Public invited to Aspen Mountain master plan presentation

Mar 14, 2018

Credit Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

The Aspen Skiing Company will present its long-term plan for Aspen Mountain to the public Wednesday night.

The Master Development Plan covers a wish list of projects that SkiCo hopes to complete over the next decade and a half. On the top of the list are bringing snowmaking operations to the top of the mountain, and expanding the ski-area boundary. The U.S. Forest Service has accepted the general outline, though each new project will still need to be approved individually.

“You’ve got to try and look into the future and things will change and we will adjust as needed,” said SkiCo spokesman, Jeff Hanle. “It’s good to work with an agency that is flexible and understands what we are looking at and has a long-term view for the resource as well.”

The presentation includes specifics about the new Pandora ski lift that would serve the upper east side of the mountain, other potential lift upgrades, and the option for re-opening Ruthie's restaurant. The program beings at 5:30 p.m. at the Limelight Hotel.