Interlude to preclude future splash events for Wintersköl
Aspen Times Staff Writer
With a little less nudity and a lot more technical jumps, the annual Wintersköl splash in Snowmass drew a sizable crowd last Sunday.
But according to the president of the Interlude Condominium Association, it was the last splash to be launched off that piece of property.
“This is nothing new – all of the people relative to this [event] were told in no uncertain terms that this was it, and we don’t want to be exposed to it anymore,” said Harland Adams, after watching the splash from a balcony at the Interlude. The runway and a portion of the jump for the event run across the association’s property.
This year’s splash was almost canceled when the adjacent property owners said they wanted to be declared blameless for any injuries or mishaps that might happen on their property. They also claimed that a substantial amount of property damage had been caused during past splashes.
The property owners later approved the splash, saying they had been offered an indemnity contract from the Snowmass Village Resort Association.
Adams said organizers are aware of the decision of the property owners to disenfranchise themselves from the event, but the Snowmass Village Resort Association’s interim president disagreed.
“I was unaware that that was how he felt or that it was the last one,” Brett Huske said. “We never had a discussion of that nature.”
Huske said it was the first Snowmass Splash planned by the SVRA and that he was pleased with how successful it was.
“I heard some complaints from people who didn’t like this or that, but I think you need to remember, although this event has gone on for years, that was our first,” he said. “There’s a bit of a learning curve, and we understand and accept comments as such.”
Adams said the members of the Interlude’s board of managers felt that the risk of participants severely injuring themselves was too much of a risk and couldn’t be wiped off their collective consciences with an indemnity agreement.
“The agreement gave enough of a comfort level to let it go on and do it this year, but just because someone indemnifies us doesn’t keep us from being named in a lawsuit,” he said. “It doesn’t mean I don’t have to spend weeks or months in depositions, coming out here against my will because someone wants to oppose me.”
Adams said he and his wife agreed Sunday that the splash was a great event, but he and the owners of the Interlude just don’t want any injuries to occur in future competitions.
“They can go ahead and do their thing some other way,” he said. “It would be great if there was some other venue that would draw people the way this event does.”
Marcus Morton, who has planned past ski splash events, said he is looking for an Aspen venue for the future of the splash. Although he wouldn’t specify, he said he has “checked out a couple of new locations here in Aspen.”
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