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Snowmass adds 230 acres of new terrain on Burnt Mountain


Aspen Business Journal by staff writer.

SNOWMASS VILLAGE—Snowmass will add 230 acres of new terrain on Burnt Mountain this season, bringing total skiable acreage to 3,362 acres, the second largest ski area in Colorado. The terrain on Burnt Mountain features rolling, low-angle meadows, glades and spectacular views into the valleys between Snowmass and Buttermilk.

“This is a powder skiers dream,” said Steve Sewell, Snowmass mountain manager. “Burnt Mountain has beautiful terrain that will offer skiers and riders a super fun experience in an area that was formerly backcountry. Now it will be patrolled and controlled, opening up this amazing experience to more of the skiing and riding public.”

Crews will selectively glade approximately 6.5 acres of terrain to link a series of existing meadows. The area will be marked as advanced black diamond level of difficulty primarily because of the egress trail from the area returning to the bottom of the Two Creeks lift.

“We have worked closely with the community and the Forest Service over many years to bring this to the public,” said Rich Burkley, vice president mountain operations, Aspen Skiing Company. “We would like to acknowledge them for their thoroughness and patience in working through the issues surrounding this project.”

The area is located to the east of the Longshot run, and is accessible by a short hike from the top of the Elk Camp lift and is scheduled to open before the Christmas holidays, conditions permitting.

Total skiable acreage for Aspen/Snowmass is now 5,533 acres, all available on one lift ticket. Aspen/Snowmass has announced more than $17.5 million in capital improvements for the 2102-2013 in addition to this new terrain, including the new $15 million dollar restaurant at Elk Camp and a completely renovated and reinvented restaurant at The Little Nell at the base of Aspen Mountain.