Anna Stonehouse, The Aspen Times
Above It All Balloon Company, seen here getting ready to fly, usually flies out of the recreation center parking lot in Snowmass Village, but has been grounded during Vice President Mike Pence’s visit.
Mike Pence’s vacation to the Aspen area has disrupted one local business to the tune of $10,000.
Pam Wood, who with her husband, Bruce, owns Above It All Balloon Co. in Snowmass Village, said Friday the flight restrictions because of the vice president’s visit have grounded their company and cost them thousands of dollars.
“I understand the security aspect,” Pam Wood said, “but let the little wheels on the track make a living so the rest can roll.”
She said they had to break the news of the cancellations to clients who booked balloon-ride reservations for their holiday visits. Above It All Balloon Co., which has a fleet of six balloons varying in size, offers one flight each morning when the weather cooperates.
Wednesday marked the Pence family’s first morning in the area, but high winds at the time prevented the balloon service from operating, Wood said.