Forest Service asks for input on S’mass projects |

Forest Service asks for input on S’mass projects

Aspen Times staff report

The U.S. Forest Service Aspen Ranger District is asking for public comments on projects proposed for next summer on Snowmass Ski Area.

The Aspen Skiing Company has asked the Forest Service for approvals to build a snowcat maintenance barn at the mid-mountain Elk Camp base area, and to construct a pond for snowmaking water near the lower end of the Sheer Bliss lift. Comments must be received by Nov. 20.

The proposed 12,000-square-foot snowcat maintenance building would be on a one-acre site. It would incorporate underground fuel storage tanks with a 100,000-gallon capacity.

The Sheer Bliss water storage pond would take advantage of two naturally-occurring depressions immediately east of the Cabin Trail and downhill from the lower end of the lift. The ponds would be filled from the snowmaking system, which now draws water from Snowmass Creek, with some additional water from the west fork of Brush Creek. Using this pond would allow withdrawal of water from Snowmass Creek to be spread more evenly over a 12-hour period.

Address comments to Arthur Bauer, Aspen Ranger District, 806 Hallam, Aspen, CO 81611, or e-mail them to Comments should include the name, address and telephone number of the person submitting the comment. Comments should be specific.

Copies of the decision document will be mailed to those people who have submitted comments and to all who request a copy. For more information on the proposed projects or on the environmental review process, call Bauer at 925-3445.

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