Too much in Snowmass
Dear Editor:It’s too big.This is not our only chance to have an appropriately sized Base Village. That is just what Intrawest, the Aspen Skiing Co. and Mr. Crown want us to believe. To vote for this Base Village because Mr. Crown threatens not to come back with “Base Village Lite” (I don’t believe him for a second), or because it’s better than nothing, does our community and this mountain a great disservice.A vote for this Base Village based on fear or greed is wrong. This mountain, rated one of the top five in the country, would be better served by a smaller project that is within the ballpark of the comprehensive plan, which was approved in ’98 by the Snowmass Town Council and paid for by local taxpayers.Ask why, philosophically and practically, is not a slightly smaller, more unique Base Village more intrinsically valuable, marketable and sustainable? The answer is that Intrawest, a publicly traded company, always needs to maximize its bottom line for the benefit of its shareholders and in this case its partner, the Crowns. I say also at Snowmass Village’s expense.Is Intrawest’s loyalty to their shareholders or to the town of Snowmass? Fear statements about amenities/mountain improvements vs. real estate and the Skico signing up short timers to vote is what will, unfortunately, most likely result in the passing of Base Village.This is one of the true skiing gems of North America. We should not have to approve this project to get deferred mountain improvements. As others have said, 10 Glenwood Wal-Marts stacked decoratively and aesthetically around the small base area of this beautiful mountain. Or, as also said by another, 100 10,000-square-foot monster homes stacked all over the relatively small base area. Talk about eliminating mountain town charm or feel! It’s not about the architecture. It’s too big.I grew up skiing here before lifts were operational on the mountain; we need a Base Village, not Monster Base. One should not be fooled into thinking this is our only chance. It simply isn’t true. The land and this area are far too valuable to walk away from. He/they will come back with “Base Village Lite” or sell it to someone who will.There are many issues associated with this project, which one could discuss. Parking, growing an industry that has been flat for many years, and selling units for $900 per square foot-plus to people who will supposedly rent. Or how about staffing? Who are all these new purchasers, skiers/boarders and employees? Picture something very large and very empty. Give us the opportunity for an appropriately sized Base Village. Let’s just vote no.Jeffrey HallSnowmass Village
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