Snowmass History: Roads in the making, 1966 |

Snowmass History: Roads in the making, 1966

Aspen Historical Society
A man on a backhoe working to make roads to access the planned residential areas on the Snowmass Ski Area, 1966. Photo taken by Stewart Iskow.
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“Heavy equipment turns the earth to form roads which will give all-weather access to residential areas hidden in tall stands of aspen and pine above the first village. Roads will be county maintained. Residential areas have been planned so that skiers may don skies at their homes, then ski down to the first chairlift. At the end of the day, they can easily return home on skis,” touted the Aspen Illustrated News in fall 1966. The article went on to explain, “Everything must be in order, on schedule for the opening, construction, development and promotion take place. But a schedule must be maintained in order to satisfy investors. Snowmass-at-Aspen is on schedule.”