WINTER PARK — Denver Water is in the beginning stages of burying a water pipe at Winter Park Resort that is part of the water utility’s Moffat Collection System, which is fed by tributaries of the Upper Williams Fork and Fraser Rivers.
The pipe, called Siphon 1, is a prominent pipeline at the base of Winter Park Resort that was installed in 1936 and transports water into the Moffat Tunnel and then into South Boulder Creek.
“Anybody who remembers skiing Winter Park remembers that pipe,” said Steven Hurlbert, public relations and communications manager for Winter Park Resort. “We are happy that the Denver Water Board has come up with a more efficient and aesthetically pleasing way to move their water.”
The pipe’s age and exposure to the elements are making maintenance to the pipe a growing challenge, according to Stacy Chesney, manager of media and executive communications for Denver Water.
To remedy the situation, Denver Water plans to remove about 1,100 feet of the steel siphon and replace it with a buried pipe of the same size.
The pipeline sits on National Forest Service land and the Forest Service supports the Denver Water Board’s efforts to replace the aging system, according to Craig McGwire, district ranger for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests.
The project is scheduled to be complete in late October, weather permitting, according to Chesney.
The resort is still determining treatment of the space once the pipe is removed from the hill, according Hurlbert. The project is expected to be completed well before snow-making operations begin at the resort and shouldn’t impact the upcoming ski season.
Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334