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Wildcat Ranch

One color slide of the Snowmass Ski Area in summer from Wildcat Ranch, circa 1980.
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“Three to four golf courses set for area,” claimed The Aspen Times in October 1969. “The Aspen area may become the (Pinehurst), North Carolina, of the Rockies with three major golf courses in the planning stages and possibilities for a fourth. Aspen Wildcat, the 8,300-acre development between Brush Creek and Snowmass Valley, recently announced that they will complete an 18-hole course next summer near the site of the project’s main lakeside village. The building of the dam and reservoir is already underway. Snowmass-at-Aspen, whose greens were designed by a well known golf course architect, plan to expand their course to 18 holes next summer. The Aspen Municipal Golf Course, an 18-hole area, to be built on a Woody Creek site owned by Tyrell Garth and Sullivan Vagneur, will be completed by the summer of 1971. A fourth possibility is for a 19-hole course on Owl Creek. The Wildcat area, a 15-year development project, will provide additional need for increased recreational facilities both summer and winter. Plans call for one main village and clusters of smaller villages. A ski area is scheduled on the south side of the 56-acre reservoir, with a double chairlift. Most of the land to be developed will be used for multiple family dwellings with employees required to provide 50 percent of the housing for employees with Wildcat.” The image shows the Snowmass Ski Area in summer looking over and from the Wildcat Ranch, circa 1980.

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