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Posh club won’t be W/J perk after all

Allyn Harvey

W/J Ranch President John Musick vowed last night to sue the AspenSkiing Co. in Federal District Court after learning that W/J residentsprobably wouldn’t be welcome at the private club planned for thetop of Aspen Mountain.”They’ve got a bigger enemy than they ever thought they had,”Musick said. “Somebody has to stand up for the Janes and Joesaround here.”Musick faxed a letter yesterday to Skico CEO Pat O’Donnell requestinginformation on reserving 100 spots at the club for the futurerecipients of free lots at W/J Ranch. (The letter appears on page9-A.)The Skico is about to begin construction of a new Sundeck restaurantatop Aspen Mountain that will also include the private Aspen MountainClub for 350 to 400 people. The cost of membership is $50,000to join, plus several thousand dollars per person in annual dues.Musick planned to pay for the memberships through fees of “lessthan $50 per month” assessed the lucky homeowners who are selectedas members. Musick’s application to build 778 affordable housing units atW/J Ranch on McLain Flats was rejected last fall by the Boardof County Commissioners. He subsequently promised people freelots on the property, so they could build the houses themselves,and began taking names of lot recipients on election day lastNovember. So far, Musick said, no one has received a deed to theirlot. By including 100 W/J homeowners in the club, Musick said the Skicocould “re-establish balance” to its customer base. “The advantageto the local community is even more obvious: re-creation of theegalitarian community of real skiers, which, over time, has beenlost due to government sponsorship of the mega-rich non-skiers,”Musick wrote. Eric Calderon, Skico vice president and manager of The LittleNell, said the memberships weren’t for sale in the traditionalsense. “It’s not like an athletic club,” he said.Membership is by invitation only, and requires approval from amembership committee and the club’s current members – as manycountry clubs are organized. So far, Calderon said, nearly 100people have joined the new club.”I’m not even sure that John Musick would be accepted by a majorityof the members,” Calderon said.O’Donnell was not available for comment.


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