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Sun, Times staff honored at Colo. media conference

The Snowmass Sun and Aspen Times staffs were honored over the weekend at the 141st annual Colorado Press Association conference for their work in writing photography and advertising.

The Times won numerous first- and second-place awards in two state contests: the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters (CAPER) group and the Colorado Press Association (CPA). The contests were for work in 2018 and are broken down by circulation groups.

Managing editor Rick Carroll’s work looking into the backgroud of the Aspen School District’s former human resources director was recognized in both contests and named the top education story by CPA, with the judges remarking that it was “great work combing through public records to uncover a massive story about seriously questionable behavior by a public official. This is what accountability journalism is all about.”

Other first-place awards in the CPA contest included:

Roger Marolt for his Snowmass Sun humor columns

Anna Stonehouse best photo essay in the Snowmass Sun for the September festivals

Scott Condon and Anna Stonehouse for “131 years of Cattle Culture” feature on the Cap-K ranch outside of Basalt

The Food & Wine Classic preview was named the best magazine (which is directed by WineInk columnist Kelly Hayes and his wife, Linda)

The Times’ editorial board was named tops in the state in the division. “Great examples of a newspaper keeping tabs on public spending, and holding officials accountable for how money is spent and on whom,” the judges wrote.

The advertising staff’s “Best of Aspen-Snowmass” was named the best special section: “In a category with multiple great entries, this entry stood out the most. Did a fantastic job making this an appealing section to get the Best Of results and appealing layout.”

Second-place awards in the CPA content:

Roger Marolt for best humor columns and also for sports columns in The Aspen Times

Erica Robbie and Anna Stonehouse for story/picture combination for their coverage of the disabled veterans winter clinic

Snowmass Sun website

Anna Stonehouse for photo essay in the Snowmass Sun for the JAS Labor Day coverage

Rick Carroll for best business story on “When big companies take a stand” about outdoor companies taking a stand

Ben Welch for news page design and special section for “Striking Silver” when Alex Ferreria won silver at the Olympics

Anna Stonehouse for feature story and multimedia package “Aspen Adventure Woman: Who is she?” in The Aspen Times Weekly

Tim Kurnos for best large-space ad for “Pierre Famille”

The Times’ coverage of the first week of the Lake Christine Fire was named by CAPER as the best spot news in its division, and aspentimes.com was named the best website.

The Times was honored for first place by CAPER judges for the following stories:

Scott Condon’s breaking news coverage of the first two days of the Lake Christine Fire

Rick Carroll for “When big companies make a stand”

Scott Condon’s environmental story on local farming, “Pulling one over on Old Man Winter”

Andrew Travers and Anna Stonehouse’s online special package on Anderson Ranch artists responding to school shootings

Aspen Times staff for the best website

Second-place awards in the CAPER content:

Scott Condon’s business story on the impact of older skiers

Anna Stonehouse and Austin Colbert’s photography of the Lake Christine Fire’s first week

Rick Carroll’s investigative reporting on the background of the school district’s HR director

The Aspen Times staff’s sustained coverage of the Lake Christine Fire

Erica Robbie and David Krause’s breaking news coverage of the death of NBA agent Dan Fegan on Highway 82 near Woody Creek

Austin Colbert and Anna Stonehouse’s online special package on Alex Ferreira’s coming-home celebration

Austin Colbert’s sports feature on Wiley Maple’s run to the Olympics

Links to these stories can be found on aspentimes.com.

Town moves forward with transit center upgrade plan

Snowmass Village is moving in the direction of remodeling its transit station on the mall to a concept that some have said resembles Aspen’s Rubey Park.

Of the three conceptual designs that town officials, council and residents have reviewed this month, option one — consisting of a central hub that combines all of the transit services into one island with a station in the middle — has prevailed as the majority favorite.

In an effort to gauge public feedback on the project, the town hosted an open house April 10 that drew about 35 people, most of whom live in Snowmass. Members of the town and project team, including the architects and engineers who developed the designs, also were present.

The town invited Snowmass residents and business owners throughout the village, with a targeted outreach to mall owners, town spokesman Travis Elliot said.

Despite a handful of comments from people suggesting the town “start over” on the redesign, Elliot said, the majority sentiment was in favor of the first option.

At a Snowmass Town Council meeting on April 1, the elected officials and transportation director David Peckler also indicated a preference toward the first option.

Asked at the meeting about his personal choice, Peckler offered, “Speaking just as me, option one because of the human space that it creates.

“It’s a trade-off on the amount of pedestrian bus conflicts, but how much space do you have to use that could be, let’s say, like a town park or a town square for the mall in and of itself? So this could be an amenity that adds to it.”

Peckler said each of the options as proposed offers their advantages and disadvantages.

“Like many things in life, there are trade-offs in all three designs,” his memo states. “We are looking for the best design that serves the needs of the community year-round and improves the convenience of using transit while bolstering its efficiency.”

The memo also notes the project’s major priorities are to position transit passengers on the same grade as the Snowmass Mall, maintain the town’s current parking inventory, improve pedestrian access to the mall and accommodate the “basic needs” of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and the village shuttle.

One question on the minds of many at the open house April 10 was: Where is the money coming from to fund this project?

The Elected Officials Transportation Committee, which consists of members of Snowmass Town Council, Aspen City Council and Pitkin County, funded $50,000 for the initial study of a transit station redesign.

The EOTC also allocated $6 million for the project, which Elliot said should cover “the vast majority of the funds we think it will take to complete this.”

While the memo states, “The goal is to develop a project concept that can be funded predominately by the funds available,” Snowmass Mayor Markey Butler at the meeting indicated a desire to not feel constrained by budgetary concerns.

Moving forward with the public feedback, Elliot said the town “will be following with the consultants to see how they would like to incorporate the feedback we’ve received so far into the design.” A meeting date had not been set as of April 16.

Conceptual rendering for all three designs can be viewed in full at www.tosv.com.

erobbie@aspentimes.com

Gustafson: Running of the Eggs

It’s a sight to behold. This Sunday, all across the country, youngsters in their pretty little Easter outfits will lineup like little hordes of prize-seeking miniature Dothrakis, whipped into sugar-pledged frenzies by anxious parents. And then, crouching like sprinters, they’ll await the starter pistol at their annual Easter egg hunts.

At the signal, stampeding like spooked cattle, they will bolt in a clumsy pack, soon resembling a cage fight minus the cage. They’ll tear around, scrambling to snatch up as many little plastic eggs as possible. Overzealous parents will jump into the mix, mistaking the chintzy plastic and cheap candy for something of substantial value, and then they’ll begin “helping” their kids to ensure a hefty haul. Sun bonnets and Sunday slacks will be muddied and bloodied. Little kids will wander in tears, looking for an egg or for their mommy. Big kids will loot after a fellow hunter trips and spills her basket. And if you blink or fumble with your camera you will probably miss the whole thing.

OK, you say, she must have a jaded propensity for hyperbole. But I can assure you that I’ve witnessed this first hand in different places, over different years and with different crowds. It’s true that for many across this great land, Easter Day, in actuality an important religious holiday, typically involves some variation of the above events. Yet still the beloved Easter egg hunt remains a central cultural part of this holiday.

I’m sure few parents gear up for the annual Hunt by stretching their elbow-jab reflex, pounding their chest to intimidate, or running push-and-grab drills with their 2-year-olds. But it seems as if that shotgun-start ignites, in some of us, a frenzied primal urge to compete and to hoard; perhaps it’s a survival mechanism? It is a sight to behold watching a grown man hip check a 5-year-old in a sundress; god bless America — land of the ruthless capitalist and their offspring in-training.

I am not trying to pontificate from a pulpit of perceived moral superiority, or state of preeminent parental enlightenment. I can certainly understand the impulse to ensure that your children don’t end up disappointed. But I can almost guarantee that for the novice youngsters, the quantity of eggs is a much bigger concern for the adults,than it is for the little ones who have not yet been trained to hoard with rancorous vigor. I venture to guess that the vast majority of youngsters view it more like a treasure hunt and seem content to find anything to place in their little baskets, until they are taught otherwise.

Most of us parents also can relate, admittedly or not, to how easy it might be to find ourselves seduced into padding the odds of success for our own kids. Perhaps not to the degree of the recent college admissions scandal. But somewhere between helping your child hoard Easter eggs and cheating on college applications, lies that gray line where helping becomes hovering becomes hindering all to the tune of moral detriment hidden behind the facade of parental support.

Maybe if we work harder to encourage collective success, the seeds of compassion that exist in every young child might continue to grow instead of being stunted by an overemphasis on competitiveness. Or perhaps if we allow small opportunities to experience disappointment early in life, self motivation will propel the next generation into action as opposed to encouragement through prizes and rewards.

A quick history lesson: The Easter Bunny comes from German culture, dating back to the 1500s. For obvious reasons, rabbits and eggs symbolize fertility, an important theme for spring, which represents new life on Earth. The Easter Bunny legend, like Santa, was created to encourage children to anticipate rewards for good behavior by the delivery of colorful eggs and eventually candy. The church would later connect Easter eggs to the new life received through Jesus, and the rebirth of Christ coincides with the rebirth of fertile land in the spring.

It all fits neatly together, but I still wonder at how this celebration of rebirth, symbolized by bunnies and eggs, has in some ways morphed into a manic competition between 2-year-olds who are egged on by their overly competitive parents.

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.

Marolt: Roaring again like Tiger taught us

As Tiger Woods strolled the green carpet that is the 18th fairway at Augusta National on Sunday in front of the biggest crowd following his every move over a decade, coddling the mental buffer of needing only an easy three-putt bogie to win his fifth Masters jacket, he was business as usual, like was back in his late 20s when he ruled our aspirations and every golf course on which he set foot. The old feelings were back.

We knew this, because they were our feelings, not his; the ones we felt when golf was interesting to almost everyone, not just dedicated duffers with calculated handicaps. We felt the game grow around us with every untraditional fist pump on the fringe of the green. We loved his intensity. We were envious of his athleticism. He looked like he could beat the crap out of any one of the bodyguards parting the crowds after every round on his way to the scorer’s table where he’d officially leave his mark on setting the mark. In those days, if you weren’t getting up the dough to buy and nerve to tell your significant other that you needed, not wanted, but needed a new $500 driver, you were out of touch with relevant culture.

This weekend, the decade of unalleviated back pain and parade of swing coaches was over. His eyes were more clear than crazy again. He no longer looked like an old man pressed flat by the obsession with the impossibility of becoming a Navy Seal. He was confident. He was bold. He was exactly the way we want to think we were 14 years ago.

Back then, when the kids were young and I was hanging onto a competitive streak more resilient to the aging process than muscle tone or joint flexibility, Tiger gave me license to be cocky and pump my fist at everything from a long drive on the practice range to a perfectly seared steak off my grill. I was fitter and faster. I was smugger and stronger. Watching him convinced me that I was almost as good as ever at everything. That was his sway. That is why Nike made him their human swoosh.

It was like when Tiger fell, we roared no more. The fist pump became as cliche as male ponytails and black turtlenecks — it’s only use to substitute for the handshake during flu season. Of course we found things other than golf to do and new idols to emulate, and we may have even delighted a little to see a big man brought to the ground by what was a bad mix of his arrogance, stupidity and a lost youth that was sealed in a genie’s bottle by his overbearing father until one day it got rubbed the wrong way, exploded and unleashed a devil instead.

And then Sunday happened. After watching Tiger’s impossible finish, a long lost feeling reintroduced itself and I knew, this time, it would not hang around forever. Despite the gray skies, ignoring the horrific snow conditions glazed by an unseasonable cold front and defying the odds against the day becoming a great one, I grabbed my skis and headed for the slopes.

As I drove to town blaring popular music we listened to on family road trips, I imagined rejuvenated strength entering my body, if not my mind. Riding the lift over the slopes deserted for lack of civilized skiing, I imagined the narrow fairways and fast greens at Augusta that Tiger had just manipulated like their designer.

The first run proved more difficult than it looked, and it looked like a fairway bunker after a herd of elk trampled through. It had the consistency of a concrete driveway poured in a tornado during an earthquake.

I got serious. I got focused. I got myself balanced and breathed deeply, steadily and defiantly. I got down it in one piece. It wasn’t pretty, but it was pretty darn satisfying. My heart was racing and the fire stoked.

I headed to the nastiest runs on Aspen Mountain. Since the conditions were going to be miserable everywhere, I might as well take the misery on runs were it would be worthy of the effort they were requiring. I was Tiger on the comeback. I was as good as ever. I was up for the challenge and the cogs had no reverse gear. At the end of the day I felt like I’d played 18 of regulation and then six more in a sudden death playoff. I’d hit out of every woods, swamp, and trap on the course. I’d taken some gambles and they all paid off.

I was long off the tees and efficient on the greens. When I got home, I slipped on the winners’ prize — my lambs wool blue slippers — and relished the magic of the day.

Roger Marolt was considering getting back into golf, then decided to wait and see how Tiger does at The British. Email at roger@maroltllp.com.

Snowfall not seen again until 2019

As reported in The Aspen Times on April 16, 1965: “The final weekend for lift operation in Aspen’s record-breaking 1964-65 season finds skiing excellent and snow bases at mid-winter depths. There is also a good chance that skiing will continue to be excellent atop local ski hills when the lifts resume operation in June.”

With a base of 100 inches, the 1964-65 winter season was indeed historic since it has not been topped for at least March numbers until this year. The epic snow level was felt as well in the newly developing Snowmass at Aspen Ski Area as Snowmass Ski Tour operations continued running up on Big Burn to the wine cabin as pictured into mid-late April of 1965.

Snowmass Town Council looks at housing, 2019 goals

Snowmass’ elected officials signed off on their 2019 council goals while making a significant move to tackle their No. 1 goal in the same night.

Affordable housing continues to top council’s list of priorities, and at a meeting April 15, the town approved the purchase of 12 apartments at 250 Carriage Way.

The town is acquiring the roughly half-acre property to add to its workforce-housing inventory for $2.85 million.

Known as the Carriage Way apartments, the pale-green painted structure consists of four studios, four one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units.

Also part of council’s housing goal is to address senior housing, specifically, its goal-setting statement reads, “Council commits to a near-term strategy that will update the housing regulations, actively identify opportunities and partners to address senior housing needs and incentivize the creation of an additional 200 units.”

Along with workforce and senior housing, council’s other goals outline plans to improve the town’s community engagement; community building; safety, connectivity, parking and transit; and a continued commitment to resiliency and regionalism.

Town Manager Clint Kinney at the meeting stressed to council how useful these goals are to staff, in terms of policy-making as well as budgeting.

“It greatly influences a number of our decisions, not to the least of which is the annual budget,” Kinney said.

Council updates its goals every two years after a regular town election.

With no changes on council following an uncontested race in the November election, the elected officials were in a unique position of reviewing goals they had previously set together.

Their statement reads: “As our community inevitably evolves and changes over time, the council wants to ensure we remain a thriving, charming, fun, resilient, safe and emotionally connected community.”

The 2019 goal-setting process commenced with a lengthy workshop in January. Council unanimously approved the goals, which can be viewed at www.tosv.com, at the April 15 meeting.

erobbie@aspentimes.com

Town Council looks at redesign of Snowmass Mall transit station

With a number of goals aimed at improving Snowmass’ public transportation, pedestrian access and aesthetics, the town is exploring a remodel of the transit station at the mall.

Snowmass transportation director David Peckler and architects from two firms the town is working with presented three conceptual designs before Town Council at a meeting April 1.

The town invites the public to review and weigh in on the renderings at an open house at Snowmass Town Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. today.

“We don’t expect anyone to dispute the need for improvements or a facelift (at the transit station),” town spokesman Travis Elliot said April 9, “but what we’re really interested in is what the community thinks about the structure at the end of the mall.”

Elliot said that plans for the project, which “is not definite,” are within the hands of the community.

Members of the project team, including the architects and engineers who developed the designs, will be at the open house to listen, Elliot said.

Jason Jaynes, a project manager with the Carbondale-based landscape architect DHM Design Corporation, touted the benefits of combining the stops for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus and the Snowmass Village shuttle.

“There’s an opportunity (here) to make a statement about the town of Snowmass Village, as well, and that can be done in a variety of different ways,” Jaynes said at the meeting April 1. “We’ve talked about public art, we’ve talked about iconic buildings, we’ve talked about creating something that when you step off the bus and are making your way towards the mall, you’re given a sense that you’ve arrived some place special, which is a whole lot different than arriving at the shuttle now and going up the metal stairs the back way that everybody does today.”

There are a number of moving parts, advantages and even drawbacks to each of the conceptual designs as proposed, Peckler said.

“Like many things in life, there are tradeoffs in all three designs,” his memo states. “We are looking for the best design that serves the needs of the community year-round and improves the convenience of using transit while bolstering its efficiency.”

The memo also notes the project’s major priorities are to position transit passengers on the same grade as the Snowmass Mall, maintain the town’s current parking inventory, improve pedestrian access to the mall and accommodate the “basic needs” of RFTA and the village shuttle.

The Elected Officials Transportation Committee, which consists of members of Snowmass Town Council, Aspen City Council and Pitkin County, allocated $50,000 for the initial study of a transit station redesign.

Should the town move forward with the project, an additional $6 million is available through the EOTC, Elliot said.

While the memo states, “The goal is to develop a project concept that can be funded predominately by the funds available to the town” from EOTC and RFTA, Snowmass Mayor Markey Butler at the meeting indicated a desire to not feel constrained by budgetary concerns.

“I just want us to be in a space and a place where the budget doesn’t drive the decision and the design all the way,” Butler said. “So I want to do it right, do the best and do it right, and then, if we have to go after additional funding, I’m sure our local community would be pleased and proud to help make that happen. I think we’re doing fine financially right now.”

Conceptual renderings can be viewed in full at www.tosv.com or at the open house this evening.

erobbie@aspentimes.com

Snowmass to close 2019 season with a bang

After her first winter as the town’s tourism director, Rose Abello remembers looking around the ski area on its 2015 closing day, thinking Snowmass could do better.

“We kind of looked around and thought, ‘Wow, that’s how we close?’” Abello quipped.

Chalking it up to “more a whimper than a roar,” Abello said, “We felt like we could really try to support the local businesses in trying to make things happen.”

Consequently, Snowmass Tourism met with a number of stakeholders and local businesses to contemplate ways to bring life to the resort’s final hurrah of the season.

Snowmass restaurant and business owners responded overwhelming well — for the third year, end-of-season parties will pepper Snowmass from all the way up to the mid-mountain Gwyn’s High Alpine Restaurant to the Elk Camp area and down to the Base Village plaza.

Topping the day’s events are the pond skim, which will be at Elk Camp (near the climbing wall), the scantily clad swimsuit ski-down and the pig roast-meets-party in Base Village.

The “spring fling” beach motif continues this time around, while also welcoming an ’80s “Top Gun” theme. See right for a breakdown of closing day events at Snowmass.

Another important part to growing Snowmass’ end of season revelry is to not compete with Aspen Highlands or Aspen Mountain, Abello said.

This is why, for the past few years and this season, Snowmass has held its “closing” festivities the Saturday before the ski area closes.

According to Abello, Snowmass’ closing date in previous seasons fell on the same day as Aspen Highlands — a celebration with which no ski area can compete.

Moving forward with the Saturday programming, Abello said, “I think that’s going to be our sweet spot.”

erobbie@aspentimes.com

Marolt: Knowing when you can’t win

If I learned anything from expressing my data-driven self-discovery of why Snowmass Ski Area doesn’t fire my jets, it is the art of effective arguing. Of the many responses I received about the column, one made me think and led to a pleasant exchange with a reader who definitely did not see it my way.

If he thought I was an idiot, he kept it to himself. He didn’t hint that my opinion was the result of physical or mental defect. There was no hidden sarcasm or inuendo in his words. He simply told me why he loved Snowmass and I hung on every word. And yet, it was as clear as a blue-sky powder day in early January that he disagreed with me.

I have had responses like this to other pieces I have written, but they come so infrequently that it allows time to wear them away in my memory. That’s OK from the perspective that it always makes this type of feedback refreshing and encouraging.

It’s not so good because it is a clear indicator that what I learn from them doesn’t linger in my mental make-up long enough to make a lasting difference in me.

My hope is that if I get just a few more interactions of this type, the message will eventually stick.

The way this type of “arguing” works is simple to understand, but almost impossible to execute based on a broad sampling of debates I have been engaged in over the course of my entire life beginning from the first time I played king of the hill in the elementary school playground. That, like most debates, resulted in lots of fat lips.

I used to fight frequently with readers who picked them by way of nefariously crafted feedback. Some of the bait was as juicily enticing as a rotting pork chop in an unlocked dumpster is to a bear in September. Others were more concealed, like a nicely wrapped gift of Depends underpants at your 50th birthday party. It mattered not to me. I can sling maggot-laced insults with the best of them. I am an artist with acerbity. One of my greatest goals in these exchanges was to have somebody wake up in the middle of the night two weeks later and realize they had actually thanked me for a grievous affront that they had taken as an intricate flattery. The bummer is that you never have the satisfaction of knowing if this happened. One can only hope.

Over the years I figured out that you can never “win” an argument, and I mean this literally — arguments are not winnable — by anyone, ever. There are still people who believe the Earth is flat. There’s your proof.

We all like to think we have won arguments and many of us convince ourselves that we have, and we turn out to be the ones who keep on arguing, but confirming this with the other party would likely provide us with a different opinion and a completely new argument to not win, too.

Now, I usually answer contentious feedback with: “Thanks! I appreciate your note,” even though sometimes it makes my tailbone itch.

Maybe you can see now why the response from the guy last week, who just stated plainly and in detail why he thought Snowmass was the greatest ski area on the planet without ever hinting that I was a fool because I didn’t, led to a great conversation. I read it. I appreciated it. I mulled over attributes of Snowmass I had not considered before. I concluded that this guy is brilliant: I got all his insight without the usual side of derision that always leaves a bad taste.

I want to make this the gold standard of my expression of opinion. Isn’t it enough to state, “I think it’s wrong to say that, ‘If you grab a woman by the p—-, she will do whatever you want.’” It is plenty! There is little to debate. It is leaving all the meat on the bone instead of shredding it up with the fat and gristle and putting it into a casserole with peas, croutons and a can of mushroom soup, which is all a little hard to digest and will leave you with gas in your esophagus.

Let the reader draw his or her own conclusion. If their interest is piqued, they can research for themselves who said it and decide what they want about that person.

With that, I will say again, in a different way than last week: Snowmass is not my favorite ski area. Aspen Mountain is more challenging to me. That is all.

Roger Marolt skied with the Long brothers of Snowmass Village at Aspen Mountain on April 6. Talk about satisfying. Email at roger@maroltllp.com.

Letter to the Editor: Snowmass’ tax disparity

The proposed use of $2.2 million of Real Estate Transfer Tax and other funds from Base Village at the Snowmass Village Town Council meeting April 1 got my attention. It is sourced from Base Village but spent on roads outside of Base Village. I question why the town appears to be making no investments in Base Village Transit Center or other public transit infrastructure in Base Village.

Recall that residential and commercial Base Village owners carry tax burden of another 50 or so mills through GID, Base Village Metro No. 1 and No. 2, to support the money losing town-mandated Transit Center and Conference Center, and expenses of Carriage Way snowmelt and Sky Cab tourism operations plus the mandated public spaces for community events and ice rink. While Limelight was expected to bring business to the Base Village Conference Center, the conference center forecasts less income now than 2018 with utilization under 10 percent.

Phase 2 owners also carry the Common Area Maintenance fees for The Collective for the next 14 years.

With the present actions, the town-at-large benefits and the developer benefits. I am willing to fund a fair share of Base Village, town, county and community expenses. I object to continuing to fund a disproportionate share of community expenses through GID taxes, Base Village Metro No. 1 and No. 2 taxes and Base Village Co. developer-levied assessments, which are facilitated by privately negotiated agreements with the town.

As a Base Village, town of Snowmass Village and Pitkin County taxpayer, I encourage the General Improvement District Tax Board, which is Town Council, which taxes only Base Village owners and town council, to recognize and correct the disparity of tax fund sources and uses allocations.

Base Village owners are taxed to operate Sky Cab/Skittles for summer and evenings but it benefits the entire community through reduction is vehicle traffic etc.

When a study of Sky Cab was proposed, it was to be funded again, only by Base Village owners and developers.

In contrast, the study of the mall transit center is to be funded by Elected Officials Transportation Committee.

Three suggestions:

1. The GID be entirely dissolved. Future funding from all who benefit from Carriage Way snowmelt and Sky Cab operations, including Aspen Skiing Co. for its summer bike lift ticket income and all other tourism activities.

2. The town of Snowmass Village and/or Snowmass Tourism provide substantial funding for the Base Village Transit Center and Base Village Conference Center losses.

3. Snowmass Tourism pay for use of Base Village Co.-funded facilities and venues.

Thank you for considering the above input.

Pat Keefer

Snowmass Village and Texas