Snowmass In Brief: Sinkhole on Brush Creek; rodeo is approaching

Staff report
Children participate in the popular mutton busting competition during the Snowmass Rodeo.
Austin Colbert/Snowmass Sun file photo

Sinkhole impacts Brush Creek Road

A sinkhole developed on June 2 at approximately 4 p.m. on the edge of Brush Creek Road immediately downhill of Lower Kearns Road.

Town of Snowmass Village Public Works Department responded to the emerging situation and will continue to work with agency partners to assess and stabilize the area. The sinkhole has exposed some critical utilities, which will be addressed as part of the stabilization.  

Traffic will be impacted as the situation develops. Single-lane, traffic control measures will be in place in the affected area. Please obey all emergency service signage and personnel. The route to the Snowmass Center is currently detoured to Upper Kearns Road. 

An incident command is in place to manage the response to the situation. This is a developing situation. Updates will be provided at and on the Town’s social media: 

Anderson Ranch Arts Center announces 2023 Recognition Week Live Auction Preview

The Recognition Week Live Auction Preview will be on display and open to the public in the Anderson Ranch Arts Center Patton-Malott Gallery from June 19-July 12. This year’s auction is a celebration of contemporary ceramic artwork. The auction will focus on ceramics only, paying tribute to Anderson Ranch’s historical foundation of ceramic art while celebrating a new generation of contemporary ceramic artists. All of the artists and galleries have generously donated their work to support the fundraising goals of Anderson Ranch Arts Center. The collection will feature the work of acclaimed artists including:

  • Kazunori Hamana 
  • Roger Herman
  • Yukiko Kuroda 
  • Hun Chung Lee 
  • Erin Jane Nelson 
  • Jun Kaneko
  • Kathy Ruttenberg
  • Arlene Shechet
  • Katie Stout
  • Bari Ziperstein

“Ceramics are one of the most prominent and creative mediums of contemporary artists of our time” shared Philae Knight, senior client advisory director at Phillips and chair of the Anderson Ranch Auction Committee. “We chose to focus on ceramics in this year’s auction to celebrate its essential history at the core of Anderson Ranch’s artistic experiences. Embedded in this highly-curated selection of works are narratives connecting ancient and contemporary techniques and aesthetics, alongside current themes of identity and environment, to name a few. We are absolutely thrilled by the generosity of these artists and their support for the work being done at Anderson Ranch.” 

These works will be sold during the live auction on Thursday, July 13, at the annual Recognition Dinner. Proceeds from the auction will support emerging artists with scholarship aid and access to career-enhancing faculty and facilities. 

Bidding will be available to all those attending the Recognition Dinner and to a global audience via absentee or telephone bidding. Contact Artistic Programs Manager Meriwether McClorey at 248.854.7526 or email for more information about the auction process.

Snowmass Rendezvous returns 

Snowmass Rendezvous returns to Snowmass for its seventh year of libations and fun. From 2-6 p.m. there are exploration, games, bottomless adult beverages, tastings, and live music. Tickets give access to multiple Rendezvous venues around the village, complete with unlimited wine, beer, and spirit tastings, outdoor gear activations, games, and more. End the evening with a free concert on Fanny Hill, presented by Two Parts. The free concert features Goodnight, Texas, an American folk rock band, taking the stage at 7:30 p.m., with opener Extra Gold kicking things off at 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Ninth year of Ragnar Trail Snowmass

Ragnar Trail Colorado returns for the ninth year in 2023 for a gritty trifecta ofscenic trail running loops on June 9 and 10. Each trail loop begins and ends at Ragnar Village in Snowmass Town Park. Teams of eight run relay style, rotating through three loops, varying from easy to difficult, over a 24-hour period. The race includes costumes, camaraderie, stunning views, and a host of Ragnar community spirit:

Snowmass Rodeo is coming up

The Snowmass Rodeo celebrates 49 years of operations this summer.

This long-standing Western tradition is a Snowmass summer staple, complete with music, cowboys and cowgirls, horses, livestock, and family fun.

Spend Wednesday night all summer at The Snowmass Rodeo takes place rain or shine. 

The main event begins at 7 p.m., but when the doors open at 5 p.m., so does the fun. Head in early for the petting zoo, mechanical bull rides, shopping and dinner. If your kiddo is up to the challenge of Mutton Bustin’, be sure to sign up at 5:30 p.m.

Due to the increased parking restrictions, no parking will be allowed on any of the roadway shoulders near the event.

Rodeo guests are encouraged to use public transportation from the Brush Creek Park & Ride and the Base Village Parking Garage. Parking is limited this summer at the Rodeo Lot and in the gravel lot at Black Saddle. Overflow parking is available at the Two Creeks Parking Lot, as well as at Anderson Ranch Arts Center/Snowmass Chapel. Free shuttles are available on a loop to the Rodeo Grounds from these lots.

If you are staying in Snowmass, your lodging may provide a ride to and from the rodeo.