Land continues to slide on Howelsen as rain delays repairs |

Land continues to slide on Howelsen as rain delays repairs

The remnants of a spring landslide on Howelsen Hill are visible next to the Alpine slide. The landslide is believed to have moved one of the chairlift towers and shifted some of the tracks on the slide.
Scott Franz

— The city of Steamboat Springs is starting to get a better idea of what it will take to fix Howelsen Hill this summer following a landslide.

City Manager Deb Hinsvark on Tuesday told city council members it will cost more than $200,000 to reposition a lift tower that was moved by the landslide.

She said that cost does not include dirt work that will also be necessary to stabilize the lift.

Another lift tower higher up the hill will also need to be shored up because of the landslide.

In recent days, city staff has been working with engineers to discuss repair options for the lift.

Hinsvark said it won’t be feasible to use a helicopter to reposition lift tower No. 6 due the tower’s angle, so a crane will have to be used.

She said it will likely be three weeks before the hill is dry enough for the crane to go up on the hill.

“I should have full (repair) costs for the council to consider on June 16,” Hinsvark said.

The landslide on the hill has continued to move and grow larger because of recent rain.

Repairs have been delayed because the hill hasn’t been dry enough to even assess the full extent of the damage, Hinsvark said.

In addition to shifting the chair lift, the slide also damaged the Alpine Slide, a popular summer attraction that has opened around Memorial Day in previous years.

The city doesn’t know yet when the attraction might reopen.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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