Ski area, Forest Service to host Oct. 3 field session to provide overview of planned improvements at Summit County’s oldest ski area
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — U.S. Forest Service officials say they’ve accepted Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s proposal to begin implementing pieces of a master plan that was updated last winter, including a new lift in the Beavers area, a short surface lift to improve access to Montezuma Bowl, and increased water storage for snowmaking.
The new lift in the Beavers area, to the west of the ski area’s current operational boundary, would serve about 400 acres of terrain.
“Two or so trails would be cleared while the majority would be gladed. The proposal calls for a four-person lift that would gain 1,500’ in elevation,” said Forest Service snow ranger Shelly Grail. “The proposed reservoir expansion is still being fine-tuned. It’s final proposal location will be determined after more wetland delineation work and feedback from the Army Corps of Engineers,” Grail said. Continue reading