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Recession forces Marble Closure, Skiing access shut down | UNITED STATES, COLORADO | 01/28/2010, by powderjunky
The road, which is county owned, will shut down officially on Friday, January 29, 2010. Kimberly Perrin, administrative manger for Colorado Stone Quarries, said the operating costs were too high during this time of economic downfall. "It's not just maintaining the roads, it's heating the quarry, only having one work crew, water pipes freezing, and having an expensive special ventilation system, all adds to the costs of mining in the winter," Perrin said.
The county, will not help Colorado Stone Quarries It is an official unmaintained road and the county is unwilling to cooperate.
The road will be closed at the gate by the bridge, but winter recreationalists are welcome to travel on foot or machine beyond the closure at their own risk. The road follows many avalanche paths and with all the recent snowfall will likely be un-drivable very soon. The best options for future access to this backcountry mecca is by snowmobile, leg power, buying a big ass truck and plowing it yourself, or buying lots of marble to support the mining operation.
While this good thing has had to come to an end, the local backcountry skiing community is grateful for the years of easy access to such an amazing place.