Mudslide topples trees at Pitkin County ski area

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Cleanup is under way after a large mudslide toppled dozens of Aspen trees and enveloped a vehicle maintenance shop at the Buttermilk Ski Area in Pitkin County.

The slide was 60 feet wide and 100 feet long.

Aspen Skiing Co. Spokesman Jeff Hanle says no one was inside the maintenance shop and no one was injured as the mud came down the hill over a two-hour period Monday afternoon.

The Denver Post reports that the slide ruptured an oil tank at the shop, but the ensuing spill was contained to an adjacent parking lot.

The cost of the damage wasn't immediately known.

Hanle says geologists will determine what caused the slide but spring snowmelt is suspected.
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