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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Summer adventure options to expand at Snowmass

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service has released a draft decision that approves major recreation updates at Snowmass Ski Area.

Aspen Skiing Company hopes to attract a wide range of visitors to Snowmass year-round. The plan includes a mountain coaster, zip line and canopy tour, a ropes course and a climbing wall in the Elk Camp area. There are also plans for ten new mountain biking trails, spanning about 15 miles, designed for all ability levels.

The latest proposal removes a multi-purpose area near the Elk Camp Restaurant.

A final decision is expected in May, and the Forest Service is reviewing design proposals from SkiCo. Construction is likely to start this summer and could impact up to 25 acres on the mountain.  

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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