Aspen Skiing Co. creates new real estate position |

Aspen Skiing Co. creates new real estate position

The Aspen Skiing Co.’s emergence as a major landowner in Snowmass Village has prompted the company to create a position of vice president of real estate.

The Skico announced Tuesday that Don Schuster has been promoted to that role. Schuster will be responsible for the redevelopment of the Snowmass Club, which includes construction of high-end, time-share units. He will also head the company’s efforts to determine what should be developed on prime real estate at the base of Snowmass ski area.

The Skico is scheduled to close later this month on the purchase of more than 500 acres currently owned by the Snowmass Land Co. The property includes 15 acres known as Snowmass Base Village, which is considered the most important parcel in the resort’s future.

The Skico envisions redevelopment of a base village with tourist accommodations, retail shops, a new kids’ center and different chairlift arrangements. Schuster will help determine the appropriate real estate mix on that land.

He will continue to have overall responsibility for the operations of the Skico at the Aspen Meadows/Aspen Institute and Snowmass Club.

Schuster joined the Skico in May 1995. Previously he was general manager of Hilton Head Island Hilton Resort. He has also held management positions with Arvida Disney and Keystone Resort.

One of Schuster’s first moves in his new role was promoting Becky Duckworth to general manager of the Snowmass Club. She will oversee all operations of the Snowmass Club. Her responsibilities also include working with membership sales and overseeing the property management of the Snowmass Club Villas.

Duckworth joined the Skico in 1995 as assistant general manager of the Snowmass Club. She previously held similar management positions at the Hilton Resort in Hilton Head.

Both appointments are effective immediately.

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