Interested in the community's prospects as a summertime cultural center, Paepcke helps organize the Goethe Bicentennial Convocation, a celebration of German culture, which would evolve into the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies and the Aspen Music Festival & School.1958
Friedl Pfeifer opens Buttermilk Mountain. Whip Jones opens Highlands. William Janss, a former ski racer and land developer, becomes interested in Snowmass and purchases the majority of the land at its base. The first organized skiing on Snowmass begins that year, with Aspen Skiing Corporation offering snowcat powder tours on the Big Burn and Sam's Knob.1963
Aspen Skiing Company purchases Buttermilk Mountain from Friedl Pfeifer.1967
Snowmass-at-Aspen, just 12 miles from Aspen, officially opens December 17 as a joint venture of Aspen Skiing Company and the Janss Corporation. There are five chairlifts and 50 miles of trails, including Big Burn, Sam's Knob, Coney Glade and Campground.1978
Alpine Springs and High Alpine areas open at Snowmass.1987
Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen Gondola, the longest single-stage gondola in the world, opens on the 40th anniversary of Aspen Skiing Company.1989
The Little Nell opened its doors in 1989. It was the only ski-in, ski-out access to Aspen Mountain (and it still is). It took only two years for the hotel to earn the Grand Slam of hospitality rankings – five Stars from Forbes, and five Diamonds from the American Automobile Association (we have earned them again every year since).1993
After several subsequent changes in ownership, Aspen Skiing Company becomes privately owned by the Crown family of Chicago, Illinois. That same year, Aspen Skiing Company purchases Aspen Highlands to create a single four-mountain resort.1995
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.1998
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.2002
Buttermilk hosts the ESPN Winter X Games for the first time. For the next 18 years (at least) it will continue to be home to the event.
That same year, the entirety of Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands is opened to skiers and riders.2005/2006
Snowmass Base Village is approved by voters in Snowmass Village, with an official groundbreaking ceremony in July.
Visitors at Snowmass are treated to the new Village Express Lift — a six-passenger lift that whisks skiers and riders from the base of Fanny Hill to the top of Sam's Knob in a speedy 9.5 minutes, with a mid-way unloading station.
Also new is the Mall Connector or Sky Cab. The two minute Sky Cab gondola ride connects the existing Snowmass Mall and the new Base Village, offering lower Fanny Hill access for children’s ski/snowboard programs.
The opening of the Elk Camp Gondola in December of 2006 makes it a triple header — Aspen Snowmass opened three new gondolas in one calendar year. The Sky Cab opened in December 2005, and the new Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain opened on July 1, 2006.
Also in 2005, Deep Temerity opens at Aspen Highlands with 180 acres of new advanced and expert terrain along with the Deep Temerity triple chair, which rises 1,700 vertical feet in 7.3 minutes. The new lift eliminated the need to ski/ride the long traverse out of Highland Bowl and allowed for more direct fall line skiing and riding while doing laps in the Bowl.2007
In December, Aspen Skiing Company opens the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center in Snowmass, a $17 million project and the company’s largest capital improvement to date, which brings Snowmass’ Ski & Snowboard Schools, rental and retail, and children’s entertainment all under one roof at the base of Snowmass.
Aspen Skiing Company also announced several other enhancements to Snowmass, like the addition of the Elk Camp Meadows learning area at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola.2008
Aspen Snowmass is named one of the top ten “Best Places to Work,” by Outside magazine, an honor it continues to receive to this day.
Aspen Skiing Company also makes several new improvements including the addition of the $7 million Sheer Bliss chairlift and a $9 million on-mountain restaurant called Sam’s Smokehouse – both located at Snowmass.
Aspen Skiing Company also opened 18 acres of new terrain at Aspen Highlands called Canopy Cruiser, located in the Deep Temerity section of the mountain, and a new 22-foot Olympic-sized superpipe at Buttermilk, home of the ESPN Winter X Games.
This year was significant for sustainability projects as well, as Aspen Skiing Company invested $1 million in Western Colorado’s largest solar array, which powers a science building at Colorado Rocky Mountain School and sends excess energy into the nearby town of Carbondale’s grid.2010
Aspen Skiing Company purchases the Limelight Lodge, a recently rebuilt 128-room hotel in downtown Aspen with a history stretching back to the 1950s. Two years later, the property is renamed the Limelight Hotel
Aspen Skiing Company expands its Limelight Hotel brand by breaking ground on a second hotel in Ketchum, Idaho.