Aspen Mountain (Colorado)

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Aspen Mountain
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Aspen Mountain, seen from the northwest showing the lower ski runs of the Aspen Mountain ski area
Highest point
Elevation 10,705 ft (3,263 m) [1] [2]
Prominence 80 ft (24 m) [2]
Isolation 0.80 mi (1.29 km) [2]
Coordinates 39°10′34″N106°49′45″W / 39.1760986°N 106.8292058°W / 39.1760986; -106.8292058 Coordinates: 39°10′34″N106°49′45″W / 39.1760986°N 106.8292058°W / 39.1760986; -106.8292058 [3]
Geography
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Aspen Mountain
Location Pitkin County, Colorado, U.S. [3]
Parent range Elk Mountains [2]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Aspen, Colorado [3]

Aspen Mountain is a mountain summit in the Elk Mountains range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 10,705-foot (3,263 m) peak is located in White River National Forest, 1.4 miles (2.2 km) south-southeast (bearing 162°) of downtown Aspen in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. [1] [2] [3] The north face of the mountain is the location of the Aspen Mountain ski area, one of four adjacent ski areas operated collectively as Aspen/Snowmass.

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Aspen Mountain is not particularly high, relative to other mountains in Colorado, but nonetheless looms over the town of Aspen because of the proximity of the town, which was founded as a silver mining camp in 1879 during the Colorado Silver Boom. The mountain flank was the site of intense mining activity in the late 1880s and early 1890s, with many remains of mining activity below and on the surface of the mountain. In the middle 20th century it became the site of recreational downhill skiing. In 1946, the newly formed Aspen Skiing Company, founded by Walter Paepcke, built the first chairlift to the top of the mountain and opened the ski area that bears the name of the mountain. Nowadays, people use a modern gondola, which holds six people, to get to the top of the mountain.

Aspen Mountain is alternatively called Ajax by the locals. [4]

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References

  1. 1 2 The elevation of Aspen Mountain includes an adjustment of +1.656 m (+5.43 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Aspen Mountain, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Aspen Mountain". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  4. Sackariason, Carolyn (2010-03-01). "On the hill: Fast times on Ajax". Aspen Times . Retrieved 7 March 2010.