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Leah Moriarty knows what makes Snowmass special

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun
Walker, Caroline, Leah and Bill Moriarty attend one of Walker's football games at Dickinson College. Leah Moriarty, Walker's mom, moved to Snowmass Village in 1980 and has raised her family and built her career here.
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In Leah Moriarty’s early years living in Snowmass Village, someone told her life in the Roaring Fork Valley was about giving, not getting. That’s definitely how she prioritizes her life: photographing Aspen High School sports just so parents and students can have pictures, participating at the Snowmass Chapel and stopping to help lost tourists. Full of energy, she never complains about any of it but instead remarks how blessed she is to call Snowmass home.

Moriarty was raised in Maryland, but her parents went to college in Colorado and always talked about moving West. She spent 10 days skiing powder in Snowmass in 1979 and decided, “that’s my place.”

“I bought a one-way ticket when I was 19,” Moriarty said.

Moriarty’s first job was at Snowmass Real Estate. Now a broker at B.J. Adams and Co., she said she learned a lot during that first job that helped her build her career.

“People can only show you the door,” she says. “You have to bust through it.”

She’s one of the few people in the Valley who has only had two jobs throughout her time here. However, she doesn’t consider real estate part of her identity.

The mother of two says she loves raising her kids in a place where everyone from ski patrollers to business owners can keep an eye on them, and where she can do the same for others. Her son Walker is a senior at Dickinson College, where he is the captain of the football team, and her daughter Caroline is a freshman at Aspen High School.

“It takes a village,” she said. “I don’t take that lightly.”

Her biggest passion is shooting photos of Aspen school district sports, which she shares with parents, athletes and even sometimes the high school yearbook. When something happened to her camera, her friends chipped in and bought her a digital camera and lens so she could keep shooting.

“This community’s unbelievable,” she said. “I’m passionate about the kids, all the kids.”

An active member of the Snowmass Chapel, Moriarty says one of the beauties of a small town is the connections you make — taking time to talk to someone at the post office or lend a hand when a tourist is lost. She jokes that she wants to buy a golf cart when she retires and drive around helping lost people get where they need to go.

“I love sharing the ins and outs of this special place,” she said.

An active family, her kids have always played sports and done outdoor activitwies as a family.

“If you don’t play in the backcountry, you might as well go home,” she said.

It might be hard for some visitors to get to Snowmass, but that’s part of what makes the village the place it is, she said, and it’s up to the community to preserve that character.

“Let’s keep in mind what really makes this place special — it’s the heart,” she said.

Moriarty has lived in Snowmass Village for 34 years now, and says she never thought about living anywhere else in the Valley.

“We have a motto at home: We are so blessed,” she said.


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