Public can comment on S’mass plans | AspenTimes.com

Public can comment on S’mass plans

Aspen Times Staff Report

The public comment period for a proposal to make some significant changes to the Snowmass Ski Area will remain open until June 23.

Approval from the U.S. Forest Service is needed before the Aspen Skiing Co. can regrade the top of Sam’s Knob and install new lifts to Sam’s Knob and the top of the Big Burn. The company also wants to cut a new trail, open glades and cut a new traverse on Burnt Mountain.

The Sam’s Knob portion of the proposal includes a new lift from the base of Fanny Hill, eliminating the three-chair trip currently required to reach the Knob. A ramp midway up the lift is planned so beginners can remain in the Fanny Hill and Burlingame area.

To accommodate the new terminus at the end lift, Skico officials say they need to regrade the top of the Knob, removing 16,000 cubic yards of dirt onto the Max Park, Sunnyside and Banzai trails.

The Burnt Mountain trail development includes clearing a new trail and partial clearing to create and enhance glade skiing. Burnt Mountain is on the southeastern edge of the ski area, above Elk Camp.

For a more detailed description of the plans, contact Jim Stark at 925-3445. Written comments should be sent to Aspen Ranger District, 806 W. Hallam St., Aspen, CO 81611.


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