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ABCs of busing

Allyn Harvey
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Time to get on the bus, North 40.

A longtime in-town resident who recently moved to the North 40, the new neighborhood across from the airport and next to the Aspen Business Center, expressed frustration this weekend that he couldn’t hop on the Snowmass skier shuttle.

“I’d never drive my car to Snowmass if they would stop at the ABC,” he said. He suggested that the skier shuttle bus pull over at the airport light whenever someone is standing there with skis.

The Aspen Skiing Co. probably wishes that the shuttle stopped at North 40 last Saturday, when so many people drove to Snowmass. By late morning, the parking situation at Snowmass was zippo. Even the remote Rodeo lot was filled to capacity.

Parking attendants were telling people they could park at Two Creeks and catch a shuttle or set out on their own to find an unfilled spot in the village.

A senior manager at Skico, which pays for the shuttle, told On the Hill that he thought there was a very good chance the shuttle could begin stopping at the ABC.

“If there are skiers there, that’s what the skier shuttle is for, and we’d like to accommodate them,” he said.

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, which supplies the buses and shuttles, also needs to sign off before ABC service actually begins.

The weather and skiing conditions continue to reflect April more than November. On Snowmass, the base is 31 inches on top, 22 inches at midmountain. On Aspen Mountain, the base at the top is 21 inches and at midmountain it’s 16 inches. Conditions are packed powder throughout the resort, which hasn’t seen any new snow since the day before Thanksgiving.

The National Weather Service is predicting mostly cloudy skies today with highs between 35 and 45 degrees. Winds will be coming out of the west at 15 to 25 mph. Lows should be between 5 and 15 degrees.


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