Skiers and riders headed to Aspen Snowmass next season can look forward to some on-mountain improvements in the works this summer to the tune of nearly $8 million in the form of a faster chairlift, more snowmaking and additional tree skiing. According to a press release, Aspen Skiing Company will replace and realign the High Alpine lift on Snowmass with a new high-speed quad, cutting ride time in half from 11 minutes down to 5.6. The company also plans to implement additional trail and glade construction projects and expand snowmaking, installing equipment on two existing trails.

Aspen received the necessary approval from the United States Forest Service this week after an uncontested 45-day objection period for the draft Decision Notice. Construction will be confined to Snowmass Ski Area’s current Forest Service-administered special use permit boundary once it gets underway this summer. The projects are not expected to impact the resorts summer activities. 

“With the realignment and the additional trail work and glading, our guests will have a vastly improved experience in the High Alpine pod on Snowmass,” said Steve Sewell, Snowmass general manager. “The new alignment will allow guests to ski from Rock Island, AMF and the Cirque without dropping to the lower mountain to access the High Alpine area. Additionally, skiers and riders can now easily access Upper Green Cabin without a long flat traverse... especially important for snowboarders. This will improve the upper mountain circulation. There is no change in access to the Hanging Valley and no change in the uphill lift capacity.”