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Hello, Part Time Residents:
Greetings on behalf of the Part Time Residents Advisory Board (“PTRAB”).  We write with updates about the status of the marijuana moratorium in the Town of Snowmass Village (TOSV), the wildfire near TOSV, the August 7th PTRAB Summer Meeting, and a PTRAB PT resident volunteer project scheduled for August 8th.  

Marijuana Moratorium Update

This fall, the moratorium on licensing marijuana stores to operate in Snowmass Village expires. The Town has requested input, held surveys, and discussed this topic within the various councils, committees, and boards. Collectively, full time residents favor sale while the part timers do not. Our voice was heard in the survey taken early this year, so Town Council knows where we stand. 
However, the move towards allowing sales in Snowmass Villages seems to be slowly progressing, driven in part by potential increased tax-based revenue.

For more details, open the following links to informative Aspen Daily News articles. 

  1. Snowmass Village to go down the Pot Road
  2. Even if pot storefronts expand, there remain few places to smoke legally

Wildfire Near Snowmass Village

This summer, the mountains around the Roaring Fork Valley are tinder dry. On July 3rd a fire began near Lake Christine, located above Basalt, and rapidly threatened Basalt, El Jebel, and numerous neighborhoods and businesses. The amazing heroics of the local fire fighters, helicopter and fixed wing craft, reinforced with federal and “hot shot” units, limited damage. Over two thousand residents underwent mandatory evacuation, 3 homes were totally destroyed, but no fatalities have been reported.   
As of July 15, the fire consumed nearly 7,000 acres around Basalt and El Jebel, has cost more than $5.5 million, and is over 50% contained. Electrical power to Basalt, Snowmass, and Aspen was in jeopardy because 3 of the 4 power lines were down due to damaged towers. Alerts were issued to expect a 72 hour outage and loss of cell phone services. Again, the heroics of the power companies maintained electrical and cell phone service throughout the battle.  
We Part Timers come to Snowmass Village to relax and enjoy our surroundings. Rest assured that we are also coming to a community that really cares about people.  The outpouring of concern and support to the victims and the extensive gratitude shown to the first responders and the electrical utility crews gives testimony to the family- oriented commitment that makes this such a great place to come to.

PTRAB Summer Meeting: August 7, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

PTRAB has confirmed the following list of speakers and topics for its PTRAB Summer Meeting:

  1. Mayor Markey Butler, Town updates including the marijuana moratorium issue;
  2. SWFPD Fire Chief Scott Thompson, Outdoor dry season issues for TOSV and fire evacuation plans;
  3. TOSV Police Chief Brian Olson, Security of Part Time residents’ homes and condos while away from Snowmass;
  4. Andy Gunion, East West Partners, TOSV Base Village updates, especially regarding building 6;
  5. Katie Ertl and Susan Cross, SkiCo representatives, SkiCo winter snowmaking at Snowmass especially at Two Creeks given changing snowfall patterns, and summer mountain activities beyond at Elk Camp;
  6. Rose Abello, TOSV Tourism updates.

The group of speakers looks outstanding and should be most informative for all part time and full time residents.  If you have particular questions that you would like addressed by the speakers, kindly let us know by Aug. 1st by emailing Travis Elliott,

Please also save the date of August 7th on your calendars to attend the PTRAB Summer Meeting in person, or watch live online at

PTRAB Trail Volunteer Project, August 8th

PTRAB is organizing a volunteer project on August 8th, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, with free lunch provided at noon.  Volunteers should meet at the Town Park parking lot, near the Recreation Center entrance.  We will be staining benches and wood rails along the Mountain Trail.  Transportation to the Mountain Trail will be provided to and from Town Park.  Volunteers should bring sunscreen, water, and comfortable shoes and work clothes that may get dirty or stained.  We encourage all part time residents to join. This is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors better and help the community.

We’ll endeavor to keep you updated on these and other TOSV issues which concern part time residents. In the meantime, we wish you a lovely summer.

Warm Regards,


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