The plan falls into place | AspenTimes.com

The plan falls into place

In a 1994 interview conducted by Annie Gilbert with Jim Snobble for the Aspen Historical Society about the development of the Snowmass ski area, he discussed his role in the planning of lifts and trails and where things would be built. In the early days, it was Hal Hartman, Tom Marshall and himself who went out, scoped the areas, placed markers and made plans. However, once they got the area operating as a resort, Snobble spent more of his time working with the operations, though still involved in lift locations and trails and general work on the mountain. More and more Hartman and Marshall did most of the layout as the mountain expanded and the development of base areas took hold. “Tom Marshall did a lot,” according to Snobble, “people thought it closed down in the spring, but the day after you close down in the spring you have to get ready to open in the fall — lift maintenance, trail maintenance, trail work, summer operations of spot dozing, timber cutting in places, maintenance of the buildings, painting, fixing things up, maintenance of the equipment, snow cats and such — It’s just a never ending circle of work that goes on— lift divisions, even ski patrol has work all summer long — with telephones, putting signs up and taking them down, putting tower pads away.” Pictured is Marshall, who worked for the Ski Co in Snowmass as assistant patrol leader, looking over plans for the Snowmass Resort in 1971.


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