A recap while we wait for powder | AspenTimes.com

A recap while we wait for powder

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

As we wait for the snow that is forecast for today (3 to 6 inches!), let’s review some of the recent ski news of late, shall we?

In today’s paper is a story about how skier visits through Dec. 31 for Aspen/Snowmass were up 22 percent over last year and up 8 percent over two years ago. Statewide, they are up 18 percent over last year and up 2.6 percent over two years ago.

The main reason for the increase? Good early season snow.

Yesterday we reported that the Aspen Skiing Co./Intrawest “Discovery Center” will be opening this week in the former Aspen Drug space. On Thursday, you can go in and catch a video in the new minitheater about new condos at the Snowmass Club.

Coming soon, a video for the proposed new village for the Snowmass Ski Area, which is to be called “Snowmass Village.”

And in other recent Intrawest news, the company announced last week that all season passes at Winter Park and Copper Mountain are now good, at no extra charge, at both mountains. A new season pass for both mountains was priced at $825.

Intrawest recently reached a deal with the city of Denver to take over the operation at Winter Park. And the deal prompted a new Intrawest division called Intrawest Colorado. The “Snowmass Village” project is not part of the new division, which will be focusing on Copper and Winter Park.

And over in Crested Butte, CEO John Norton has announced that Crested Butte Mountain will add a ski lift this summer to provide ski-in/ski-out access to homes in its new Prospect development.

The development will include 38 single-family dwellings, and 15 have already been sold.

“With this lift addition confirmation, we feel the interest in the remainder of our first phase lots will increase over the next few months,” said Norton. “People who took snowcat tours over the holidays were blown away by the beauty of this property.”

Go John go.

Also in the news, and it is a very different type of news, was the fatal accident on Aspen Mountain last Saturday.

The man has been more precisely identified as 62-year-old Bradford McFadden of Roswell, Ga. He was originally said to be 61 and from Denver.

He was skiing with friends on the International trail on Ajax when he apparently skied off the catwalk and over the edge into S-1, one of the steeper runs on the mountain.

Going over S-1 unintentionally is a horrific prospect. Our deepest feelings go out to his friends and family. And it is a stark reminder of how slippery the slopes can be, especially when the snow has firmed up like it has this week.

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