History: Happy birthday, High Alpine
On Nov. 9, 1978, The Aspen Times ran an article announcing the completion of the High Alpine chairlift, with a headline that read “New Snowmass lift is all ready to roll.” As the article noted, “Construction crews at the Snowmass Ski Area have taken advantage of the balmy fall weather to finish construction of the new High Alpine, Number 12, lift that is the highest in the Aspen-Snowmass complex with a top elevation of 11,808 feet, about 300 feet above timberline. The lift was first operated in mid-October and inspected by state and federal regulatory agencies. The lift is a double chair and the twelfth installed at Snowmass. It is nearly one mile long and opens an additional 100 acres of expert terrain, according to the Aspen Skiing Corporation.”
Skico is currently applying to convert the High Alpine lift, the oldest still operating on Snowmass, into a high-speed quad.
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