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Skico unveils plan for children’s center

Aspen Times StaffAspen, CO Colorado
An artist's rendering depicts the Fox Den, one of several themed rooms in the planned Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center that will open at Snowmass for the next ski season. The Aspen Skiing Co. unveiled plans for the new facility on Tuesday. (Courtesy Aspen Skiing Co.)
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SNOWMASS A $17 million childrens center will open for the 2007-08 ski season at Base Village in Snowmass, making it the largest capital project in the companys history, the Skico announced Tuesday.Snowmass, where the Base Village development is ongoing, has seen more than $45 million in on-mountain and ski facility improvements in the last two years, including what is planned this summer most notably, construction of the two-story, 25,000-square-foot Treehouse Kids Adventure Center, to be located at the intersection of the three new lifts on Fanny Hill.The focal point for kids programming at Aspen/Snowmass, the Treehouse will house a family-friendly climbing gym, teen activities, kids retail items and a host of themed rooms for youngsters, ages eight weeks and older. In addition, Ski & Snowboard Schools check-in, rental and retail operations, and family aprs entertainment will be consolidated under one roof.The Treehouse Kids Adventure Center in Snowmass is the centerpiece of the renaissance of Snowmass and will take the family experience to an entirely new level, said David Perry, senior vice president of the Skicos Mountain Division, in a press release issued Tuesday by the company. In addition, the 2007-08 season will bring the debut of the Elk Camp Meadows beginners area at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, with a new quad chair, two new surface lifts and six acres of terrain dedicated exclusively to beginners.At the base area, the Treehouse will be designed to bring the outdoors inside, according to the Skico. It will offer hands-on interactive activities for children, whether theyre nestled in the colorful Butterfly Room, wriggling in the Fox Den, jumping in Trout Haven or crawling through Beaver Lodge, said the press release. Each rooms design will be tailored for a specific age group. Eagle Peak, an open, multipurpose room will be the center of activity for families and kids. It will house the rental shop, overnight ski/snowboard storage, kitchen and cafeteria, and a large space for group entertainment such as themed teen and family nights. Eagle Peak is located on the plaza level with direct access to the slopes. The convertible roof will be used for an aprs and evening activity zone.The Alpine Climbing Room will feature a custom-designed childrens museum, climbing wall and Nature Shack, while the Bear Den, designed for three- and four-year-olds, will host a puppet show theater, napping loft and offer age-appropriate interactive games. The future base village will also feature a 15,000-square-foot conference space, 64,000 square feet of new shops and restaurants, a community aquatic center, a 246-unit conference hotel, The Little Nell at Snowmass, and 359 condominiums.Already existing on-mountain improvements associated with Base Village include the Village Express six-pack lift and Sky Cab gondola, which debuted with the 2005-06 season, and the new Elk Camp Gondola, which began operations this winter. The entire base village project is slated for completion in 2011.


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