1962: Buttermilk Mt. To Build New Double Chairlift
Now ending its fourth season, Buttermilk Mountain Ski Area will more than double its lift capacity this summer with the construction of a new double chairlift and restaurant.Construction of the new lift was announced this week by corporation president Friedl Pfeifer. It will connect the top terminal of the existing T-Bar to the top of Buttermilk Mountain, Pfeifer stated.Also to be constructed this summer is a small restaurant and sun deck at the top of the new lift. Plans call for this to be used only one or two seasons as a restaurant, then made into a first aid building when a larger restaurant can be built.The new lift has been ordered from Savio, an Italian firm, and is being imported and erected for Buttermilk Mountain by Larry Jump of Arapahoe Basin.With a capacity of 900 skiers an hour, the new lift will be 6,000 feet long and have a vertical rise of 1,200 feet. This will give the area a combined lift length of 10,000 feet with a 1950-foot rise. (April 13)Dates Given for Three Area Highway ProjectsWork on two major highway construction projects – widening of the Maroon Creek bridge and improvement of Colo. 82 through Snowmass canyon – will begin early in June and is scheduled for completion in the late summer or fall, it was learned this week.A third project, paving of three miles of Independence Pass road, beginning at the end of the asphalt stretch east of Aspen, is slated for late summer or fall. This portion of the route will be stabilized during the summer before being paved.Information on the work was given by Assistant State Highway Engineer Charles Shumate, Denver, to Pitkin County Commissioner Tom Sardy in a telephone conversation Monday. Sardy called Shumate to ask about rumors that the Maroon Creek Bridge job would be finished in June.In announcing the project in January, the Highway Department said that contracts would be let as soon as possible, presumably after the snow season, and that the new bridge would be ready in June. (May 18)6-year-old lost overnight wants peanut butter lunchLost overnight in the rugged country of the Fryingpan River Valley, six-year-old Scotty Jackson of Lubbock, Texas, told rescuers Wednesday that he would like a peanut butter sandwich but did not require any other attention.Clad in tennis shoes, light pants and a hooded sweatshirt, the small, red-headed youngster said he was “a little” cold but not frightened during what others called his ordeal. He slept under a tree Tuesday night and drank water from a stream.On a fishing excursion to Chapman Lake with his father, William, and 9-year-old brother, the boy became lost when he and his brother decided they would return to Chapman Dam, where the Jacksons were camping. His mother and sister had remained at the camp. (June 29)
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People may see smoke rising from the interior of the burn area of a Collins Creek prescribed fire over the next few days, according to a news release.