Aspen Daily News July 2017: As one Base Village rises, a near-miss is recalled

While the $600 million Base Village, a joint venture of Aspen Skiing Co., KSL Capital and East West Partners, is currently rising from the bottom of Snowmass Ski Area – having just restarted after a multi-year pause – there have been several Base Village near misses since the incorporation of Snowmass Village almost 40 years ago.

Chief among them was a project for which developers Jim Light and Jim Chaffin received approval from the Snowmass Village Town Council in 1984. It included 300 units, or about half the density allowed with the SkiCo/KSL/East West Base Village plan that at buildout will span 1.1 million square feet.

Light reflected on “what could have been” following last week’s ceremonial groundbreaking of the project at the ski area base that restarted in May after eight years of construction inactivity…

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Sara Kurz