ASPEN, CO — The Aspen Skiing Co. is investing more than $27 million into its mountains this summer, adding new restaurants, a ski lift and mountain biking trails. Work has begun at Buttermilk, Snowmass and Highlands, and is expected to be completed by opening day of the 2011-12 ski season.
Buttermilk’s Tiehack area is getting a new high-speed quad lift. This $7 million chairlift will replace both the Upper Tiehack and Hgle Hill chairs. The new “Tiehack Express” will take skiers 1,640 vertical feet to the top in seven minutes. It’s slated to be finished by mid-October.
The Highlands’ Merry-Go-Round is being completely remodeled. This $5.8 million project should be done by 12/12/11. The interior remodel is dubbed “duct tape chic,” meaning it will be functional and comfortable — not too sleek or snobby. To work up your appetite we suggest you cruise down the Highland Bowl, which offers some of the best inbounds skiing in North America. Multiple choices of lines, exposures and the camaraderie of fellow hard corps skiers await you at the top. And with its own micro climate, the Bowl has powder pretty much every day so it’s well worth the hike.