Base Village about money and greed
Dear Editor:I am a Canadian citizen. My family members have been regular Snowmass visitors, summer and winter, for the past 16 years. I want to retire here.Two Canadian friends first told me to visit Snowmass – they called it the best in the world. I came to Snowmass numerous times. I alternated with St. Moritz and Zermatt in Switzerland; Davos, Kitzbühel, and Bad Gastein in Austria; Heavenly Valley, Squaw Valley, Deer Valley, Park City, Snowbird, Sun Valley, Big Sky, Steamboat, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, in the United States; and Whistler, Sunshine, Lake Louise, Panorama, and Big White in Canada, plus, many other smaller resorts. I always came back.Snowmass is the finest of all of these resorts. That is why I own a home here and have bought and sold condos. I did not come to Snowmass to make money. I came for the lifestyle and to ski, bike, breathe fresh air, and become friends with some of the nicest people on earth – the ones who live here.I strongly oppose Base Village. Snowmass is not the place for uncontrolled and greedy development. Aspen Highlands has been ruined by greedy developers. Of course they are losing money, but the mess they caused can never be repaired, and it will cost them and the investors many dollars.To ruin Snowmass would be a tragedy. There are enough shops and restaurants making little or no profit, therefore, more is not the answer. Those who are unhappy can take the short drive into Aspen. Snowmass is unique in this world. It is not a place for developers to make money. I am a developer, and a good developer can make money in Canada, New York, Los Angeles and all over the world. We do not have to ruin Snowmass to become wealthy. I am sad that a Canadian company has come here to ruin the “nicest place on Earth,” and I am sad that an American conglomerate that is highly profitable found this necessary.I hope everyone remembers why they visit and live here, it’s for the “quality of life.” Please, let’s not ruin Snowmass for money and greed. Too many places in the world have gone that path. Please stop Base Village!Norbert Hansch (Canadian citizen)Snowmass Village
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