History: Get a lift
September 19, 2013
"Cables from helicopters have been placing towers this week as work progresses on the $2 million expansion program at Snowmass Resort. Two new chairlifts, Wood Run and Alpine Springs, will be ready by mid-December," reported The Aspen Times in September 1973. The original Alpine Springs Riblet chairlift had a vertical rise of 1,059 feet and a capacity of 1,200 skiers per hour, while the Wood Run lift was the first triple chair and had a vertical rise of 764 feet with a load capacity of 1,800 skiers per hour. Neither of these still exists as they did then, although a newer four-person chair has replaced Alpine Springs.
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