Proposal to link Aspen’s ski areas by Gondola rejected

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The Silver Queen gondola on Aspen Mountain.

A request for $5,000 USD (£3,100) to run a study in to the viability of linking Aspen’s four separate ski areas has been rejected by the famous Colorado resort’s Elected Officials Transportation Committee (EOTC).

The plan had been submitted by an Aspen resident but he was told that he’d need more public support in order for the proposal to be considered seriously.  Some councillors supported the proposal saying it would be good for the environment and good for integrating the ski areas at Snowmass, Aspen Highlands. Buttermilk and Aspen itself but others said that the existing bus service needed further support, that a gondola system would not provide big enough transport capacity, would impact sensitive wildlife habitats and might cause problems for customers relying on it if high winds stopped operations.

 

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