History of Snowmass: a station in the making

John Cooley stands on Snowmass Hill with the Fanny Hill and Burlingame chairlifts in the background in the spring of 1966.
Aspen Historical Society / Courtesy photo

John Cooley, Marketing Director of Janss Colorado Corp., spoke to George Madsen for his KSNO Commentary show on September 28, 1966; it was recorded for the Aspen Historical Society to document history in the making. Cooley moved to the area in December 1965 and was responsible for communicating to the public and future skiers the progress of the project which was in full construction mode in 1966.

“First Village” had completed all the preparatory work and could start building the frame. The golf course landscape was taking shape to begin seeding in the spring of 1967 but would not be ready to open until the summer of 1968. The first three elevators were completed, including the Fanny Hill and Burlingame elevator – shown here in the middle of the building in the background behind John Cooley in the spring of 1966.

You can listen to the full interview in the archives of the Aspen Historical Society.

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