Uphilling restricted on three ski hills | AspenTimes.com

Uphilling restricted on three ski hills

Aspen Times Staff

As soon as the lifts close for the season, following the staff ski days at Snowmass and Ajax, construction will begin on mountain improvements on Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain. As a result, there will be closures and restrictions on uphill hiking, snowmobiling and skiing on these mountains. Due to logging and other construction activities related to the Deep Temerity project, all terrain at Aspen Highlands above the Merry-Go-Round restaurant is closed to hikers in search of skiing or boarding opportunities, as well as to summer hiking and biking. The closure is in effect immediately as trees are being felled and skidding activities will begin shortly.Also, as in the past, private snowmobiles are not allowed on private lands surrounding the Highlands’ base area or on Forest Service property within the ski area boundary. (Private snowmobile traffic is not allowed on any of the Skico’s four mountains.) At Snowmass, construction will begin immediately on Base Village and associated mountain improvements. The majority of the work will take place in the Fanny Hill, Burlingame and Sam’s Knob areas. There will be restrictions and closures on uphill traffic in these areas. Snowmass will open for summer hiking and biking, and the Burlingame lift will run July 1 through Sept. 5. Thanks to an agreement between the Town of Snowmass Village, Aspen Skiing Company and Intrawest, lift rides will be free this summer in Snowmass.At Aspen Mountain, work will begin on the upper and lower gondola terminals. Summer Road up the face of the mountain will be plowed for construction traffic.Buttermilk is hosting a photo shoot for the next week, and uphillers are asked to stay out of the terrain park on Government. Uphill traffic is allowed on the rest of the mountain, but the Skico warns hikers to be aware of snowmobile and other vehicle traffic, and to pick up after their dogs.

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