An early Christmas present for Aspen? |

An early Christmas present for Aspen?

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Aspen is apparently in consideration for the filming of a network television special that would air during the Christmas season.

Mayor Helen Klanderud confirmed Wednesday that a representative of one of the major networks has been in contact with the city about a special to be filmed at the Wheeler Opera House.

?Yes, we?ve been approached. I?ll say that,? she said.

Nothing is definite, but an announcement is expected in the near future if the plan is finalized, she said. No action by the City Council would be necessary to give it the go-ahead, according to Klanderud.

Aspen is rumored to be in consideration along with at least one other resort in Colorado.

If the event takes place, it would be filmed in advance of Christmas, presumably for broadcast closer to the holiday, Klanderud said.

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?The town would love it, and the timing fits the town perfectly,? she said.

Long before Christmas, Aspen will be featured in an upcoming episode of ?The Bachelor,? which airs Wednesdays on ABC.

That national, prime-time exposure is the equivalent of $1.9 million to $3.5 million worth of advertising, depending on how many minutes of Aspen footage actually air, according to Hana Pevny, president of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.

Between six and 11 minutes are expected to air, she said. Scenes on Aspen Mountain and around town were shot in August for the program.

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