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Bell Chair makes season debut

By Troy Hooper
Real AspenDecember 21, 2010
The Bell Chair is back.

The old-school lift that ferries skiers up Bell Mountain cranked up for the season on Saturday. The two-seat lift drops off near the top of Sunset, allowing prime access to the Back, Face and Ridge of Bell.

The Bell Chair stopped running regularly in the 1990s in large part because the Silver Queen Gondola can transport skiers from the bottom of Aspen Mountain to the top in under 15 minutes. The Bell Chair moves slow and covers a shorter distance in almost the same amount of time as the gondola.

But it has charm and is a favorite of many of Aspen's die-hards.

And, unlike the gondola, it allows its riders to take in the outdoors and feel the sunshine on their face. Or, as has been the case the last several days, feel the snow melt on their face. Yes, there are copious amounts of snow on the mountains this week and the Powder Predictor says even more is on the way.

Yesterday was a bit odd, however. While meteorologists were sounding alarms about an “epic” snowstorm that would blanket the Western Slope, downtown Aspen was drenched in rain.

But several hundred feet up the mountain, the rain turned to snow with plenty of powder to be had.

There is currently a break in the precipitation but that doesn't mean it's over.

So continue to dream of a white, and not a wet, Christmas.

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