Skiing Co. solves its stench mystery |

Skiing Co. solves its stench mystery

Aspen Times Staff Report

Ajax is passing the stink test again.

Officials with the Aspen Skiing Co. believe they eliminated an odor which plagued Aspen Mountain this young season. Crews found a manhole cover knocked off a sewer line alongside the Silver Bell trail last week.

“Apparently the problem has been rectified,” said Skico spokeswoman Rose Abello. “It’s in the 90-percent-fixed category.”

Skiers may still catch a whiff of an errant odor. Abello noted that a vent on the sewer line that serves the mountain facilities may occasionally send out some pungent air.

But that’s not as bad as the smell situation that had existed almost every day this season. Skiers heading down the east side of the mountain often hit a small area of stench on Silver Bell just above Pussyfoot.

Super sniffers at the Skico narrowed down the area where the smell was coming from and crews dug up the line and found the displaced manhole cover. It’s unknown how the manhole cover became dislodged, since it is buried under snow, grass and dirt. Sewer saboteurs aren’t suspected.

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