Arapahoe Basin getting a high-speed lift and other upgrades — The Know

The U.S. Forest Service will let Arapahoe Basin replace a key chairlift and construct a warming hut with food service on the upper part of the mountain.

The Lenawee lift, which is a slow, fixed-grip, three-person chair from mid-mountain to the summit, will be replaced during summer 2022 by a faster, detachable-grip chair that’ll seat either four or six. A-Basin management hasn’t yet decided the seating situation.

The Steilhang Hut, which will be constructed this summer, will offer year-round food service, indoor seating and an outdoor deck. It will be constructed near the Via Ferrata (the “Iron Way” in Italian) rock climbing area on the East Wall, which is set to open this summer with steel cables, iron rungs and harnesses for safety protection.

The Forest Service also approved a new food service building adjacent to the Black Mountain Lodge.

“Downhill skiing is one of the primary recreational activities that make the White River National Forest the most visited national forest in the country,” said Bobbi Filbert, acting Dillon district ranger. “These improvements are within A-Basin’s permitted operational boundary, and the project is designed to minimize potential impacts to other resources.”

Existing lift towers will be retained where feasible, the news release from the Forest Service said. No trees will need to be removed, and wetlands will be avoided.

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