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Base Village needed for the children

My name is Sue Way. I have worked in Snowmass Village since 1982. I am the current childrens director for the Aspen Skiing Co. Ski & Snowboard Schools.I feel very fortunate to work with a group of young professionals from here and around the the world. These young mens and womens services are why families come to Snowmass Village and return year after year.The future of Snowmass Village concerns me for a for a number of reasons. l am concerned about the vitality of the village for our employees, our community members and our guests. The young people living here are the key to our future. They would love to stay and have the opportunity to raise families here.Community members and business owners would also like the opportunity to be able to remain. They need a community that is productive and offers that future. We need to have businesses stay open and families to be able to afford to continue living in the village.We are proud that Snowmass Village is and has been for many years a resort community. We all realize the wonderful mountain we have to offer the world. As a number one family resort, however, we are unable to give our guests a top quality child-care facility. I have traveled to many ski areas and know our current facility is grossly outdated.It is dangerous to walk down Daly Lane (our main access) at 9:15 in the morning or at the end of the day at 3:15. This one area is used for dropping off guests, food deliveries and handicap access. I would like to dare anybody to go by, to witness the congestion. My sincere hope is that you survive walking by the buses that are are pulling in and out.Fanny Hill (chair 18) during the high season has a 45-minute wait. We refer to it as the chair to nowhere since guests are simply trying to go somewhere else. Keep in mind our youngest guests are mixed into this crowd. This is the chair the kids ski school classes use.Our parents are wonderful, but confused and exhausted. We ask them to drop their children off at four different locations! We often see how other ski areas have a much friendlier layout. We offer a fantastic experience for their children and have an unbelievable reputation for instruction, but how much longer will these guests return to our mountain if it is a constant battle to survive?We need Base Village. We need to keep Snowmass Village alive and well for the future. We cannot be selfish. Please, we need to think of the children and the young people of the future. Thank you.Sue WayCarbondale

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