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Rationalization and excuses

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:

The Snowmass Town Council is now discussing mitigation and community benefits of the excessive size and adverse consequences of the proposed Base Village. One example is on-mountain ski-lift changes, which, in summary, are longer six-pack lifts and a gondola halfway up Elk Camp.

The six-packs will save a minute or two of lift time, but add crowding and confusion. A halfway gondola is not impressive, and its essential purpose is to move more skiers halfway up the mountain so Fanny Hill doesn’t become more crowded with skiers due to Base Village. With a mix of pros and cons, the essential feature of the plan is to accommodate more skiers, when our lifts are not crowded today.

The lift plan is thus a consequence of the huge size of Base Village.

Like any business, ski facilities need periodic modernization. The increased capacity proposed relates to more skiers forecasted and thus greater revenue from lift ticket sales. Sounds like business as usual.

Town Council has voiced approval of the on-mountain plan as a community benefit, to compensate for the adverse effects of the excessive size of Base Village. Nonsense. I have always believed community benefits were items of real substance, such as dedication of land for open space purposes. Council is again showing an unbalanced view of Base Village, encouraging an excessive development with rationalization, bias and excuses.

Jim Heywood

Snowmass Village


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