Aspen Skiing Co. asks public to name trails in Pandora expansion

The proposed Pandora extension is circled in red. Credit: The Aspen Times

Aspen Skiing Co. (SkiCo) is asking the public to help name the runs for the resort’s new Pandora course, which is slated to open in 2023-24.

An online form asks people to submit their suggestions in five categories: local people, local history, mining history, remarkable terrain or Greek mythology.

Help us decide which trail names will live forever on our mountain when Pandora’s opens for the 2023-2024 ski season.

– Aspen Skiing Co.

The Pandora area of ​​Aspen Mountain is popular among country side users, and the resort wants to take advantage of that. Expansion into this area would yield 1,220 vertical feet of skiing, 153 more acres, and 15 cut and glade trails. Skico would set up a 4,191-foot high-speed quad to access the terrain. About 75% of the field is expert and 25% is intermediate. The choice of terrain, along with a reliable northeast aspect of 10,000 feet, would give it excellent conditions throughout the winter.

Jeff Hanle, vice president of communications, told the Aspen Times that this was the first time the public had been consulted on the names. Historically, ski patrollers, long-serving workers, corporate executives and owners have come up with names.

Entries must be submitted by Friday, October 21.

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The top of Aspen Mountain will be expanded with the new chairlift in the Pandora area. Credit: USFS

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