Aspen Skiing Co. has created an Australia Wildfire Relief Fund to assist as historically devastating blazes continue to rage in that country.

SkiCo’s Family Fund will match the first $12,500 in contributions, with proceeds going directly to the Australian Red Cross, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

To donate to the fund now, visit aspensnowmass.com/ausrelief. The matching fund will be accepting donations until Australia Day — Jan. 26, 2020.

 Also, the Roaring Fork Valley community has already supported the cause by donating over $25,000 worth of prizes to a silent auction on Australia’s dedicated snow travel website, snowsbest.com. All proceeds from the silent auction will go toward wildfire relief efforts. Aspen-Snowmass properties rallied to the call, with eight packages donated from the Limelight Hotel Aspen, the Limelight Hotel Snowmass, the Hotel Jerome, the St. Regis, The Gant, North of Nell, Destination Residences Snowmass and the W Aspen. Details regarding the silent auction will be released on snowsbest.com in the coming weeks.

“With the immense impact of the wildfires, our hearts and thoughts are with all of our Australian friends and guests. Aspen Skiing Company will continue to work hard to combat the global climate crisis for not only the future of Australia, but also the future of the world,” the press release says.

Open houses for Aspen Lumberyard

The public is invited to weigh in on layout concepts and density options during the next step in the process for the Aspen Lumberyard affordable-housing neighborhood.

There will be three open houses — one at the Aspen Business Center near the property and two in town. The first is set for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 4-7 p.m. at Roxy’s Café in the ABC. Because parking at Roxy’s is limited, walking or use of public transit is encouraged. 

There also will be a luncheon open house on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and an afternoon open house from 3-6 p.m. that same day. Both of those events will be held at the Aspen City Council chambers in city hall. Food and beverages will be served. 

Parking at Roxy’s is limited, please walk or bus. More information is available at aspencommunityvoice.com/lumberyard.