Two Creeks base area at Snowmass opens, providing guests with a second gateway to the mountain. Located 10 minutes closer to Aspen than Snowmass Village Mall, Two Creeks base area features a ticket office and ski/snowboard school desk, rental and retail shop, food service, 200-car parking and free bus service to Aspen and the Snowmass Village Mall. A high-speed quad whisks riders from Two Creeks to the popular Elk Camp area in 10 minutes.1997
The Environment Foundation
was established in 1997 to protect and preserve the regional environment through philanthropy. The foundation is a collaboration between the Aspen Community Foundation and the Aspen Skiing Company Family Fund, engaging employees of Aspen Skiing Company to be stewards of the local habitat, ecosystems, and the biodiversity that we depend upon.
The nation's highest lift-served ski run is renamed Rocky Mountain High, in tribute to the late John Denver. Located at Snowmass, the Cirque lift serves the run and is the first in the country to be operated solely by clean, renewable wind power.
The Cloud Nine Café, also a working patrol headquarters, debuts in December at Aspen Highlands, offering spectacular views, a sun-splashed deck and excellent European bistro-style cuisine.1999
The new Sundeck restaurant at the summit of Ajax debuts in December with an expansive 22,000-square-foot facility. A few months later it receives the U.S. Green Building Council's prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the rigorous greening of the building.