Breaking news: Mudslide hits Buttermilk building |

Breaking news: Mudslide hits Buttermilk building

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A mudslide tumbled down the lower slopes of Buttermilk ski area Monday afternoon and knocked a hole in a cinder block maintenance facility at the base, officials said.

The initial slide occurred at about 2:30 p.m. but additional waves of water, mud and small aspen tree clumps continued coming down periodically. No one was injured but a 1,000-gallon oil tank was knocked over, causing a minor leak, according to a report from an Aspen Times reporter at the scene.

The mudslide punched a hole into the rear of the building, which faced the slope. Power and gas to the structure were turned off.

A crew from the Aspen Skiing Co. was working above the visible portion of the slide area to try to divert water on the mountain. Witnesses said the mudslide ripped a 20-foot deep gash on the lower slopes.

This story will be updated.