Developer George Swift, right, speaks with resident Norm Smith Tuesday when dirt work started on the new, 50-room Aspen Hotel on Main Street at Fifth Avenue. Haines is the smallest Alaskan town he's built a hotel in, Swift said. The hotel here will be Aspen's fifth in the state. "This is a big investment but Aspen Hotels believes in Haines and the town's future," Swift said. Completion is set for spring.