Business as Usual: All about that Base (Camp)
Editor’s note: Business as Usual is a series highlighting local businesses in Snowmass Village. It is published weekly in the Snowmass Sun.
Opened by a team effort and with lots of local support six years ago, Base Camp Bar & Grill has held down the fort in Base Village for six years, longer than any other dining spot in that part of Snowmass. Base Camp uses its two stories to offer guests different atmospheres to choose from, and with regular live music, a well-developed menu and wide-open patios facing the slopes, it’s easy to see how it has established itself as a place to be for locals and visitors alike.
Snowmass Sun: How did your business start?
David Dugan: When the economy turned and Junk/Liquid Sky shut their doors, a group of local guys approached Related Colorado with a short-term proposal to reopen the space as a bar and grill with a little more familiar and comfortable atmosphere. We signed a lease for half a winter season, and in a little over two weeks, we opened the doors on a jam-packed Presidents Day weekend. Trial by fire for sure, but we pulled it off and had a great grand opening.
So many friends and family rallied long days and late nights to help us remodel and retool the space in such a short time. It was an incredible example of the effort and support the valley provides when called upon. Six years later, we’re still the go-to spot in Snowmass.
Snowmass Sun: What services or goods do you sell?
David Dugan: Reasonably priced gastro-pub style menu with classic dishes like cast-iron mac and cheese, salmon BLT and steak frites prepared exceptionally well, a mixologist-caliber drink menu and over 30 Colorado craft beers. Our goal is simple: great food and drink in a lively, fun atmosphere.
Snowmass Sun: What makes your business unique?
David Dugan: A combination of the local vibe, enthusiastic visitors and guests, consistently great food and exciting drink menus, plus retaining a bit of the old-school apres bar-and-grill atmosphere. Our location at the base makes for a great morning launch, the place to meet for lunch as well as the spot to gather and reconnect after the day’s activities for apres and dinner.
Snowmass Sun: Who is your primary clientele?
David Dugan: Valley locals and visitors alike. You’ll run into everyone from couch-surfing professional mountaineers to generation-spanning family reunions to A-list celebrities at Base Camp. Our founding motto of “All Is Welcome” (a tribute to our friend Chip Johnson) still rings true.
Snowmass Sun: What is the best thing about running a business in Snowmass?
David Dugan: The people. Hands down.