Letter: Swimming pool and fountains or ice rink and fountains?

I was speechless. Almost fell over in my chair at the Snowmass Village Town Council meeting when Mayor Markey Butler asked Town Manager Clint Kinney to include in the soon-to-be released Snowmass Village Survey on Question 5: Would you support an aerial gondola mass-transit system as a means to improve traffic flow and traffic congestion?

I regained my balance when I heard Councilman Chris Jacobson remark how environmentally friendly, efficient and … that maybe we should explore an aerial connection to the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport via Brush Creek Intercept Lot — especially now — since the airport is needing to reconfigure its airfield.

Well, perfect timing — as on 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Limelight Hotel, the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is hosting a visioning session to discuss the future of the airport.

Why not include an aerial form of transportation connecting the airport to Snowmass and Aspen and Highlands?

Next on Snowmass council agenda …what to do? … have Related Colorado build a swimming pool with fountains or an ice rink with fountains?

“What is the best way to give people something to do creating the ‘vibe’ or vibrancy needed?” asked Councilwoman Alyssa Shenk.

Continuing the decision until Monday night, Snowmass Village Town Council is resuming public comment. Is it better to have a swimming pool with fountains or an ice rink with fountains in the Base Village plaza?

For me, I hope the council will consider looking at the existing Snowmass Recreation Center swimming pools and what they don’t offer, and then work with Related and Aspen Skiing Co. to design the Base Village pool, which complements the rec center.

Riding an aerial gondola connection from the airport to either Snowmass, Aspen or Highlands is just smart. Creating a Base Village pool that complements the Snowmass rec center is even smarter, especially if you can ride the Snowmass Aerial between Base Village and the rec center (via Town Center).

Toni Kronberg

Old Snowmass