Against the wall | AspenTimes.com

Against the wall

Snowmass ski patrollers look into the Hanging Valley Wall territory off of High Alpine in March 1976. Aspen Skiing Co. started expanding the Snowmass ski trails around Alpine Springs in the early to mid-1970s, opening the 12th lift, High Alpine, in 1978. The ski patrol then began opening the expert-only area and scouting runs using snowcats for access. By 1984, portions of the Hanging Valley Wall and Hanging Valley Glades were open for all to enjoy, with continued expansions over the years that can only be accessed via a short hike to the entrance from the top of High Alpine chairlift at 11,808 feet. A two-seater fixed lift, High Alpine is one of the oldest lifts on Snowmass ski area still used today by those skiers looking for laps on the wall.


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