New Big Burn Chairlift Continues a Renaissance at Snowmass
This summer, Aspen Snowmass replaced the Big Burn lift on Snowmass with a new six-passenger, high-speed chairlift as the old lift had reached its ‘operational lifetime.’ The new $10.8 million chairlift will have a ride time of almost seven minutes and is another substantial investment on the long list of recent improvements that have taken place at Snowmass in recent years. The new state-of-the-art Direct Drive chairlift will contain 89 chairs on the line, which will align with similar capacity to the old Big Burn Chairlift for the time being.
The Snowmass renaissance has seen the likes of a new on-mountain restaurant called Sam’s
, a modern Italian concept, as well as the significant Snowmass Base Village (SBV) development, which includes the build-out of a new Limelight Hotel Snowmass
, a large Four Mountain Sports rental/retail store, an ice skating rink, The Collective Snowmass community building, and new restaurants and shops. In the last six years, Snowmass has also seen the addition of the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster
(open during the winter months), as well as upgrades to the High Alpine zone, which included a high-speed quad, as well as a complete renovation of Gwyn’s High Alpine
This past spring, Aspen Snowmass sold the old Big Burn lifts with all proceeds going to the Aspen Snowmass employee funded and run Caring for Community Fund
. The proceeds totaled $20,000 and were distributed amongst local non-profits that assist in times of need with things like safe and affordable housing, counseling, food aid, legal assistance, healthcare and job training resources.