Please plan carefully
March 7, 2002
I want to affirm the points raised by Dale Rands and Monica Bancroft in their letter to the editor on March 5: “Snowmass is more than just a base.”
If the Skico and Intrawest really intend to make Snowmass a premier family destination resort they must not compromise the on-mountain experience for the sake of saving some short-term dollars. Their short-term savings will surely turn into a long-term nightmare of lost revenue and profits for the entire village.
The Skico and Intrawest need to spend more time with their customers on the mountain in order to learn what skiers prefer and what they won’t be pushed into.
The removal of the Coney Glade lift is totally wrongheaded. The new Sam’s Knob Express lift needs to start at Base Village if the Fanny Hill lift is removed, as presently contemplated.
I’ve never been able to figure out the benefit of the new open air cabriolet to the mall other than to appease the major mall landowners. It is clear to most of us that when the new Base Village is built the mall as presently conceived will be a ghost town.
A better solution would be to scrap the cabriolet (also a cost savings) and have the Skico, Intrawest and the mall landowners form a venture to redevelop the mall as a “hot-bed” residential area and expanded conference facilities, and then further increase the retail and skier services in the new Base Village.
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This plan would reduce some of the residential density and mass in the Base Village which, as currently conceived, is well beyond what would be acceptable in Snowmass Village.
I believe that the new Base Village is essential to the survival and growth of this resort in a very competitive marketplace.
It is my hope and belief that the Skico, Intrawest, the surrounding landowners and the Town Council all will work together to ensure that the Base Village development project, as well as the surrounding development projects (on-mountain improvements and lifts, Snowmass Center, Conoco property and hopefully the mall), will be a positive step forward for everyone in the village and for the guests we depend upon for the survival of this piece of heaven on earth.
Mel D. Blumenthal