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History: The ‘great white hope’

Aspen Historical Society
Special to the Sun

In 1984, a large construction project was underway that would be completed by summer the following year. Called the "great white hope" in the Nov. 15, 1984, issue of The Aspen Times, the new town conference center was anticipated to bring in "groups from coast to coast." The Snowmass Resort Association said groups were already booking seven years out. "The impact this center is going to have here is just starting to hit home," Jim Bray, who was in charge of the center for the association, told the Times. "This is going to be the greatest thing to happen to this town since they opened up the mountain."

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