapalooza visitors and locals that all-encompassing experience in Snowmass Village especially, which preliminary Skico data show had the highest on-mountain numbers over the weekend out of all four Aspen-Snowmass resorts.

The Skico event ran alongside the town’s Snowmassive Celebration, which aimed to recognize the opening of Eye Pieces, Straight Line Studios and The Collective in Base Village.

All three of the new businesses and buildings held grand-opening parties, and locals and visitors were invited to experience over a dozen light and interactive art installations throughout the village; ski and snowboard demo deals on Fanny Hill; Snow BikeCross on Assay Hill; and an ice skating show featuring Aspen-Snowmass and professional skaters on The Rink in Base Village on Saturday evening.

“We were so happy with the weekend,” said Dawn Blasberg, plaza and events manager for Base Village and The Collective.

With help from the town of Snowmass Village, Blasberg said she and her team hope to make the Snowmassive Celebration an annual, early-December event for the entire community, including locals and visitors, and that she’s already working to brainstorm new activities and offerings for next year’s “Snowmassive” event.

“We are open to trying anything and everything. We want to be unique,” Blasberg said.

As for Skico, Hanle said the company would further analyze the on-mountain numbers from over the weekend and discuss the potential for Passapalooza to be an annual pre-holiday weekend experience moving forward.

mvincent@aspentimes.com

Limelight Hotel in Snowmass to host village’s first part-time job fair

Over 15 employers will be hiring on the spot for part-time, seasonal, peak-season only and on-call positions on Tuesday in Snowmass.

From 3 to 7 p.m., businesses including the Timberline Condominiums, New Belgium Ranger Station, High Q marijuana dispensary and more will be at the Limelight Hotel Snowmass looking to bring on new employees during the first-ever part-time job fair.

The fair is ideal for people looking to supplement their full-time job with a part-time position, on-call or substitute work, and also is a good fit for people looking to come back to the workforce from retirement or to earn money while home during school break, according to a Snowmass Tourism news release.

The release also states employers will be looking for candidates with talent, flexibility and a desire to both make some extra income and be a part of the Snowmass Village winter experience.

For more information, visit www.gosnowmass.com/jobfair.