celebrates 60 continuous years of operation! The ski area
was first opened as Skyline Ski Area on January 20, 1949. Look
for celebration festivities this year.
The most exciting new
item for this season is a Kassbohrer Pistenbully Model 300 Snow
Grommer, with 4.2M Kombi Tracks, 300 Front Mount, 4.4M
Switchblade and 4.3M Flex tiller. True to our budget
minded operation, the cat is "new to us." It is
just 3 years old with low miles on a not so steep
mountain. The price was right, with it having be
"repoed" from another area.
In the Rental Shop,
the snowboard fleet has seen a major upgrade. This season
we'll have over 150 boards including over 100 Rossignal twin tip
rental boards with Atomic PIQ rental bindings with quick
adjust features. New boots are the Atomic PIQ Boa.
The boot size run is geared to Middle School size feet.
This means that our school groups will hit the slopes much
quicker, with no tedious lacing and binding adjust time.
Also, we got a great buy on Carrera Helmets that are much easier
to size than our previous stock. Where to put all of this new
equipment in our out grown space is always a challenge.
Check out our creative use of space!
If you were here last
season on the day we were without water because of frozen water
pipes, this change is for you! Last season after a
prolonged power outage, frozen water pipes took hours to thaw
out. Now, if the power goes out, pipes to the storage tank
will drain. The same change was also make in our
snowmaking system. All of the water pumps culinary and
snowmaking were rebuilt or replaced this summer. Valves
were upgraded and more storage capacity added to the snowmaking
Keeping our lift
equipment in good shape is always a priority. First the
Skyline was rebuilt and converted to a triple chair, then the
Aspen. This summer the focus turned to the Sunshine
Lift. The motor was pulled out and sent to town for a
rebuild and a new communication line is being installed. A bonus
of the comm line project is that we will again have hard wiring
for race timing.
Snow fences are vital
to holding good snow on the Aspen Area. Buck fences that
kept blowing over in big storms have bee replaced with fence
posts. A new snow fence line has been added where the
little portable fences used to be. This will make a huge
difference in snow retention in the middle of the area.