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Deadline for comments on Snowmass summer projects is April 29

Staff report

Scoping notice for the Snowmass Multi-Season Recreation Projects

The White River National Forest is seeking public comments about seven proposed summer activities at Snowmass by April 29.

The proposed projects, known as the Snowmass Multi-Season Recreation Projects,” include mountain biking and hiking trails, a mountain coaster, a canopy tour, zip line, challenge course, climbing wall and multi-purpose activity areas, all of which would be built within the Snowmass Ski Area. The Forest Service is seeking the public’s comments on the proposal as part of its Environmental Impact Statement, which considers any environmental impacts anticipated by the project.

“Your comments will help identify issues that will be used to focus our analysis and generate additional action alternatives, as necessary,” White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams wrote in the scoping notice, issued Friday.

Based on the Environmental Impact Statement analysis, Fitzwilliams will decide whether to approve the proposed action or one of the alternatives, and whether additional management requirements or mitigation measures will be required.

The proposal includes the addition of 10 new mountain biking trails and a skills park; a mountain coaster at Elk Camp; a canopy tour from Elk Camp Meadows down to the Slider ski trail; a zip line under the Elk Camp Gondola across the Funnel ski trail ending near the Gondola turn station; a challenge course at Elk Camp Meadows just uphill from the lower Magic Carpet; a 40-foot tall climbing wall to skier’s right of the Bull Run ski trail; and three so-called multi-purpose activity areas on the mountain.

View the entire scoping notice at http://www.aspentimes.com. All comments should include name, address, phone number and organization represented (if any), as well as the title of the project – “Snowmass Multi-Season Recreation Projects” – and specific facts, concerns or issues with supporting reasons for why they should be considered. The deadline is April 29.

Submit comments to Scott Fitzwilliams, c/o Roger Poirier, Project Leader, 900 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, 81601, or submit electronically at https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput?Project=49057.

A public open house is scheduled for April 7, at 6 p.m., at the Treehouse Kids Adventure Center, Eagle Peak Room, 120 Lower Carriage Way, in Snowmass Village.


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