Aspen Skiing Co. general counsel Dave Bellack announced Monday that he is stepping down later this month, with plans to ski a 100-plus-day season this winter while contemplating a new career move.
Bellack, 54, pointed to a 32-year legal career in the state — nearly 19 with SkiCo — and said he is ready for a change.
“The way I think of it, you can’t do things forever,” Bellack said, adding that having two grown children off to college has also motivated him to make a life change.
He’s not sure what his next move would be, but Bellack said he is unlikely to return to work as an attorney in private practice.
The only immediate plans are to attempt to ski 100 days this winter — a feat he accomplished once before — and “think about what I want to do in the future, which may be nothing,” Bellack said.
He added that he has been “successful” with the SkiCo, but there was no place else to go within the organization, as he already had the title of senior vice president. Current CEO Mike Kaplan is still young and isn’t going anywhere, Bellack said.
As a career highlight, Bellack didn’t hesitate in citing the design, approval and sale of the Snowmass Base Village project. Aspen Skiing Co. was an early partner in the deal before selling to Related WestPac, now known as Related Colorado.
“It was a great accomplishment, along with the rest of the team,” Bellack said.
The project hit a snag during the recession, and construction that stopped on a major portion of the village has yet to restart.
Base Village will eventually be finished and will be recognized as a huge benefit, he said.
Serving as chairman on the boards of the Aspen Valley Land Trust, the Buddy Program and Colorado Ski Country USA has also been rewarding, Bellack said.
Prior to working for SkiCo, Bellack was an assistant city attorney for the city of Aspen, and was a partner at a law firm in Denver.
Bellack said he first began discussing a potential change with Kaplan in March. No successor has been picked, and the job will be posted to the public, SkiCo spokesman Jeff Hanle said. SkiCo keeps one other attorney on staff.
Bellack’s last day will be Sept. 20.