Snowmass History, 1968: Mile of road above Snowmass Village slated for paving

Aspen Historical Society
Men working to pave a section of Independence Pass, 1968. Begun on Aug. 26, the paving of the final dirt section of the Pass (the 11-mile stretch between Aspen and the ghost town of Independence) was completed on Sept. 10, 1968. The rest of the road had been paved during the summer of 1967. A related image is in the Aspen Illustrated News on Sept. 12, 1968 (page 12), with an article about the paving project.
Aspen Historical Society/Aspen Illustrated News Collection

“Mile of road above Snowmass Village slated for paving,” announced The Aspen Times article from Aug. 29, 1968.

“From the village of Snowmass to the new bridge over Snowmass Creek will be hard surface this year, Pitkin County commissioners announced last Friday. The route will be macadamized with several layers of gravel and asphalt, commissioners explained. The same process was used at Woody Creek and McLain Flats in recent years. According to the county board, the project is the first of a series which will put paving on both Snowmass and Capitol creek roads. The Snowmass road (sic) is now the summertime ‘back door’ to the Snowmass-at-Aspen resort. It is closed in winter.”

While officials claim it won’t be needed for several more years, “there has been speculation that the route may someday be the ‘front door’ to the development.” Early September also saw the paving of Brush Creek Road from Highway 82 to the Village, marking “the end of the seemingly infinite saga of the ‘open road.'”