Forest Service looks for public input on Aspen Mtn expansion plans

May 16, 2018

Aspen Skiing Company's Rich Burkley stands near where SkiCo has proposed putting the top of a new lift in the Pandora area. The public can weigh in on several projects that SkiCo wants to complete on Aspen Mountain.
Credit Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

Aspen Skiing Company wants to expand trails and snowmaking operations on Aspen Mountain. The proposal needs approval from the U.S. Forest Service, which is looking for public input.


SkiCo has proposed adding 148 acres of skiing in the Pandora area, which is near the top of Aspen Mountain, and a chairlift to serve the new terrain. SkiCo also wants to add snowmaking infrastructure, including a pump station, two water storage ponds and 18,000 feet of additional pipelines. This would expand snowmaking operations to the upper third of the mountain, which currently relies completely on natural snowfall. SkiCo officials say this is necessary to ensure timely opening of the mountain.

The projects are included in the 2018 Aspen Mountain Master Development Plan. They need approval from the U.S. Forest Service, as much of the mountain sits in the White River National Forest.

The public can provide feedback on the proposal through mid-June.