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Snowmass, a retirement village?

Dear Editor:As a long time visitor to Snowmass I cannot, for the life of me, see why some village residents would not welcome the proposed new Base Village.The arguments put up by most of the proponents of a “No” vote, as recorded in these columns, would seem to indicate “to vote no would result in Snowmass staying more or less as it is now.”If that is their true belief, then perhaps they should project ahead to a resort township that by its own definition does not want to progress.Snowmass in 2005 is no longer the chic ski village it was 10, 20 years ago, and no longer are residents and visitors dancing in their ski boots on the Timbermill tables. Snowmass Mall is now a dated, tired area where few choose to tarry for after-ski fun.To deny Snowmass a new children’s center would smack of pure selfishness. Last year the children’s ski school at Snowmass was recognized in a survey by the London Sunday Times as providing the finest instructors and teaching methods for children in the world. This was achieved from severely limited premises. Right now many parents having to brave crossing the busiest ski run on the mountain to get their precious little ones to the school!The “No Voters” might project forward what would be the effect on our wonderful ski facilities if the “thus far” benevolent Crown Family abandoned Snowmass. Would a new ski operator build the proposed two gondolas or even be able to turn a profit on the current aging lift machinery, in a resort where ski numbers were declining? How would we skiers benefit?The answer “not at all”. We would all lose. Loss of income from reduced visitor numbers would not only result in the need to increase local tariffs and taxes but the value of all village properties would undoubtedly decline.In my humble opinion, a no vote can only serve to change our wonderful ski resort into nothing more than a sleepy retirement village. May be that is exactly what the No Voters are trying to achieve.So please vote yes and secure a future for Snowmass.Terence A. BerreclothSnowmass Village


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