Forest Service seeks comments on Snowmass trail plan

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment as part of an environmental review being performed on three mountain bike trails proposed by the Aspen Skiing Co. at Snowmass Ski Area.

The three trails are designed to accommodate riders with differing abilities and provide riding in a natural setting. The Funnel Single Track Trail would provide an intermediate descent to Snowmass Village. It would wind through the conifer and aspen forests between the Funnel and Adam’s Avenue ski trails. It would intersect the existing Government and Cross-Mountain Trails in several places.

The Upper Cross-Mountain Connector “Expresso” Trail would provide a connection from Elk Camp Meadows to the existing Cross-Mountain Trail.

The Free-ride Trail would be an advanced route designed by Gravity Logic Inc. of Whistler. It would offer downhill and freestyle riding from the Elk Camp Gondola to Snowmass Village. It would include bermed corners, table-top jumps and other design features.

Public comments are wanted before Oct. 1. Comments should include: name, address, telephone number, and organization represented, if any; a reference to the “Snowmass Mountain Bike Trails” project; and specific facts, concerns or issues, and supporting reasons that officials should consider.

Written comments may be submitted via mail, fax, or in person to: Jim Stark, project leader, White River National Forest, 806 W. Hallam, Aspen, CO 81611, FAX (970) 925-5277 or e-mailed to – “Snowmass Mountain Bike Trails” should be in the subject line.