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County Board Approves SkiCo Master Plan

Sep 13, 2019

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The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners gave a stamp of approval to Aspen Skiing Company’s 10-year master plan on Wednesday. Among the updates in the plan are rebuilds of of the Aspen Mountain ski patrol shack and Buckhorn cabin as well an increase in the number of nighttime events at the sundeck.

Skico's application to expand into the 167-acre Pandora's section is still awaiting approval. It is scheduled for consideration on October 9, but could be reviewed even later if Skico needs more time to appease the concerns of commissioners. 

Jeff Hanle, a spokesman for Skico, says the company plans to hold back from overdevelopment and hopes that restraint will be enough to win the board's support.

“We’ve come to the table with what we feel is a good plan," Hanle said. "That we self-limit ourselves up there on some of the things that we would be allowed to do.”