On The Hill: Take a ride on the doomed relic of a soon-to-be bygone era, Snowmass’ High Alpine lift | AspenTimes.com

On The Hill: Take a ride on the doomed relic of a soon-to-be bygone era, Snowmass’ High Alpine lift

VIDEO: The fixed-grip, center-pole, double-chair that carries the best skiers on Snowmass to the goods at the top of High Alpine will be a thing of the past in just about a year, doomed to be replaced by a high speed quad.

The new alignment and additional capacity will surely boost the usage and time spent getting to some of the valleys best skiing, but Aspen Times mountain correspondent has a special love for the slow-moving, ground-hugging relic after having spent several winters as a lifty there in the 90’s.

In today’s video Corby takes the viewer for a ride up the old High Alpine lift to revel in its simplicity and mellow vibe.

On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.

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ASPEN SKI COMPANY OFFICIAL REPORT: 1″ in the past 24 hours, 1″ in 48 hours and 1″ in the last 7 days. High of 48°, low of 23°.

ASPEN TIMES FIELD REPORT: Spring skiing rules the week. Warm, changing light conditions, slushy, freeze/thaw cycle creating varying conditions depending on where you ski and what time of day it is. Bring sunscreen!

LIFT LINE STATUS: Slide right up!

LISTENING TO: Taj Majal “Farther On Down the Road”

SNOWCAST: NOAA.com is reporting:

Today: Scattered rain and snow showers before 3pm, then scattered rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 54. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 57. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon.

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