Snowmass lodge to remain as is, for now |

Snowmass lodge to remain as is, for now

SNOWMASS VILLAGE The new owner of the Snowmass Mountain Chalet plans to continue running the establishment as a hotel for now.But ultimately, lodge is expected to be part of a broader redevelopment plan for the existing Snowmass Village Mall and its immediate surroundings, said Aspen attorney Joe Krabacher.Krabacher represents developer Pat Smith and the Related/WestPac partnership that has purchased the mall, the Base Village development site, the Snowmass Center and other properties in the upper Roaring Fork Valley. Smith and his partners most recently were the buyers of the Snowmass Mountain Chalet, for a reported price of $22.5 million.The plan is to continue to operate the lodge as it currently exists, Krabacher said, until we can get some redevelopment plan approved by the town.The Chalets general manager, Mary Harris, concurred, saying that everythings going to stay as it is. Were not going to skip a beat here for at least two years.Krabacher said the owners are working with Design Workshop to come up with a proposal for the Chalet site, which currently is taken up by a 37,747-square-foot lodge on about 12,000 square feet of land, according to county records.The building, at present, is a four-story, 64-room hotel located at 115 Daly Lane, just below the Snowmass Village Mall. It was built in 1967 and then remodeled in 1985. Except for minor modifications and upgrades, the building has remained essentially unchanged in the last two decades, Krabacher said.He explained that the plans for redeveloping the Chalet site are expected to complement the much-debated West Village Master Plan, which would cover redevelopment of the existing Snowmass Village Mall and the areas immediately adjacent to the mall.The West Village Master Plan was last debated by the Town Council in late 2006, Krabacher said, but talks were suspended while the town worked out some legal ownership issues with longtime Snowmass area property owners and developers Jim Chaffin and Jim Light. Krabacher said ultimately, the new owners of the Chalet would be most likely to use the land for “some sort of condo-hotel, with residential mixed uses,” but that it depends on what the town will approve.John Colson’s e-mail address is

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