Work begins on clubhouse
Ski season may be a few months away, but there was a lot of talk about skiing yesterday during groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club facility.
The AVSC’s Friedl Pfeifer Clubhouse project began yesterday on land adjacent to the Aspen schools campus, on the Moore property. When finished, the clubhouse will give athletes, coaches and youths in the program a long-desired home under one roof.
“Groundbreaking on the Friedl Pfeifer Clubhouse marks a milestone in this organization’s 63-year history,” said AVSC executive director Toby Morse. “The [clubhouse] will not only be an athletic training facility, but also a place to meet your friends and dream of great things for the future.”
The 10,000-square-foot building will provide a facility where all the athletes and participants can gather before and after competitions. A large common area will be named the Josh Hane Memorial Commons in honor of a former AVSC nordic athlete who was killed in a mountain-climbing accident.
Currently, the club operates out of an old administration building at the base of the original Lift One on Aspen Mountain. The alpine team has a ramshackle building at the top of Mill Street, the nordic team uses an old shed near Iselin Field and the snowboard team has never had a clubhouse.
The new clubhouse will provide ample space for both kids and administration. The site has room for a courtyard, which will be used for dry-land training, outdoor gatherings and award ceremonies. The building will feature lockers, changing areas, showers, offices, several multipurpose rooms and a small kitchen.
The clubhouse is expected to be finished in time for the 2000-2001 ski season. The project was made possible through contributions by Gerald Hines, Tom Moore, Michele Pfeifer, Dick Butera, the Bohen Foundation, and other contributor’s to AVSC’s capital campaign.
The club was originally founded in 1937 under the name Roaring Fork Winter Sports Club. Over the past 60 years, the club’s mission has always been “to provide quality skiing programs for youth of the Roaring Fork Valley.”
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