Public input sought on Ashcroft plans |

Public input sought on Ashcroft plans

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Aspen Ranger District office of the U.S. Forest Service is asking for comments from the public on elements of a master plan for construction and improvements at Ashcroft Ski Touring.

The parts of the plan that involve national forest land will be studied in detail in an environmental assessment to be completed by the Forest Service. The agency wants comments on the Ashcroft Ski Touring proposals to help decide what should be studied in the assessment.

The proposed activities include replacement of the Pine Creek Cookhouse, replacement of the existing A-frame buildings, the renovation of the King Cabin at the entrance to the ski area, the relocation of the existing school house for housing, replacement of the maintenance barn, replacement and reconfiguration of parking lots, and the replacement of water and sewage systems. Ashcroft Ski Touring is also asking for approval of summer operations and special events.

The environmental assessment will also include possible land exchanges involving the Montezuma Mill site parcel and the Ryan parcel and an alternate, private-land access to the Ryan parcel to protect Castle Creek Road, used by nordic skiers, from being plowed beyond the Ashcroft townsite.

The master plan can be viewed at the Aspen Ranger District or at the Pitkin County Library during normal hours of operation.

Questions on the proposed Ashcroft Ski Touring Center Master Plan should be directed to Art Bauer or Andy Steele at the Aspen Ranger District office, (970) 925-3445.

Comments on actions proposed on national forest land should be specific and should be submitted in writing to the Aspen Ranger District, 806 W. Hallam St. Aspen, CO 81611, no later than May 17, 1999.

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