Snowmass In Brief: Brush Creek Road re-opens; John Bemis Community Potluck returns

People load their plates during the John Bemis Community Potluck on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at Viewline Resort in Snowmass Village.
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Brush Creek Road re-opens

The portion of Brush Creek Road closed for a culvert reconstruction project this year re-opened on the afternoon of Nov. 6. The Town of Snowmass Village would like to thank the community for their patience during this project. 

The road’s re-opening culminates a months-long construction project to repair and improve critical infrastructure for the town. The road has been closed since the middle of May.

The completed project features an improved culvert structure that allows Brush Creek to flow underneath the road without eroding adjacent infrastructure. The culvert also features a multimodal component with a multi-use pathway designed to connect existing trails and pathways. This connection is safer for pedestrians and cyclists because it allows uninterrupted travel underneath the roadway.

Village Shuttle Route #3 resumes regular service from 6:50 a.m.-5:20 p.m., and RFTA service returns to Brush Creek Road stops.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be scheduled for a later date.

Read about the project online at

John Bemis Community Potluck returns

The John Bemis Community Potluck – a beloved free, community Thanksgiving event for more than 30 years – returns to Snowmass on Sunday, Nov. 19, from 4:30-8 p.m. at the Viewline Resort Snowmass, Autograph Collection.  

“I love the Community Potluck. The event is the kickoff to winter, and it allows our community to gather, share their favorite side dish, and enjoy the fellowship of our village,” said Bill Madsen, mayor of the Town of Snowmass Village. ”We are all Snowmass Village people, and the Community Potluck brings full-time residents, part-time residents, and seasonal workers together to share a meal and connect. Thank you to the Bemis family, the Viewline Resort Snowmass, and all the sponsors for making the dinner possible.” 

The event began in the late 1980s as a small gathering at the Snowmass Chapel and has grown over the years to include 500+ people. This year, doors and a cash bar open at 4:30 p.m., while the community blessing takes place at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:15 p.m.  

As in the past, the menu includes turkey, baked ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green-bean casserole, roasted squash and carrots, plus rolls, and cranberry sauce. Community members are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Last names beginning A-K, are asked to bring a side/salad; L-Z last names should bring a dessert. In addition, all are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to local non-profit Harvest For Hunger.  Recommended items include canned and boxed stews, chili, soup, nuts, pasta, sauce, peanut butter, tuna, oatmeal, rice, beans, and macaroni & cheese.  

Thanks to generous support from the Viewline Resort Snowmass, Snowmass Village Rotary Club, Alpine Bank, the Snowmass Chapel, Eastwood Investments, Romero Group, East West Partners, and the Town of Snowmass Village. This free event is open to members of the Snowmass community. 

TOSV selected to participate in Caring Workplace program by Chapman Foundation for Caring Communities

The Town of Snowmass Village has been selected by the Chapman Foundation for Caring Communities (CFCC) to participate in a ground-breaking initiative: the Caring Workplace program. More information on the program can be found at

The selection process was rigorous, as the foundation sought a partner whose values and vision aligned with the ethos of a caring workplace. Snowmass Village’s selection demonstrates the organization’s commitment to fostering empathy, care, and authenticity in leadership.

The town remains dedicated to enhancing its work environment and setting a powerful example for others to follow. The long-term nature of this partnership guarantees sustained growth and development, enriching our capabilities as an organization.