|Tiehack Pedestrian and winter Nordic Ski Bridge
Local nordic skier, Helen Carlson, skates across the Tiehack bridge towards Buttermilk and the Owl Creek trail to Snowmass. The Tiehack Bridge, part of the city of Aspen’s recreational trail system, is used by pedestrians and bicyclists on the Government Trail and Nordic skiers on the city’s groomed trail system. The bridge also provides a quick and easy access to the school's skiing program at Buttermilk.
The Tiehack Bridge is a 606-ft-long steel-deck arch bridge that contains a 406-ft-long steel-deck arch. It is now Colorado’s longest arch span—second only in total span length to the Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City—with an arch section that rises 175 ft above Maroon Creek.
The bridge’s impact on the environment played a big role in the project’s design. The city wanted to be sensitive to the site, while providing unobstructed views of the Maroon Creek Valley. The bridge also needed to be strong enough to support the weight of winter XC trail grooming equipment.