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Village Express on schedule

Aspen Times Staff

Contrary to public speculation, the construction of the new Village Express six-pack chairlift at Snowmass Ski Area is not falling behind schedule, according to a Skico executive.

Some observers have speculated that the project, which is supposed to be finished in time for the start of the 2005-06 ski season, might be experiencing delays. But Bill Kane, the Aspen Skiing Co.’s vice president of planning and construction, said that perception is false.

“The Village Express, despite all appearances, is not behind schedule,” he said Thursday.

He said regrading work at the bottom of the Fanny Hill slope, dropping the ground level by as much as eight feet at the lower end, did fall behind schedule recently.

“I think there was significant nervousness a couple of weeks ago,” he said.

But the contractor has caught up, he said. “It looks like it’s back on schedule.”

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The regrading, he said, must be finished by Aug. 1 so that work can begin on the actual construction of lift towers and other components of the new lift. The Village Express is to carry skiers from the bottom of Fanny Hill to the reconfigured top of Sam’s Knob, where the old restaurant has been demolished to make room for a new one.