People keep skiing uphill Aspen mountains as crews make snow

People keep skiing uphill Aspen mountains as crews make snow

The Aspen-area uphilling community is taking advantage of stellar snow conditions on ski slopes this fall but some are leaving common sense behind, Aspen Skiing Co. officials said Monday night.

Skico officials held a community meeting at the Limelight Hotel to stress the company will continue to embrace the practice of people traveling uphill at the ski areas but they also urged self-policing and safe practices.

About 200 people are heading up Aspen Mountain per day while crews are in the thick of snowmaking and snowcat operations. Snowmakers typically have to halt operations to let people by safely.

Officials said among the biggest danger is running over high voltage electrical wires powering the snow guns, running into hoses for snowmaking guns and venturing too close to snowcats and in the blind spots of operators. But the biggest uphill sin, Katie Ertl, Skico senior vice president of mountain operations, and others stressed, is ascending or descending too close to cats during winch operations, where a cat uses another cat or stationary object as an anchor to groom steep slopes.

Read more about how to uphill ski at Aspen Mountain safely at The Aspen Times.

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