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Excellent job, Skico

Dear Editor:

On behalf of my family and friends, I wanted to offer a hearty thank-you to Mike Kaplan and Jim Crown and family of Aspen Skiing Co. for hosting a communitywide, open house party at the new Elk Camp restaurant at Snowmass Ski Area.

It’s rare that I get to see so many locals in one place – and with music, libations and food to match! The venue is indicative of what I would call the rebirth of Snowmass Village (at least since the economic stall after the credit crisis): the repositioning of the Viceroy, the revamped Westin, Wildwood and Ranger bars (with New Belgium craft brews), etc.

Skico has come up with a fun, spirited activity for the whole family – locals and tourists – on Friday nights: gondola up to night sledding and Ullr’s warm-up bonfire. Mike also reached out to the Aspen Art Museum for a local-themed contemporary art wall per the Aspen Art Museum phrase “Give more than you take,” and we all benefit in the end – business development, job creation, tourism revenue, outdoor sports and culture. This is what makes our community so special for us to live in and so attractive to visitors.

Gordon Ledingham

Snowmass Village