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Mudslide Strikes Snowmass Resort Ski Run

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(credit: aspensnowmass.com)

(credit: aspensnowmass.com)

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – A mudslide has scraped off part of a ski run at the Snowmass resort, and managers are looking to engineers to find a solution.

The slide is on the Campground run and is about 80 feet wide and 200 feet long.

Jeff Hanle, a spokesman for the Aspen Skiing Co., says slides have hit the same area three years in a row. He says the resort is working with an engineering firm to find a permanent fix.

Rich Burkley, the resort’s vice president for mountain operations, says the Campground run is prone to landslides, while on other runs, springs sometimes appear and old mine shafts reopen.

The company allows natural plant growth to cover smaller slide areas but re-grades big ones so skiers can use it next season.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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