Letter: In defense of Ace Lane | AspenTimes.com

Letter: In defense of Ace Lane

Back in early November, the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission voted to recommend denial of Ace Lane’s Tree Farm project in El Jebel. The board voted 6-0 against the project in an advisory vote to the Eagle County commissioners. In the various meetings leading up to the vote and in subsequent conversations, I have heard Ace characterized as an individual motivated by greed, someone out for his own interests and just another developer looking to get rich.

This is not the Ace Lane I know.

For more than a decade, Ace has been a key supporter of Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, where I have been the longtime executive director. He has been especially helpful in funding our needs in risk management: paying for our lease of a fleet of vehicles so we could get rid of the rollover-prone 15-passenger vans we used to have and purchasing some miles of protective fencing for our race arenas.

He has directed donations to support our adaptive program. We recently hosted the International Paralympic Committee World Cup Finals on Aspen Mountain and Tiehack. More important than writing checks, Ace has served on the AVSC board of directors for the past six years. In board discussions, he speaks from the heart in a way that compels others to listen, and his thoughtful ideas come from a place of deep caring.

Ace has helped me grow as executive director and has helped shape what AVSC has become in our service to the community. Ace also opens his Tree Farm property to thousands every year, including hosting XTERRA Triathlons the past two summers. The proceeds from the XTERRA competitions don’t line his pockets, they are donated to Sons of the Flag, an organization that advocates for and provides support to burn victims.

In my role as AVSC’s executive director, I have been cautious about expressing my personal opinions in the newspaper. But I am compelled to write and want to share some perspectives that while they are informed through my involvement with AVSC, they are simply my personal opinions.

Think and say what you want about the Tree Farm project, but please don’t malign the character of the man behind it: Ace Lane. Ace is one of the most caring and innovative leaders in the area. He does more than most to make our valley the special place it is.

Mark Cole


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