In “Old Snowmass,” the most bucolic section of Pitkin County, some 30 percent of the land remains virtually untouched. That’s an effort the county’s community development director, Cindy Houben, this week credited as a “very successful preservation of open space and agricultural area” due to conscientious planning, zoning laws and conservation easements.
Bordered by Snowmass Village, Woody Creek and Basalt, Snowmass (its proper name) is more of a neighborhood than a town, by virtue of its location in unincorporated Pitkin County. Agriculture and working ranches remain viable industries in its two valleys, Snowmass Creek and Capitol Creek.
While the splintering of a single caucus into two different caucuses is one hint of changes that could be on the horizon, Old Snowmass – “Old” was informally attached to the name following the incorporation of neighbor Snowmass Village –sometimes appears to operate in its own, slower time zone. Please read on to explore more of its ranches and the revived recording studio, Snowmass’ beloved monastery and the caucus meeting rooms where some of the neighborhood’s future is being mapped out.