Aspen Skiing Co. to hold public outreach on Aspen Mtn plan, including Pandora terrain expansion |

Aspen Skiing Co. to hold public outreach on Aspen Mtn plan, including Pandora terrain expansion

A skier navigates the Walsh's trail on Aspen Mountain on January 2017. Aspen Skiing Co. is ready to pursue the Pandora project, which would add 153 acres of intermediate and expert terrain to skier's right of Walsh's, in the background.

Aspen Skiing Co. will host a public outreach meeting Wednesday to discuss its 2018 Aspen Mountain Master Development Plan and its specific proposal for the Pandora terrain expansion and chairlift.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Limelight Hotel.

"It's more of an informational meeting than a 'what do you want us to do?' meeting," Jeff Hanle, Skico vice president of communications, said Wednesday. "We're there to present the facts and answer questions."

The Aspen Mountain master plan was accepted by the White River National Forest earlier this winter. It lays out Skico's long-range plan for projects at the ski area. Skico must still apply for specific projects in the plan and the Forest Service will review them.

After the plan was accepted, Skico submitted a proposal for the Pandora terrain expansion on the upper east side of the ski area, to skier's right of the existing Walsh's trail. The terrain would be served by a new chairlift.

Skico also is seeking immediate approval for snowmaking on the upper third of the mountain. That would provide top-to-bottom snowmaking.

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Skico's meeting next week is separate from any public process the Forest Service will hold.

Longer range projects that will be discussed Wednesday include other possible lift infrastructure changes, potential rejuvenation of Ruthie's Restaurant and status of the Lift 1A base area redevelopment, according to a notice by Skico.

The master plan also calls for the eventual demolition of the ski patrol headquarters and construction of a new facility near the upper Silver Queen Gondola terminal. Hanle said a company official said that project is at least five years off, if not longer.


What: Aspen Skiing Co. public outreach meeting

When: Wednesday, March 14, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Limelight Hotel

Why: Outline of Aspen Mountain Master Development Plan, including Pandora expansion, snowmaking addition