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Colorado Mountain College Aspen está ubicado en 0255 Sage Road, en Aspen, Colorado. Uno de los siete campus de la universidad, ofrece títulos asociados y programas de certificación. Los títulos asociados se ofrecen en Artes, Estudios Generales, Contabilidad, Negocios, Redes de Computadoras, Microcomputadoras. Especialista en soporte y desarrollador de páginas web.Los programas de certificación incluyen contabilidad, negocios, asociado de red certificado por CISCO, técnico en emergencias médicas, especialista en microcomputadoras, especialista en Microsoft Office, bienes raíces, artes creativas y educación al aire libre. El campus enfatiza computadoras, artes liberales y bellas artes. Además de lo académico, el campus tiene instalaciones para las artes. El Centro Académico Familiar Morgridge, inaugurado en 2001, es una instalación de 34,000 pies cuadrados con aulas, laboratorios de computación, "salas inteligentes", espacios de exhibición y estudios de arte. Destacado por su arquitectura, el Centro Académico refleja la herencia ganadera de la comunidad. Colorado Mountain College Aspen es un campus comunitario que se enfoca principalmente en los adultos que trabajan en el vecindario. No hay instalaciones residenciales en el campus. Además, el campus tiene vista a tres montañas para esquiar y hacer snowboard, proporciona un entorno pintoresco y un lugar adecuado para el aprendizaje.


50 aniversario de Colorado Mountain College

Desde el principio, Colorado Mountain College ha prosperado porque los ciudadanos locales han valorado la forma en que la educación puede animar a sus comunidades. A principios de la década de 1960, los visionarios buscaron la aprobación de un distrito universitario. Los contribuyentes captaron la visión y votaron abrumadoramente para financiarla.

Los dos campus originales se construyeron simultáneamente con edificios modulares transportados desde Denver.

Las clases se abrieron el 2 de octubre de 1967 con el sonido de los cortes de acabado de los carpinteros.

En cinco años, también se ofrecieron clases en Aspen, Rifle, Salida, el condado de Eagle y el condado de Summit.

Colorado Mountain College ahora ofrece la tercera licenciatura más asequible de la nación.

Es el hogar de Isaacson School for New Media y planea agregar programas en tecnología de avalanchas y deportes de acción en el otoño de 2017.


periodo de registro Comienzo Fin
Registro 28 de marzo 15 de Mayo
Semestre de verano & # 160 & # 160 & # 160 & # 160 & # 160 & # 160 & # 160 & # 160 & # 160 & # 160 & # 160 & # 160 & # 160 & # 160 16 de mayo 5 de agosto
Día de los Caídos - No hay clases 30 de mayo  
Día de la Independencia - No hay clases 4 de julio  
Iniciaciones 5 de agosto 6 de agosto

Visión: Nuestro futuro deseado

Aspiramos a ser la universidad centrada en los estudiantes más inclusiva e innovadora de la nación, elevando la vitalidad económica, social, cultural y ambiental de nuestras hermosas comunidades de las Montañas Rocosas.

Misión: Por qué existimos, qué hacemos y qué ofrecemos

Colorado Mountain College ofrece una experiencia de enseñanza y aprendizaje dinámica, innovadora y de alta calidad al servicio de una población diversa en un entorno de aprendizaje personalizado, inclusivo y centrado en el estudiante. Comprometido con la educación asequible y accesible, CMC ofrece una amplia gama de programas de pregrado y oportunidades de aprendizaje permanente que ayudan a todos los estudiantes a alcanzar sus metas educativas individuales. & # 160

Valores: la base de la acción ética

Creemos educación superior y aprendizaje permanente proporcionar una base vital y necesaria para una sociedad igualitaria.

Nos preocupamos el uno por el otro y tratamos a todos con cortesía, dignidad y respeto.

Alentamos abierto y comunicación honesta y honor todas las ideas y opiniones.

Nos abrazamos diversidad en sus muchas formas y trabajar activamente para crear una inclusivo y comunidad universitaria acogedora.

Actuamos con integridad para construir confianza en nuestras relaciones personales y profesionales.

Principios rectores: toma de decisiones y asignación de recursos

Nosotros colaborar entre sí y con socios externos.

Aplicamos los principios de sustentabilidad fomentar la equidad social, la vitalidad económica y la salud ambiental.

Nos esforzamos por excelencia y innovación en todo lo que hacemos.

Creamos un ambiente de trabajo positivo y un Experiencia de enseñanza y aprendizaje estimulante y agradable.

Nos sostenemos responsable y explicable por nuestras acciones.

Mantenemos el confianza pública a través de responsable administración y fiscal transparencia. 

Afrontamos los desafíos con deliberación reflexiva y acción con propósito.


Colorado Mountain College celebra su 50 aniversario a través de una exhibición

"Meknes", una gran acuarela del ex instructor de arte de Colorado Mountain College Isa Catto Shaw, es una de las más de 50 obras que se exhibirán en "Reminisce: A Tribute to 50 Years of Art", la celebración número 50 y la inauguración de arte de CMC Aspen. el 7 de abril.

Público invitado a ver "Reminisce: A Tribute to 50 Years of Art" en Aspen el 7 de abril

Este año, Colorado Mountain College está celebrando 50 años al servicio de las necesidades educativas de las personas que viven en los pueblos montañosos del estado. El 7 de abril llega la celebración a CMC Aspen. Los miembros de la comunidad, los estudiantes actuales, los ex alumnos y los empleados están invitados a la celebración del 50 aniversario de Colorado Mountain College seguida de una recepción de apertura para una exhibición de obras de arte de la facultad y el personal de CMC.

Las festividades comienzan a las 3 p.m. con un programa del 50 aniversario centrado en la historia de Colorado Mountain College en Aspen, y luego la recepción de apertura de "Reminisce: A Tribute to 50 Years of Art".

“Estas celebraciones son un regalo para las comunidades que Colorado Mountain College

En 1979, Ann Harris fue secretaria y asistente de Janet Landry, entonces directora del campus de Aspen de Colorado Mountain College. Harris sería el próximo decano del campus de CMC Aspen, y eventualmente se convertiría en el principal administrador académico de CMC en toda la universidad. Foto Doug Rhinehart

sirve ”, dijo Kristin Colon, directora ejecutiva y vicepresidenta de avance de la Fundación CMC. “Cada celebración en el campus se centra en algo que hace que ese campus en particular se destaque. En Aspen, por ejemplo, nuestro programa de arte es tan atractivo para la comunidad que queríamos honrar a los profesores y al personal que han compartido su experiencia con los estudiantes durante décadas.

“CMC está aquí hoy, educando a los estudiantes y capacitando a nuestra fuerza laboral local, gracias a los miembros de nuestra comunidad”, dijo Colón. "Estamos aquí gracias a ti".

La celebración gratuita continúa hasta las 6 p.m. con una recepción de apertura para la exhibición "Reminisce: 50 Years of Art", un estudio de las obras de arte del cuerpo docente y personal de la región occidental de CMC, pasado y presente, y que incluye refrigerios y pastel de aniversario. La exhibición estará abierta hasta el 9 de mayo.

“Nuestros estudiantes de pintura y grabado pueden aprovechar equipos extraordinarios que son poco comunes en muchas facultades y universidades, creando impresiones a gran escala en nuestra nueva prensa de grabado de última generación”, dijo K Rhynus Cesark, profesor asistente del director de arte y galería en Colorado Mountain College Aspen, quien está organizando la exhibición. "También es un momento emocionante para el programa de cerámica de Aspen, ya que los estudiantes pueden experimentar y crear trabajos con nuestra impresora de cerámica 3D recién adquirida, que obtuvimos en colaboración con la Escuela Isaacson de Nuevos Medios de nuestra universidad".

John y Carrie Morgridge son los presidentes honorarios de la celebración de Aspen, seleccionados por su apoyo a la universidad y al Morgridge Family Academic Center de CMC Aspen, que sirve como un centro educativo para el condado de Pitkin y las áreas circundantes.

En 1977, el campus de Colorado Mountain College de Aspen abrió para clases, compartiendo el edificio con el Distrito Escolar de Aspen durante los días. El edificio, adyacente a Aspen High School, puso fin a una era de impartir clases en varios negocios y oficinas de la ciudad, dando a los estudiantes de Aspen un lugar central para tomar clases de baile, cursos de primeros auxilios y una variedad de clases de educación continua y créditos. Foto cortesía de Doug Rhinehart

Colorado Mountain College Aspen alrededor de 1970: una fiesta movible

Colorado Mountain College y Aspen se remontan mucho antes. En 1965, los votantes aprobaron la formación del distrito CMC de cinco condados. Se trazaron planes para establecer dos campus residenciales, el Campus Este en Leadville y el Campus Oeste en Spring Valley cerca de Glenwood Springs.

Además de estos dos campus, los administradores de CMC se dieron cuenta de que se necesitarían más oportunidades para atender las necesidades educativas dentro de las comunidades remotas en el distrito de 100 por 75 millas de ancho.

En 1967, comenzaron a formarse planes para abrir un campus en Aspen, y se reclutó a George Stricker para que esto sucediera. Entre los primeros miembros del personal de CMC se cuenta una historia de que, durante una reunión, el entonces presidente de la universidad, Joe Davenport, tocó a Stricker en el hombro y le dijo: "George, estás a cargo de la educación continua". Según se informa, Stricker se volvió hacia alguien y le dijo: “¿Educación continua? ¿Que es eso?"

Stricker pronto se dio cuenta. Fue en 1968, un año después de que los campus de East y West abrieran sus puertas, cuando Stricker se instaló detrás del mostrador de noche en el Departamento de Policía de Aspen. Más de 150 aspenitas se inscribieron en clases como catering, diseño creativo, escultura, montañismo y algo llamado "La nueva izquierda".

Durante unos años, sin un hogar permanente, las aulas y las oficinas fueron una fiesta movible. Hubo un breve traslado a la taquilla del remonte de Aspen Ski Company al otro lado de la calle de Wagner Park.

Steve Mills reemplazó a Stricker en 1969 y abrió la oficina de CMC en la antigua tienda de comestibles Beck and Bishop en la Wheeler Opera House. Las clases se reunían por toda la ciudad, dondequiera que hubiera espacio.

Durante un año típico en los años 70, el campus de Aspen ofreció alrededor de 20 cursos que iban desde danza del vientre hasta negocios. En 1976, CMC se asoció con el distrito escolar RE-1 de Aspen para construir un edificio de 14,000 pies cuadrados junto a Aspen High School. La escuela secundaria usó las aulas durante el día y CMC se hizo cargo de las clases nocturnas.

Para los años 80, Colorado Mountain College había alcanzado la mayoría de edad en Aspen. La atención se centró en los estudiantes adultos que buscaban títulos de asociado o certificados para prepararlos para trabajos relacionados con el resort.

La inscripción continuó creciendo y el edificio de la escuela secundaria se estaba esforzando en las costuras. Para 1995, era evidente que se necesitaba un nuevo edificio. CMC contrató al destacado arquitecto de Aspen, Harry Teague, para diseñar el edificio lleno de luz.

La universidad lanzó una campaña de capital, recibiendo donaciones de siete cifras de Jessica y Henry Catto y su familia y la Fundación de la Familia Morgridge. Para el apoyo de los Morgridges al campus de Aspen, así como el apoyo de la tecnología y la construcción de aulas "inteligentes" en toda la universidad, el nuevo edificio del campus de Aspen recibió su nombre en su honor.

El 3 de enero de 2001, CMC abrió las puertas del Morgridge Family Academic Center de 30,000 pies cuadrados en el Aspen Airport Business Center.

Hoy en día, Colorado Mountain College Aspen atiende a casi 2,000 estudiantes cada año, incluidos académicos de secundaria, estudiantes universitarios de edad tradicional, estudiantes de inglés como segundo idioma y estudiantes de por vida de todo tipo y, en un guiño a las artes y la actividad física. Con la naturaleza enfocada de sus cursos más populares, el campus es el hogar del Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

Colorado Mountain College está celebrando su 50 aniversario a lo largo de 2017, gracias a los patrocinadores presentadores Alpine Bank, Jim y Connie Calaway, Holy Cross Energy (una cooperativa Touchstone Energy), Morgridge Family Foundation y Sodexo. También brinda apoyo Atlantic Aviation Terra Energy Chevron FCI Constructors, Inc. Grand River Health Marble Distilling Co. Mountain Town Coffee Asesor de inversiones en madera de Obermeyer, LLLP Premier Party Rentals Sopris Engineering y Mountain Temp Services LLC.


Colorado Mountain College se gradúa en una de las clases más grandes de su historia

La graduación en Colorado Mountain College es siempre un día especial, pero este año fue diferente.

Y no es diferente porque los estudiantes llevaran máscaras o porque tuvieran que distanciarse físicamente. Diferente, en ese comienzo no fue solo un momento fugaz de alegría. Fue una celebración triunfal para cientos de estudiantes que superaron dificultades tras dificultades para llegar a este punto.

Los graduados de operaciones de la zona de esquí de CMC Leadville celebran el comienzo girando algunas curvas en el cercano holandés Henry Hill, justo al lado del campus, el 7 de mayo. Foto de Andy Colwell

Los estudiantes, que frente a una pandemia devastadora, incendios forestales despiadados y disturbios civiles divisivos, tuvieron el coraje de seguir adelante y hacer de esta una de las clases de graduados más grandes en la historia de Colorado Mountain College.

Muchos estudiantes aprovecharon las ofertas de clases más flexibles y la iniciativa CMC Responds, que incluyó renunciar a la matrícula, los libros y las tarifas para el semestre de verano de 2020 para ayudar a los afectados por la pandemia.

"La vida a veces da un giro inesperado, pero no es cómo empiezas, es cómo terminas", dijo la Dra. Carrie Besnette Hauser, presidenta y directora ejecutiva de Colorado Mountain College. “Estoy muy orgulloso de nuestros estudiantes. ¡Realmente convirtieron la bola curva de un año en un jonrón! "

En toda la universidad, cientos de estudiantes cruzaron la etapa de graduación para obtener una variedad de títulos asociados, licenciaturas y certificados.

CMC Summit County: comienzo el 7 de mayo

El graduado de Colorado Mountain College Summit County, Javiar Pineda, se codea con la presidenta de CMC, la Dra. Carrie Besnette Hauser, mientras recibe su licenciatura en estudios de sostenibilidad el 7 de mayo en el Riverwalk Center en Breckenridge. Foto de Matt Litt

Javier Pineda tomó su primer curso universitario a través del programa de inscripción concurrente de CMC en Summit County High School. Más tarde, Pineda se postuló para el programa de estudios de sostenibilidad en el campus de Summit y descubrió una pasión por los cursos y sus aplicaciones en el mundo real.

“No sabía el impacto que este título tendría en mi vida”, dijo. “Al principio pensé: basta con obtener un título. Ahora, tengo un afecto académico por este campo ". Ahora, Pineda planea tomar un curso LSAT el próximo otoño y postularse para la facultad de derecho.

“Independientemente de lo que decida hacer, CMC me ha preparado bien para el próximo capítulo de mi vida”, dijo.

A Cyndy Dzib Ciau siempre le ha encantado trabajar con niños. La nativa del condado de Summit se graduó con un Asociado en Ciencias Aplicadas en educación de la primera infancia después de convertirse en CMC Mountain Scholar en 2019, un honor que la conectó con una beca y una mentora para el resto de su carrera académica.

“Incluso cuando ocurrió la pandemia, mi mentor siempre encontró la manera de reunirse conmigo y [Jennifer Besser] mi consejera me ayudó a asegurarme de que estaba recibiendo todas las clases que necesitaba”, dijo Ciau.

CMC Leadville: comienzo el 7 de mayo

Fabian Jimenez, estudiante de último año de la escuela secundaria Lake County, se graduó con un título de Asociado en Ciencias. “Pude elegir clases más específicas y estar más orientado a la escuela”, dijo Jiménez. “Me permitió darme cuenta de que quería ser ingeniero y saber que estaba interesado en la ingeniería ambiental”.

Jiménez recibió la prestigiosa Beca Boettcher, una beca académica de cuatro años con matrícula completa y gastos de vida parciales basada en el mérito otorgada a estudiantes graduados de la escuela secundaria de Colorado. Asistirá a la Escuela de Minas de Colorado este otoño.

Desde la izquierda, los graduados de CMC Leadville Christian Bueng y Caitlin McCarthy durante la ceremonia de graduación de 2021 en el campus el 7 de mayo. Foto de Andy Colwell

Después de que Caitlin McCarthy se graduó de la escuela secundaria en Massachusetts, se mudó a Colorado para ayudar a construir senderos en el área de Salida. Eso llevó a una beca universitaria de AmeriCorps y la pasantía de Rocky Mountain Land Management en CMC.

El programa de asociación con el Servicio Forestal de EE. UU. Permite a los estudiantes de CMC realizar una pasantía remunerada a tiempo parcial mientras cursan un título relacionado. McCarthy se graduó el 7 de mayo con un Asociado en Ciencias Aplicadas en gestión de recursos naturales y un certificado en sistemas avanzados de información geográfica.

Para Johnathan Rogers de Centennial, una experiencia como consejero de un campamento de verano y la idea de ser un instructor de recreación al aire libre es lo que lo llevó a CMC Leadville, donde se conectó instantáneamente con la facultad y el personal.

"Mi mayor sorpresa fue lo fácil que fue involucrarme con el personal y los instructores de CMC", dijo Rogers, quien obtuvo un título de Asociado en Estudios Generales en liderazgo de recreación al aire libre. "Mi concepto anterior de la universidad era como las universidades más grandes y no tener instrucción personalizada . Fue todo lo contrario con CMC ".

CMC Vail Valley: comienzo el 7 de mayo

Toby Baldwin, 48, de Gypsum, sirvió en las Reservas del Ejército de los Estados Unidos en Irak en 2004-05. Pero antes de unirse al ejército, Baldwin fue a la escuela técnica y se convirtió en un maestro electricista. Fue propietario y luego vendió un negocio.

"Quería hacer algo que marcara una diferencia mayor", dijo Baldwin.

Obtuvo un certificado en la Academia de Capacitación para el Cumplimiento de la Ley de Colorado en CMC Spring Valley en 2009 y un asociado en justicia penal en 2018. Baldwin trabajó para la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Eagle durante tres años antes de unirse al Departamento de Policía de Avon.

Obtuvo una licenciatura en ciencias aplicadas en liderazgo y administración en el campus de Vail Valley en el otoño de 2020 y fue incluido en la lista de graduados de primavera. "Pensé que CMC sería difícil, y puede serlo", dijo Baldwin. “Pero mucho de lo que aprendí provino de las cosas prácticas. Soy un aprendiz muy visual y eso funcionó bien para mí ".

Elena Fundureanu apenas podía hablar inglés cuando llegó a los Estados Unidos desde Moldavia en 2006. En la ceremonia de graduación de CMC Vail Valley el 7 de mayo, era la mejor licenciada y graduada de grado # 8217. Foto de Dave Watson

Elena Fundureanu es originaria de Moldavia y es la mejor estudiante de grado de cuatro años de CMC Vail Valley. Se graduó con una licenciatura en administración de empresas con énfasis en contabilidad. Ese es un logro impresionante, especialmente desde que llegó a los Estados Unidos en 2006 y apenas hablaba inglés.

Para ella era importante dominar el inglés, por lo que en 2008 comenzó a tomar algunas clases de idiomas en el campus de Vail Valley. “Al principio tuve problemas para aprender inglés. Mis tutores vieron lo duro que estaba trabajando y me apoyaron durante todo el camino ”.

Cuando decidió que quería más, su siguiente objetivo era obtener su licenciatura.

"He trabajado duro, honestamente", dijo. “Tuve una gran experiencia en CMC. Larry [Dutmer, consejero universitario] me guió en lo que tenía que hacer. Y la facultad ha sido de gran ayuda ".

CMC Spring Valley: inicios del 7 al 8 de mayo (incluidas las ubicaciones de Aspen, Carbondale y Glenwood Center)

Adele Craft, estudiante de graduación de 21 años, de Carbondale, no es ajena a CMC. Tomó clases en los campus de Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs y Spring Valley y recibió su Licenciatura en Estudios de Sostenibilidad.

La educación primaria y secundaria de Craft consistió en una combinación de educación pública, educación en el hogar y autoeducación, con CMC desempeñando un papel importante.

“Tenía 12 años cuando tomé un curso de geología con mi padre en CMC y me enganché”, dijo Craft.
Sus primeras clases de crédito siguieron a los 13. Se graduó de Bridges High School con un título de asociado en la mano en 2017.

La oradora de graduación de estudiantes de Spring Valley, Adele Craft, comenzó a tomar clases en CMC cuando tenía 12 años. Se graduó con una licenciatura en estudios de sostenibilidad el 8 de mayo. Foto de Stephanie Stocking

"Después de estos últimos ocho a nueve años de tomar clases de CMC, es emocionante y triste graduarse", agregó Craft. "CMC definitivamente ha ayudado a dar forma a lo que soy ahora".

Norma Avila, de 43 años, nacida en California, creció en México. Su hijo, David, de 23 años, tiene una discapacidad de aprendizaje y le preocupaba no recibir el apoyo que tenía en Aspen High School si iba a la universidad. “Entonces, le dije que iría a CMC con él”, dijo Norma. "Nos ayudamos mutuamente".

Un segundo hijo, Abraham, de 21 años, también se graduó de CMC. Planea continuar su educación en la Universidad de Denver.

En Spring Valley, los tres Avilas - Norma, Abraham y David - obtuvieron títulos. Norma Ávila recibió un título de asociado en teneduría de libros y planea obtener una licenciatura en administración de empresas en CMC. “Ir a la universidad ha cambiado mi vida y espero que mi historia ayude a inspirar a otros padres”, dijo Ávila.

Físicamente distanciado y enmascarado en uno de los cuatro comienzos en CMC & # 8217s Spring Valley campus. Foto de Ed Kosmicki

Cody Andrew se inscribió por primera vez en las clases de CMC en 2012. "Yo estaba solo financieramente y entré sin mucho impulso y motivación para terminar", dijo.

Lo primero que hizo Andrew fue conseguir un trabajo de tiempo completo en el comedor del campus de Spring Valley. Mientras trabajaba para obtener una licenciatura en artes gráficas, también aprendió a cocinar.

En 2015, dejó CMC para cocinar profesionalmente aunque el arte, su verdadera vocación, obligó a Andrew a regresar a CMC para completar su licenciatura en fotografía profesional.

“Hacer bellas artes es una pasión”, dijo. "Las comodidades del departamento de fotografía de CMC son las mejores del estado y los maestros siempre me presionaron para que lo hiciera mejor".

CMC Steamboat Springs: comienzo el 8 de mayo

Eleysa Schofield recibió su licenciatura en administración de empresas y una licenciatura en negocios. Una estudiante de primera generación, Schofield atribuyó la ayuda financiera que necesitaba para hacer posible su educación universitaria.

"Como un adolescente asustado que intentaba darse cuenta de eso, era difícil navegar", dijo Schofield. "Pero CMC realmente ayudó".

Schofield consideró sus dos años como presidenta del cuerpo estudiantil de la Asociación de Gobierno Estudiantil como un momento destacado. Y culminó su experiencia en CMC al ser nombrada como oradora de graduación de estudiantes de este año para los estudiantes de licenciatura.

Schofield espera obtener una maestría en un futuro próximo. “Ser parte de CMC no tiene precio”.

Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, Janisha Williams y el decano del campus de Steamboat, Dr. JC Norling en CMC Steamboat & # 8217s 2021 a partir del 8 de mayo. Foto de Dave Watson

Janisha Williams, de Miami Florida, está obteniendo un título de asociado en negocios de esquí y snowboard. “Al crecer, mis padres me apoyaron mucho”, dijo Williams, quien ahora llama a Steamboat Springs su hogar. "Cuando me interesó el snowboard, no pusieron barreras".

Como estudiante no tradicional, se inscribió en CMC Steamboat Springs y caminará este mes de mayo, pero tiene algunos créditos para terminar este otoño. Una vez que su título sea oficial, será la primera estudiante afroamericana en graduarse del programa de negocios de esquí y snowboard.

“La diversidad en esta industria es muy importante para mí y espero que mi ejemplo pueda ser una inspiración para otros”, dijo Williams. “Pero también creo que el cambio cultural en esta industria debe provenir de un lugar de bondad. Tenemos que aprender a tratarnos con respeto ".

Cuando Pike James Wipperfurth se graduó de Steamboat Springs High School, estaba listo para un cambio. Inmediatamente después de graduarse, voló a Uganda en un viaje de servicio.

"Me dejé caer en un entorno donde todo era completamente diferente", dijo Wipperfurth. "Eso me despertó".

Pike James Wipperfurth dio el discurso de los estudiantes en la ceremonia de apertura de CMC Steamboat Springs el 8 de mayo. Foto de Dave Watson

La experiencia encendió una pasión en Wipperfurth por ayudar a otros, lo que lo llevó a CMC Steamboat Springs. Obtuvo su certificado EMT en 2017 y luego comenzó a trabajar como patrullero de esquí. Unos años más tarde tomó la decisión de cambiar de carrera, obteniendo títulos en CMC en ciencias políticas, antropología y educación al aire libre en mayo. También fue nombrado orador de graduación de estudiantes.

Después de graduarse, Wipperfurth se transferirá a la Universidad Estatal de Colorado, donde obtendrá una licenciatura en ciencias políticas. “No es necesario que sigas caminos que puedan haber sido construidos para ti en el pasado”, dijo. "Toma el control de tu propio destino".

Rifle CMC: comienzo el 8 de mayo

Bianca Godina de Silt se graduó el 8 de mayo con un título asociado en comunicación. “Fue muy importante para mí establecer una conexión con mis profesores porque aprendo mejor de esa manera”, dijo. "Me gusta hacer preguntas, por lo que el tamaño reducido de la clase en CMC Rifle lo hizo más fácil".

La economía también jugó un papel. Mientras tenía dos trabajos, Godina pudo recibir becas y subvenciones, lo que la ayudó a comprar su primera computadora.

En el transcurso del año pasado, Godina se ha desempeñado como mentora de pares en el campus y también ha sido miembro de la sociedad de honor Phi Theta Kappa. Se graduó con un promedio de calificaciones de 3.9.

MaDonna McAllister, 54, de Parachute trabajó como peluquera durante 20 años hasta que le ofrecieron una beca en CMC. Tomando clases a tiempo parcial, McAllister obtuvo su título de Asociado en Estudios Generales.

Sin embargo, su mayor desafío fue lidiar con un trauma pasado como sobreviviente de violencia doméstica cuando era joven. "El abuso afectó mi lenguaje y mi escritura, así que tuve que trabajar muy duro en eso", dijo.

McAllister se destacó en CMC Rifle, e incluso terminó algunos semestres con un GPA de 4.0. "Lo logré con la ayuda de algunos grandes instructores", dijo.

“Hemos estado animando a MaDonna desde que entró por nuestras puertas por primera vez en 2015”, dijo Tinker Duclo, vicepresidente y decano del campus de CMC Rifle. "Su implacable dedicación y perseverancia le han valido un título universitario".


Colorado Mountain College celebra su 50 aniversario con la exhibición de arte de Aspen

Este año, Colorado Mountain College está celebrando 50 años al servicio de las necesidades educativas de las personas que viven en los pueblos montañosos del estado. El 7 de abril llega la celebración a CMC Aspen.

Las festividades comienzan a las 3 p.m. con un programa del 50 aniversario que se centra en la historia de Colorado Mountain College en Aspen, y luego la recepción de apertura de "Reminisce: A Tribute to 50 Years of Art".

“Estas celebraciones son un regalo para las comunidades a las que sirve Colorado Mountain College”, dijo Kristin Colon, directora ejecutiva y vicepresidenta de avance de la Fundación CMC. “Cada celebración en el campus se centra en algo que hace que ese campus en particular se destaque. En Aspen, por ejemplo, nuestro programa de arte es tan atractivo para la comunidad que queríamos honrar a los profesores y al personal que han compartido su experiencia con los estudiantes durante décadas.

La celebración gratuita continúa hasta las 6 p.m. con una recepción de apertura para la exhibición "Reminisce: 50 Years of Art", un estudio de las obras de arte del cuerpo docente y personal de la región occidental de CMC, pasado y presente, y que incluye refrigerios y pastel de aniversario. La exhibición estará abierta hasta el 9 de mayo.

“Nuestros estudiantes de pintura y grabado pueden aprovechar equipos extraordinarios que son poco comunes en muchas facultades y universidades, creando impresiones a gran escala en nuestra nueva prensa de grabado de última generación”, dijo K Rhynus Cesark, profesor asistente del director de arte y galería en Colorado Mountain College Aspen, quien está organizando la exhibición. "También es un momento emocionante para el programa de cerámica de Aspen, ya que los estudiantes pueden experimentar y crear trabajos utilizando nuestra impresora de cerámica 3-D recién adquirida, que hemos obtenido en colaboración con la Escuela Isaacson de Nuevos Medios de nuestra universidad".


Colorado Mountain College se gradúa en una de las clases más grandes de su historia

La graduación en Colorado Mountain College es siempre un día especial, pero este año fue diferente.

Y no es diferente porque los estudiantes llevaran máscaras o porque tuvieran que distanciarse físicamente. Diferente, en ese comienzo no fue solo un momento fugaz de alegría. Fue una celebración triunfal para cientos de estudiantes que superaron dificultades tras dificultades para llegar a este punto.

Los estudiantes, que frente a una pandemia devastadora, incendios forestales despiadados y disturbios civiles divisivos, tuvieron el coraje de seguir adelante y hacer de esta una de las clases de graduados más grandes en la historia de Colorado Mountain College.

Muchos estudiantes aprovecharon las ofertas de clases más flexibles y la iniciativa CMC Responds, que incluyó renunciar a la matrícula, los libros y las tarifas para el semestre de verano de 2020 para ayudar a los afectados por la pandemia.

"La vida a veces da un giro inesperado, pero no es cómo empiezas, es cómo terminas", dijo Carrie Besnette Hauser, presidenta y directora ejecutiva de Colorado Mountain College. “Estoy muy orgulloso de nuestros estudiantes. Realmente convirtieron la bola curva de un año en un jonrón ".

En toda la universidad, cientos de estudiantes cruzaron la etapa de graduación para obtener una variedad de títulos asociados, licenciaturas y certificados.

En el campus de CMC en Spring Valley, en las afueras de Glenwood Springs, los estudiantes de los campus de la universidad en todo el Valle de Roaring Fork celebraron con familiares y amigos el sábado durante varias ceremonias.

Formado por CMC

Adele Craft, estudiante de graduación de 21 años, de Carbondale, no es ajena a CMC. Tomó clases en los campus de Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs y Spring Valley y recibió su Licenciatura en Estudios de Sostenibilidad.

La educación primaria y secundaria de Craft consistió en una combinación de educación pública, educación en el hogar y autoeducación, con CMC desempeñando un papel importante.

“Tenía 12 años cuando tomé un curso de geología con mi papá en CMC y me enganché”, dijo Craft. Sus primeras clases de créditos siguieron a los 13.

"En mi tercer y cuarto año, estaba tomando más clases de CMC que clases de secundaria", agregó Craft.

Eso le permitió graduarse de Bridges High School con un título de Asociado en Artes en 2017.

"Después de estos últimos ocho a nueve años de tomar clases de CMC, es emocionante y triste graduarse", agregó Craft. "CMC definitivamente ha ayudado a dar forma a lo que soy ahora".

Ir a la universidad cambió mi vida

La educación corre en la familia Ávila de Aspen. Norma Avila, de 43 años, nacida en California, creció en México, trabajó en Alpine Bank y ahora para el condado de Pitkin. Su hijo, David, de 23 años, tiene una discapacidad de aprendizaje y, después de graduarse de la escuela secundaria Aspen, le preocupaba no recibir el apoyo que tenía en la escuela secundaria si iba a la universidad.

“Entonces, dejé mi trabajo y le dije que iría a la escuela con él”, dijo Norma Ávila. "Tomamos algunas clases juntos en CMC y nos ayudamos mutuamente".

A second son, Abraham, 21, will also graduate from CMC. He earned the Alpine Bank First Generation Scholarship and plans to continue his education at the University of Denver.

At Saturday’s ceremonies, all three Avilas – Norma, Abraham and David – earned degrees. Norma Avila received an associate degree in bookkeeping and plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at CMC.

“Going to college has changed my life and I hope my story helps inspire other parents,” Avila said.

Making fine art is a passion

Cody Andrew first enrolled in CMC classes in 2012 after graduating from Denver Academy, an alternative high school. “I was on my own financially, and I came in without much drive and motivation to finish,” he said.

The first thing Andrew did was secure a full-time job at the Spring Valley campus dining hall. While working toward a degree in graphic arts, he also learned to cook.

In 2015, he left CMC to cook professionally but soon discovered that life in the kitchen left no room for his art, his true calling. So, Andrew returned to CMC to complete his degree in professional photography.

“Having a day job is great, but making fine art is a passion,” he said. “The amenities of the photography department at CMC are the best in the state, and the teachers always pushed me to do better. That’s something I’m going to miss.”

Colorado Mountain College’s 2021 Roaring Fork Commencement included several ceremonies on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8. In total there were four ceremonies held: Colorado Law Enforcement Academy (CLETA), Nursing, Career/Technical Certificates/Degrees, and Associate of Arts/Associate of Science/Associate of General Studies/ Bachelor’s Degrees.

Due to Garfield County COVID-19 restrictions each graduate could invite two guests. Ceremonies were also livestreamed, so those not in attendance could watch live from home.

Phil Dunn works as public information manager for Colorado Mountain College.


Historic Mountain Chalet in downtown Aspen sold to new ownership group

The Mountain Chalet, the oldest owner-built lodge in Aspen, has been sold to a partnership that specializes in boutique hotels and high-end restaurants.

The sale of the 67-year-old hotel on Durant Avenue closed Wednesday for an undisclosed amount. The sale price will become public when the transaction is recorded with the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder .

The new owners are part of a partnership, led by Zach Kupperman and Larry McGuire.

McGuire is co-founder and managing partner of Austin, Texas-based McGuire Moorman Hospitality. Kupperman is the founder of New Orleans-based Kupperman Companies, which develops and invests in boutique hotels and other real estate assets.

McGuire’s firm, which specializes in the development and management of restaurants and hotels, made its mark on Aspen in 2017 .

Mountain Chalet owner Marian Melville and son Craig Melville, who is the general manager, sit in a room in the lodge in Aspen on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)

A guest swims laps in the Mountain Chalet’s heated pool behind the main lodge in Aspen on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)

Mountain Chalet owner Marian Melville stands in the back of the lodge in Aspen on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)

Snow covers the entrance of the Mountain Chalet in downtown Aspen on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)

A caption in The Aspen Times with this image from Feb. 10, 1955, reads: "One of Aspen's newest lodges is the Mountain Chalet which was built last fall by Ralph Melville at the corner of Mill and Durant Streets. Constructed of pumice block, Mountain Chalet has a full basement and two full floors above. Skiers can ski right to the front door since the lodge is located about midway between the chair lift and the Constam T-bar lift."
Courtesy Aspen Historical Society, Ringle Collection

The Mountain Chalet Ski Lodge, seen here in the late summer or fall of 1955, stands alone with some old wooden cabins to the right.
Courtesy Aspen Historical Society, LeMassena Collection

The Mountain Chalet circa 1965 shows the expansion.
Courtesy Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Skiing Co. Collection

A look at the Mountain Chalet with Christmas decorations in 1960.
courtesy Aspen Historical Society, LaVinia Meeks Collection

“Our team has fallen in love with Aspen after opening Clark’s Oyster Bar in the Little Annie’s location,” McGuire said this week. “We hope to continue to help preserve the Aspen spirit while taking on the challenges of renovating and stewarding iconic businesses like the Chalet into the future.”

The Melville family, founders of the Mountain Chalet and the only owners for nearly 70 years, will continue to have some ownership stake in the new partnership and will continue operating the lodge until at least May 2022.

The patriarch of the family, Ralph Melville who passed away in 2016 , built the original lodge in 1954 and opened with three rooms.

He bought the two lots at the base of Aspen Mountain for $2,000 in 1953, and three more parcels in the ensuing years as he continued to build out the lodge to its existing 60 rooms.

The property will be renamed the Aspen Mountain Chalet and will undergo a full renovation, which will include at least two new restaurants.

McGuire said he envisions a traditional alpine restaurant where the lodge’s breakfast room is currently located, and a bar on the fifth floor, which is now used for conference space and community events like memorials and celebrations.

“We want to keep the heart and soul of it being a European-inspired chalet, that’s the goal and what drew us to the project,” McGuire said. “They run it as a very family-oriented chalet but lacks the services and the food and beverage experience that we’re going to bring to it, so I would say it’s going to be a luxury chalet but will retain a lot of its quirk and personality and design features like hand-painted murals, but we are definitely going to trick out the rooms and add (food and beverage).”

Marian Melville, 91, who married Ralph in 1956 when the lodge had eight rooms, said this week the building’s Alps-style design was inspired by a visit to Garmisch, Germany.

“People would ask ‘why did you build it this way?’ and he would say ‘they have these buildings in the Alps and they do very well in the snow,’” she said Tuesday while sitting in the fifth-floor space with her son Craig, who is the lodge manager, and her daughter, Susan.

If the walls could talk

The lodge has a storied history and is one of the last affordable places to stay in Aspen, with room rates this week at $250 a night and in the offseason around $150, Craig said.

For decades, the Mountain Chalet has been the go-to place for ski groups and many skiers who met at the lodge during après wine and cheese gatherings, or the famous Monday gluhwein parties, and began to vacation together here.

“Our guests have been fantastic,” Susan said. “We’ve got an incredible clientele. It’s one of the things that has made running the place pretty nice … they are very forgiving of our quirkiness.”

Marian recalled the time when then-Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara stayed at the lodge during the 1960s.

“We had a switchboard and we had a direct line from the president,” she said. “For a little place like this it was pretty important and very exciting.”

Susan said when she and family members met with McGuire and Kupperman last fall during negotiations, they were assured that the 47,000-square-foot building would be preserved.

“Mom came to the meeting and they were talking about what they were going to do and her question was to them, ‘will you keep what Ralph Melville built?’ and they said ‘our plan is to keep your building’ so that made her heart feel good,” Susan said.

Preserving history

McGuire said the plan is a renovation and rejuvenation of the property and will keep the key count the same as today.

“We’ll keep the same square footage and just play within the building envelope,” he said.

Craig said the lodge’s ownership, of which there are 20 shareholders who are all family members, has received numerous offers to sell over the years but there was never a majority who wanted to let go of the historic property.

But this deal felt right, and since there was no interest from the family’s third generation to operate the lodge in the future, the new partnership was the best path forward, Craig said.

“They came to us, and we actually liked what they had envisioned better than anything we’d seen, and we still said no,” he said, adding that after Kupperman and McGuire’s pitch, a majority of shareholders started agreeing that it was time to sell. “It was not the highest offer we got, but we liked their vision and what they wanted to do with the place.”

The redevelopment team includes Kupperman, McGuire, the Melvilles and partners Elle Florescu, Tom Moorman and Liz Lambert.

The chalet will continue to be independently owned and will be operated by McGuire Moorman Hospitality.

“One of the things we are really looking forward to and has been impressive is seeing how their family for the last 60-odd years has run this, built this and served the Aspen community, and we are looking forward to keeping that tradition alive in a reimagined state and working with them,” Kupperman said. “It’s really an incredible location. It’s an incredible history that the Melville family has built and maintained over the years, and we’re excited to bring it forward and celebrate what they’ve done.”

The Melvilles plan to remain in Aspen and in the hotel industry.

“In addition to remaining partners in the Mountain Chalet Aspen, we are still operating the Cristiana Guesthaus in Crested Butte, which is operated by our niece Hannah Carballo, and the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs,” Craig said.

They also are looking to acquire other hotels and investment properties with the proceeds from the sale.

“We are actively exploring other properties both in this area and around the country,” Craig added. “We’re getting closer to retirement age, but we’re not there yet.”


Historic Mountain Chalet in downtown Aspen sold to new ownership group

The Mountain Chalet, the oldest owner-built lodge in Aspen, has been sold to a partnership that specializes in boutique hotels and high-end restaurants.

The sale of the 67-year-old hotel on Durant Avenue closed Wednesday for $68 million, according to the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder .

The new owners are part of a partnership, led by Zach Kupperman and Larry McGuire.

McGuire is co-founder and managing partner of Austin, Texas-based McGuire Moorman Hospitality. Kupperman is the founder of New Orleans-based Kupperman Companies, which develops and invests in boutique hotels and other real estate assets.

McGuire’s firm, which specializes in the development and management of restaurants and hotels, made its mark on Aspen in 2017.

Mountain Chalet owner Marian Melville and son Craig Melville, who is the general manager, sit in a room in the lodge in Aspen on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)

A guest swims laps in the Mountain Chalet’s heated pool behind the main lodge in Aspen on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)

Mountain Chalet owner Marian Melville stands in the back of the lodge in Aspen on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)

Snow covers the entrance of the Mountain Chalet in downtown Aspen on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)

A caption in The Aspen Times with this image from Feb. 10, 1955, reads: "One of Aspen's newest lodges is the Mountain Chalet which was built last fall by Ralph Melville at the corner of Mill and Durant Streets. Constructed of pumice block, Mountain Chalet has a full basement and two full floors above. Skiers can ski right to the front door since the lodge is located about midway between the chair lift and the Constam T-bar lift."
Courtesy Aspen Historical Society, Ringle Collection

The Mountain Chalet Ski Lodge, seen here in the late summer or fall of 1955, stands alone with some old wooden cabins to the right.
Courtesy Aspen Historical Society, LeMassena Collection

The Mountain Chalet circa 1965 shows the expansion.
Courtesy Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Skiing Co. Collection

A look at the Mountain Chalet with Christmas decorations in 1960.
courtesy Aspen Historical Society, LaVinia Meeks Collection

“Our team has fallen in love with Aspen after opening Clark’s Oyster Bar in the Little Annie’s location,” McGuire said this week. “We hope to continue to help preserve the Aspen spirit while taking on the challenges of renovating and stewarding iconic businesses like the Chalet into the future.”

The Melville family, founders of the Mountain Chalet and the only owners for nearly 70 years, will continue to have some ownership stake in the new partnership and will continue operating the lodge until at least May 2022.

The patriarch of the family, Ralph Melville who passed away in 2016, built the original lodge in 1954 and opened with three rooms.

He bought the two lots at the base of Aspen Mountain for $2,000 in 1953, and three more parcels in the ensuing years as he continued to build out the lodge to its existing 60 rooms.

The property will be renamed the Aspen Mountain Chalet and will undergo a full renovation, which will include at least two new restaurants.

McGuire said he envisions a traditional alpine restaurant where the lodge’s breakfast room is currently located, and a bar on the fifth floor, which is now used for conference space and community events like memorials and celebrations.

“We want to keep the heart and soul of it being a European-inspired chalet, that’s the goal and what drew us to the project,” McGuire said. “They run it as a very family-oriented chalet but lacks the services and the food and beverage experience that we’re going to bring to it, so I would say it’s going to be a luxury chalet but will retain a lot of its quirk and personality and design features like hand-painted murals, but we are definitely going to trick out the rooms and add (food and beverage).”

Marian Melville, 91, who married Ralph in 1956 when the lodge had eight rooms, said this week the building’s Alps-style design was inspired by a visit to Garmisch, Germany.

“People would ask ‘why did you build it this way?’ and he would say ‘they have these buildings in the Alps and they do very well in the snow,’” she said Tuesday while sitting in the fifth-floor space with her son Craig, who is the lodge manager, and her daughter, Susan.

If the walls could talk

The lodge has a storied history and is one of the last affordable places to stay in Aspen, with room rates this week at $250 a night and in the offseason around $150, Craig said.

For decades, the Mountain Chalet has been the go-to place for ski groups and many skiers who met at the lodge during après wine and cheese gatherings, or the famous Monday gluhwein parties, and began to vacation together here.

“Our guests have been fantastic,” Susan said. “We’ve got an incredible clientele. It’s one of the things that has made running the place pretty nice … they are very forgiving of our quirkiness.”

Marian recalled the time when then-Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara stayed at the lodge during the 1960s.

“We had a switchboard and we had a direct line from the president,” she said. “For a little place like this it was pretty important and very exciting.”

Susan said when she and family members met with McGuire and Kupperman last fall during negotiations, they were assured that the 47,000-square-foot building would be preserved.

“Mom came to the meeting and they were talking about what they were going to do and her question was to them, ‘will you keep what Ralph Melville built?’ and they said ‘our plan is to keep your building’ so that made her heart feel good,” Susan said.

Preserving history

McGuire said the plan is a renovation and rejuvenation of the property and will keep the key count the same as today.

“We’ll keep the same square footage and just play within the building envelope,” he said.

Craig said the lodge’s ownership, of which there are 20 shareholders who are all family members, has received numerous offers to sell over the years but there was never a majority who wanted to let go of the historic property.

But this deal felt right, and since there was no interest from the family’s third generation to operate the lodge in the future, the new partnership was the best path forward, Craig said.

“They came to us, and we actually liked what they had envisioned better than anything we’d seen, and we still said no,” he said, adding that after Kupperman and McGuire’s pitch, a majority of shareholders started agreeing that it was time to sell. “It was not the highest offer we got, but we liked their vision and what they wanted to do with the place.”

The redevelopment team includes Kupperman, McGuire, the Melvilles and partners Elle Florescu, Tom Moorman and Liz Lambert.

The chalet will continue to be independently owned and will be operated by McGuire Moorman Hospitality.

“One of the things we are really looking forward to and has been impressive is seeing how their family for the last 60-odd years has run this, built this and served the Aspen community, and we are looking forward to keeping that tradition alive in a reimagined state and working with them,” Kupperman said. “It’s really an incredible location. It’s an incredible history that the Melville family has built and maintained over the years, and we’re excited to bring it forward and celebrate what they’ve done.”

The Melvilles plan to remain in Aspen and in the hotel industry.

“In addition to remaining partners in the Mountain Chalet Aspen, we are still operating the Cristiana Guesthaus in Crested Butte, which is operated by our niece Hannah Carballo, and the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs,” Craig said.

They also are looking to acquire other hotels and investment properties with the proceeds from the sale.

“We are actively exploring other properties both in this area and around the country,” Craig added. “We’re getting closer to retirement age, but we’re not there yet.”


Contenido

The mine's surface facilities are located in a 9.7-acre (3.9 ha) area enclosed by a chainlink fence off Smuggler Mountain Road (Pitkin County Route 21), on the northeast fringe of Aspen just outside city limits. It is at the base of Smuggler Mountain, at an elevation of 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above sea level. The slopes of the mountain, to the north and east, are intermittently wooded with scrubby evergreen trees, eventually becoming part of White River National Forest, with the shafts of other mines, now defunct, amongst the trees. [3]

Silverlode Drive runs along the southwest, below the mine, leading to an area of large modern houses on the mine's northwest. Directly to the west, with some open space between them and Silverlode, are two rows of attached condominium-style units on Free Silver Court and Nicholas Lane. On the southwest, across Park Circle, are seven tennis courts, buffering a densely developed residential area on their west.

The mine property consists of a lower area at the foot of a large tailings pile, with a large circular unpaved road along which many vehicles and truck trailers are parked. A two-lane road curves around to the north to climb to a small complex of buildings uphill near a smaller tailings pile. Both piles are considered to be contributing resources to the mine's historic character. [4]

At the base of the larger pile is a small corrugated metal building with a gabled roof and a smaller gabled wooden shed. A watchman's trailer is in the woods near the property's northwest corner. At the top is another corrugated metal building with a trailer attached to it and a wooden shed with a gabled roof. They are non-contributing, as is a modern reconstruction of an original wooden ore chute. Next to it is section of track with seven ore cars, two from the Smuggler and five from other mines of the Silver Boom era they are contributing. [4]

The entrance to the original Smuggler Shaft is fenced off just to the north of the base of the larger pile. The Clark Tunnel is near the upper tailings pile. Both are contributing, as are the sandstone blocks that remain from the foundation of the original gallows frame and house near the Clark. The two tunnels lead to 38 underground levels, half of which are flooded. [4]

Although prospectors were aware very early of Smuggler's potential, they were unable to fully exploit it for a variety of reasons until the late 1880s. When they did, it became wildly productive for a few years, until the Panic of 1893 ended the Colorado Silver Boom. The mine remained open, even as miners continued to leave Aspen, until closing in 1917.

1879: Discovery Edit

In the late 1870s, shortly after Colorado became a state, prospectors began crossing the Continental Divide at Independence Pass in search of silver deposits in the Roaring Fork Valley. Many set up their tents about ten miles (16 km) below the pass at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and its tributary Castle Creek, the first area they found suitable for large-scale settlement. It was called Ute City at first for the dominant local Native American tribe, but the prevalence of aspen trees in the forests soon gave it the name it has had ever since. [5]

The first prospectors to find Smuggler, Edward Fuller and Con Allbright, are believed to have sold the claim very soon afterwards for necessary supplies. Details are few since they never officially filed the claim, but it is believed that they arrived in the area sometime during June 1879 from the south, along Maroon Creek. During a forest fire, they lost their blankets and, possibly, their mules. They found the camp of some other prospectors, who resupplied them, and then found what became Smuggler the next day. According to legend, they both sold their halves of the claim to the prospectors who had resupplied them, and then left the area, never to return. [6]

According to legend, Allbright's price for his half included a mule, who supposedly died the next day. A variant has it that another, unnamed prospector discovered Smuggler while hunting deer when an errant shot revealed silver inside a rock he struck, and he sold the claim the next day for $50 and the ill-fated mule. This legend was reported as early as 1881, in the first issue of what has become The Aspen Times, although in that account the mule did not die so quickly. [6]

It is equally unclear how the first recorded claimant, Charles Bennett, came into possession of Smuggler. One report says his party came across the claim around that same time, June 1879, and found it abandoned (which would suggest that prospectors were exploring the valley earlier than is commonly accepted today). This is unlikely because Fuller and Allbright's presence in the area is dated to the same time. Bennett may simply have considered the claim abandoned because it had not been fully developed, even though the required 60 days to file the claim had not yet passed. Bennett's account, in which it was he who named the claim "Smuggler", may be suspect as it omits mention of his partners. [6]

1880–1886: Early years Edit

Bennett added to his mining claims a ranch on the area of the valley floor being used as a camp. In 1880 he sold them all to B. Clark Wheeler and Charles Hallam, who with their partners, among them David Hyman, the Cincinnati man who had first hired them to search for business opportunities in Colorado, formed the Aspen Town and Land Company to survey and plat the 282-acre (114 ha) of ranch land. They subdivided it, named the streets after themselves and sold the lots for $10 ($270 in modern dollars [7] ), an event which brought the city of Aspen into existence. [8]

Hyman eventually assumed control of Smuggler and the neighboring Durant Mine. The vein of silver ore, so pure the silver was visible, that ran through both mines also went into mines owned by Jerome B. Wheeler. No relation to Hyman's former partner, Wheeler, at the time co-chairman of Macy's, had discovered Aspen and its opportunities in 1883, when he moved to Manitou Springs for his wife's health. In the late 1880s, Hyman and Wheeler sued each other over which of them owned the greater rights to the Smuggler node, a legal battle, which captivated the boomtown while tying up money that would otherwise have been used to develop the mines. Legal bills for both parties reached a combined $1.5 million ($43.2 million in modern dollars [7] ), and was settled with the opening of Compromise Mine high up the slopes of what is known today as Aspen Mountain). [9]

1887–1893: Boom years Edit

Their legal differences aside, Hyman and Wheeler collaborated to bring the railroads to Aspen, increasing the value of their holdings and their profits, later in the decade. Smuggler went from a total of $12,414 ($358,000 in modern dollars [7] ) in production for the entire year of 1886 to $1,500 ($43,000 in modern dollars [7] ) in diario production four years later. [9] The onetime legal adversaries would both leave their names on Register-listed buildings in Aspen from the era, the Hyman–Brand Building and Hotel Jerome, Wheeler Opera House and Wheeler–Stallard House respectively.

The passage of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act in 1890, increasing the federal government's required purchase of that metal, contributed considerably to the prosperity of the city, whose population reached its all-time peak that year at over 10,000. The new Compromise Mine produced $11 million ($317 million in modern dollars [7] ) of silver ore. [9] Smuggler produced one-fifth of the world's silver. [2] The mines also produced lead and zinc, as well as the coal that heated and lit the city in wintertime, at the price of covering it with a sulfurous haze. [10] For a time in the early 1890s Aspen was producing even more silver than Leadville. [11] Smuggler employed over 200 miners. [12]

That prosperity came to an end in 1893. In the wake of that year's economic crisis, Congress repealed the Sherman Silver Purchase Act. With that, the price dropped, and many of Aspen's mines had to close. Smuggler ceased most operations and laid off 70 of its miners. [13]

1894–1917: Post-boom years Edit

At first it looked as if the bad times would be temporary. In 1894 the largest silver nugget ever was mined from Smuggler's depths. Originally, it weighed 2,340 pounds (1,060 kg), but was too large to be brought from the mine intact. It was broken into three pieces, the largest weighing 1,840 pounds (830 kg). [1] The price of silver began to rise slightly in 1895, due to China's agreement to pay its reparations for the First Sino-Japanese War in that metal, at an amount larger than it was expected would be available on the international markets. [14] In 1897 a fire caused the lower levels to flood. To get the pumps operating again, deep-sea divers were hired to go and repack them. [15]

By 1900 business seemed to be improving. Smuggler produced about 250 short tons (230 t) of low-grade ore daily. It was not what it had been during the boom, but it was steady. Even after the price of silver dropped to even lower levels in 1902, the mine announced it would be doubling its workforce and leasing out two other, smaller, closed mines it owned. A local newspaper predicted "The Return of the Good Times" the following year. [dieciséis]

But Aspen's mines never completely turned around. The flooding almost closed Smuggler down in summer 1904, and it took a group effort by all the mine owners to keep its pumps on and prevent it. [16] As of 1905 300 miners were still working at Smuggler. [4] But the city's population continued to decline, and at the 1910 census it was down to around 2,000, less than a half of what it had officially been during the boom's peak. In 1912 Smuggler's miners briefly went on strike over a wage cut to the timbermen and their helpers. [17]

It was settled within two weeks, with a partial restoration of the reduction. While in its peak years the hard rock mining at Smuggler had been dangerous enough to kill a miner roughly once a month, [10] and the miners had organized in response, becoming one of the founding locals of the Western Federation of Miners union, Smuggler and Aspen generally avoided the kind of violent labor unrest, such as the Ludlow massacre, that characterized such disputes elsewhere in the state during this period. The miners who had remained from the boom years were more solidly established in the community, and had an incentive to keep what had become Aspen's largest employer running. Therefore, they often worked closely with the mine owners toward that end. [17]

More silver had been mined after 1893 than before, yet the industry could not sustain itself forever. In the years after the strike the cost of pumping out the mine cut into the Smuggler's profits and discouraged further investment. In 1917 Smuggler reached the bottom of the vein that had been the mine's main source of ore to that point. While there might have been other sources in the area that could have been worked, David Hyman decided to shut down the mine, as much because of a dispute over rates with the owner of the local electric utility as because of the shortage of ore. [18]

Although Hyman continued to lease out the mine's upper levels to any willing concern, the effect of the mine's closure was economically disastrous for the community. The period since the boom's end in 1893 had become known as "the quiet years" with Smuggler shut down, the 1920s, prosperous in much of the rest of the country, became quieter still. Many of the mine's original buildings either collapsed from neglect, or were dismantled for their building materials. [4] Aside from the little mining remaining, there was only farming and ranching in the area. By 1930, less than a thousand people were living in Aspen. [18]

1918–present: Mining in a post-mining Aspen Edit

Mining resumed at Smuggler after World War II as the city's decline finally reversed, but not because of the mine. In the late 1930s, some leftover mining equipment had been used to create the first primitive ski lift up crude trails on Aspen Mountain across the valley. After the war it had been replaced with Ski Lift No. 1, the longest chairlift in the world at that time. Its opening ceremony, in 1947, drew one of the state's U.S. senators and its governor-elect. [19] The quiet years were over, [20] and a new industry was replacing mining. The mine's original buildings had not survived the long years of neglect, so new buildings were constructed on the site after 1950 of wood and metal that was generally salvaged from other abandoned mines in the area. [21] Timber taken from the demolished 1885 Kit Carson stage stop in the city was used to build the wooden shop at the top of the lower pile. [4]

Aspen continued to grow again, becoming a popular destination for corporate executives and celebrities through the 1960s and '70s. In 1981 soil samples taken by a college student doing a study of soil nutrients showed elevated levels of lead and cadmium on the mountain. As these were hazardous waste from the mining operations in the area, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was notified and mining stopped pending its investigation. [22] The following year Hyman's descendants sold the mine's operating rights to Stefan Albouy, a mining enthusiast who hoped to make it productive and profitable again. [23] He instituted a tradition of firing a cannon from the mine at 6 a.m. every Independence Day (July 4), continuing a similar tradition from the earlier mining era where explosives would be set off at that time. It is sometimes discharged on other special occasions, such as touchdowns scored by the high school football team. [24]

During the next two years the EPA, in conjunction with the developer of the nearby Hunter Creek Condominiums, took further samples of the affected soil. It began a feasibility study for possible remediation efforts. [25] In 1986, over the strenuous objection of many local residents, [26] it added the mine and mountain to its National Priorities List (NPL), making it eligible for cleanup under the Superfund program. [22]

Despite the ongoing cleanup efforts, in which the EPA eventually removed soil from the area, Albouy was able to restore the mine to functionality, but he and his partners struggled financially. Silver was trading at even lower levels than it had earlier in the century, and he was rarely able to turn a profit. The mine had to run tours. He later acquired Compromise as well, and after some battles with the county was able to operate it and run tours there as well. [23]

Frustrated with how his plans had largely failed, Albouy killed himself in 1992. [23] The mine was later acquired by two of Albouy's partners, Aspen natives Chris Preusch and Jay Parker. Honoring his wish, they formed the New Smuggler Mining Corporation and continued mining and guiding tours. [1] [10]

In 1999, the EPA judged the remediation successful and removed the mine and mountain from the NPL. It continues to monitor the situation, producing reports every five years. [22] Thirteen years later, in 2012, Parker and Preusch were forced by the majority of shareholders to put the mine up for sale, listing it with Sotheby's for $9.5 million. A new owner has the option of continuing to operate the mine, which is estimated to contain 890,000 pounds (400,000 kg) of recoverable silver, or shutting it down for good. Should it choose the latter, New Smuggler has posted a bond for the cleanup of the site. [1]


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