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Intrawest eyes new real estate offices in Snowmass and Aspen

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

By Christmas, Intrawest hopes to have two new real estate sales offices open to sell new condos at the Snowmass Club and to generate interest in the proposed Base Village project.

The company will go before the Snowmass Village Planning Commission on Wednesday to seek a temporary use permit for a sales center at the bottom of the Fanny Hill ski trail at the base of the Snowmass ski area.

If approved, Intrawest will place a 14-by-40-foot trailer with a 450-square-foot deck just below the Fanny Hill ticket office. The sales center, or “Discovery Center,” as Intrawest calls it, would be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A drawing of the trailer portrays the exterior as resembling the current Fanny Hill ticket office.

“It will sell the Sanctuary product at the Snowmass Club, and it will be a good spot to have the Base Village model and the preliminary plan application,” said Paul Shepherd, an Intrawest vice president.

The temporary use permit also requires approval from the Snowmass Village Town Council, which approved a similar temporary sales office for the Timbers project on Assay Hill.

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The company, in partnership with the Aspen Skiing Co., has conceptual approval for a new village at the base of Snowmass and plans on submitting a more detailed application for the project this month.

The Sanctuary is the name of the next phase of fractional ownership condos to be built at the Snowmass Club. Intrawest plans to market the Base Village real estate under the name of “Snowmass Village.”

Intrawest is also working on a sales office in downtown Aspen to sell the Sanctuary and generate interest in “Snowmass Village.”

The company, and the owners of the building, the Wood Family Partnership, are awaiting approval of a building permit to remodel the interior of the former Aspen Drug space on the corner of Hyman and Galena.

According to plans submitted to the city, the $300,000 remodel will include a media room with a theater where Intrawest can show prospective buyers videos of the products at the Snowmass Club and Base Village.

“Hopefully, that will also be open by Christmas,” Shepherd said.

[Brent Gardner-Smith’s e-mail address is bgs@aspentimes.com]