Being a civic minded soul, I’d like to offer a few suggestions to remedy Aspen’s piles conundrum. Snow piles, that is.
1) Take those truckloads of snow to the city parks and build snow sculpture buildings (like that ice hotel in Iceland). Have a contest between the developers and the dirt pimps. Winners would get to rent out their snow castles to spring breakers. Losers would provide employee housing.
2) Go a couple of hundred yards past the locked gate to Independence Pass. Plow the road. Dump wherever the park feds allow.
3) Get serious about not leaving carbon footprints and eliminate thousands of those diesel belching miles. Install a melting station behind the post office. Get extra glitzy noise filters so no one complains.
I vote for No. 1.
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There is a lot of pent up energy among hikers and bikers to get into the high country, but snow fields, avalanche debris and high stream crossings are presenting challenges later than usual. Forest rangers with the Aspen-Sopris District provide trail condition reports that are updated each week so hikers and backpackers aren’t caught unaware.