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Forest Service moves closer to approving winter enhancements at Snowmass

White River National Forest

The White River National Forest has moved one step closer to approving several winter enhancements on public land at the Snowmass ski area.

The Aspen Skiing Company proposed the projects and the Forest Service began anenvironmental review in August. They include a replacement and realignment of the 35-year-old High Alpine chairlift, additional snowmaking on the Green Cabin run and trail and glade construction projects. The Skiing Company wants to provide gladed terrain for non-expert skiers.

The draft assessment is now open to a 45-day objection period, when the public can comment. Final approval is expected after that.

From the Feb. 25th, 2015 Forest Service press release:

Objections, including attachments, must be filed via mail, fax, email, hand-delivery, express delivery, or messenger service (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays) to: Reviewing Officer Dan Jirón, Regional Forester, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, 740 Simms, Golden, CO 80401; FAX:(303) 275-5134, or via email at: r02f15admin_review@fs.fed.us.

Hard copies of the Snowmass EA are available for review at the Sopris Ranger Station, the Forest Supervisor’s office, and public libraries in Aspen, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs. In addition, the Snowmass EA is viewable on the Internet at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=44643

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