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To a bigger, better Snowmass

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:

January, 1968, Stein Eriksen roared down Fanny Hill, did a complete loop through a huge paper hoop with a large Snowmass flower in the middle – and “Snowmass-at-Aspen” was open for business!

This was the culmination of years of dreams and work by D.R.C. Brown, and Bill and Ed Janss. Plus, so very, very many wonderful, devoted employees of the Aspen Skiing Corp. and the Janss/Colorado Corp.

Its genesis began in the assembling of, some say, 13 separate properties, very secretly, at the Basalt home of longtime Aspen attorney Clint Steward, followed by permission of the Forest Service to the Aspen Skiing Corp. to build a super group of runs on the upper slopes of two of the most beautiful mountains ever!

I pray that the new village at the base of Fanny Hill will be as exciting and cohesive as the mall we built uphill. The camaraderie of we who contributed to the opening was almost incomprehensible – like excited children at Christmas!

My seven young children and their mother stood knee-deep in snow and cheered as Stein made his wonderful opening loop!

Here’s to a bigger and better Snowmass, 36 years later! May the Aspen Skiing Co., the village of Snowmass and Intrawest Properties develop the new village with all the sensitivity and love we gave to the original Snowmass-at-Aspen.

Taylor Gamblin