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Make Lift 1A welcoming

Dear Editor:

As you know, I have expressed high hopes for the new development. On Thursday, the task force is going to review its goals to see if the development project meets those goals. I have questions regarding two of your approved goals and hope that you can provide answers.

Goal No. 1: Provide easy and welcoming access to ALL users that integrates the Lift One neighborhood and town while minimizing traffic and pavement.

Goal No. 2: Develop improved lift access and infrastructure that includes the World Cup venue and YEAR-ROUND activities.

Please explain how moving the ski lift up Aspen Mountain 200 feet with only a ladder or rope tow meets the goal set for easy and welcoming access for ALL users

YEAR-ROUND and for World Cup venues.

The rope tow as proposed only will be open for uphill traffic until 12:30 p.m. when there is snow, and, when there is no snow eight months out of the year or melted snow, it’s either a hike up steep Aspen Street or take a shuttle on pavement with lots of greenhouse gases which contribute to the snow melting even faster, which is contrary to the Aspen Skiing Co.’s policy of environmental stewardship.

What happened to the smart idea of a series of escalators from Dean Street to the bottom of Lift 1A or even an aerial people mover which does not have repeat skiing but works as a people mover to get people from Dean Street to the bottom of the new lift which is 200 feet up the mountain?

Is it possible to do a combination of rope tow and a series of escalators so that your approved goals really can be met?

Thank you for your answers during the meeting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Kaufman Room at the Aspen Meadows Doerr-Hosier Center.

Toni Kronberg

Aspen


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