Skico pares plow plan |

Skico pares plow plan

Chad Abraham

An Aspen Skiing Co. official told the Pitkin County commissioners Wednesday that the company has modified its plan to plow Little Annie Road in response to neighbors’ resistance.The Skico needs to plow the road in order to install new gondola cars and finish related construction by July 1, when the gondola is scheduled to open for summer events.The company was initially seeking to plow the entire road on the back side of Aspen Mountain on April 1. But the Little Annie Homeowner’s Association sent a letter opposing the plan, saying the road and surrounding vegetation would be damaged and that the proposal was not in line with the area’s rural and remote designation.Steve Sewell, Aspen Mountain manager, said in Wednesday’s meeting that the Skico will now seek to plow only from the Sundeck restaurant atop the mountain to Midnight Mine Road. That is a considerably shorter distance. The company plans to plow that section May 15 and let the snow on the lower stretches of Little Annie Road melt naturally.He said that after June most of the remaining snow will be on the Sundeck-to-Midnight Mine Road section that the Skico wants to plow.Along with installing the new gondola cabins, the company will lay down 35 to 40 yards of concrete at the mountaintop terminal. Five concrete trucks will have to navigate Little Annie Road to do so.Brian Pettet, Pitkin County public works director, said his department will meet with the Skico and concerned residents to try to broker a compromise.Sewell’s comments came during the public comment section of the meeting. The commissioners will formally take up the issue April 4.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is

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