Snowpuppies’ future uncertain |

Snowpuppies’ future uncertain

Jeremy Heiman

According to some reports, the long-running children’s ski school at Aspen Highlands may have to shut down at the end of the current ski season.

But officials at the Aspen Skiing Co. and the director of Snowpuppies say they are hoping an agreement can be reached that would keep the 24-year-old school in business.

Snowpuppies is an independent contractor, and the school’s contract with the Skico expires at season’s end. Construction at the base of Highlands has made the area much less friendly to a children’s teaching program, with changes to terrain and lifts.

But Skico officials insist that no decision has been made on the school’s future.

“We’re trying to figure out how to make this happen,” said Skico Communications Director Rose Abello.

The company doesn’t know whether there’s a place for the school, she said. It’s been moved a couple of times since construction began, and is now in a temporary, fabric building.

Snowpuppies owner and founder Kristin Lawrence said she won’t comment on the school’s future because she is still negotiating with the Skico. Abello said the Skico hopes to reach a decision in May.

Skier Bill Becker, of Vero Beach, Fla., said during a trip to Aspen last week that he hopes Snowpuppies doesn’t shut down. Lawrence taught him to ski as a child, he said, and now his own children are advancing rapidly on their short visits to Aspen.

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