Arapahoe Basin moving ahead with Beavers expansion

Open house set for Dec. 3

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Arapahoe Basin is moving ahead with an expansion plan that would add more than 400 acres of terrain in the Beavers area.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Arapahoe Basin and the U.S. Forest Service are moving ahead with the first formal step in the review process for a significant expansion at Summit County’s oldest ski area.

Adding a lift the Beavers area, west of existing lift-served terrain at the area, would mitigate public safety issues and enhance A-Basin’s reputation as a destination for advanced skiers, the Forest Service said in its scoping notice for the plan. Altogether, the Beavers expansion would add about 430 acres, including 125 acres of tree skiing.

The ski area also wants to expand its reservoir for snowmaking water, add a short surface lift to ease access to Montezuma Bowl and replace the Molly Hogan lift in the beginner area, as well as remove the seldom-used Norway chair and plan for potential zip line installations to enhance summer recreation.

The White River National Forest will evaluate and disclose impacts of the proposal with an Environmental Impact Statement. The first step is public scoping session, which helps the agency identify potential issues that need to be analyzed in the EIS.

A public open house is set for Dec. 3, 4:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Silverthorne Library. Forest Service experts and ski area officials will be available to answer questions and provide more information.

Scoping comments are due by Jan. 17, 2014. By mail: Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor, c/o Joe Foreman, Winter Sports Permit Administrator, Dillon Ranger District, 680 Blue River Pkwy, PO Box 620, Silverthorne, CO 80498; or email: wrnf_scoping_comments@fs.fed.us. Please include 2013 A-Basin 2013 Improvements EIS in the subject line.

For more information, contact Joe Foreman at 970-262-3443. Project information will also be online at this White River National Forest website.

Scoping notice:

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