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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

SkiCo Proposes New Snowmaking At Snowmass

U.S. Forest Service

After a slow start to last ski season, Aspen Skiing Company wants to continue to develop its snowmaking capacity.



The company has a proposal in front of the U.S. Forest Service to add snowmaking infrastructure including 2 miles of pipeline, enough to make snow to cover 34 acres of terrain in the Alpine Springs area. Officials say this will improve early and late-season snow conditions on three ski trails - Lodgepole, Lunkerville and Adam’s Avenue.

That plan is open for public comment until mid-September and construction could begin in the summer of 2019.

This season, SkiCo is working to improve efficiency in its snowmaking capacity on Snowmass, Highlands and Buttermilk. Crews are replacing aging infrastructure and adding equipment to make snow on several trails at the three mountains.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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