New Lifts, Possible Lighting For Aspen's Buttermilk
A lift serving the superpipe and lower jumps at Aspen’s Buttermilk, and maybe lighting for early evening feature use, are part of the Aspen Skiing Company’s master plan.
The plan, actually an amendment, was submitted to the Pitkin County Community Development Office, according to the Aspen Times. The filing will initiate a review of proposals. Also included are the installation of Nordic jumps on the Tiehack side of the mountain and a surface lift to serve them, a new Children’s Center at the base, a new day lodge, and the remodeling of Bumps Restaurant.
The application noted, says the Times story, that the Skico goal is not to increase skier capacity, but to improve the guest experience.
Buttermilk is the smallest of the Aspen mountains, but is so well known because it has hosted the ESPN Winter X Games for 11 years.
Summer is on their mind as well. The application includes future plans to open the door for lift-served mountain biking activities at the Cliffhouse, children’s day care and summer camp activities, horseback trail rides, concerts, and competitions.