Aspen Historical Society
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Snowmass Village, CO, Colorado

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March 26, 2013
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On the Wall

SNOWMASS VILLAGE - Snowmass ski patrollers Rob Clark, Fred Smith and Ken (last name unknown) look into the Hanging Valley Wall territory off of High Alpine in March 1976. After expanding the Snowmass ski trails around Alpine Springs with the 12th lift, High Alpine, in 1978, the Ski Patrol began opening the expert-only area. By 1984, portions of the Hanging Valley Wall and Hanging Valley Glades were open for all to enjoy, with continued expansions over the years that can only be accessed via a short hike to the entrance from the top of High Alpine chairlift at 11,808 feet. A two-seater fixed lift, High Alpine is one of the oldest lifts on Snowmass Mountain still used today by those skiers looking for laps on the "Wall."

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