Monday is deadline for Golden Peak comments
VAIL — The deadline is Monday for comments related to the environmental and social effects of Vail Mountain’s proposed Golden Peak expansion. If approved, the project would add one lift and 42 acres of new ski trails for a World Cup downhill course, lift operating buildings, race start buildings and more.
The project is a continuation of a similar effort analyzed in 2009. The 2009 federal environmental impact statement contained site-specific analysis of the proposed racing and training terrain and infrastructure, but these projects were not approved in the 2009 record of decision due to concerns with stream health, soil stability and sedimentation.
Since it was originally proposed and analyzed in the 2009 environmental impact statement, Vail, in collaboration with U.S. Forest Service hydrologists, addressed the environmental concerns in the project proposal area with development and implementation of a drainage management plan and slope stability analysis. These mitigations have improved the resource conditions on Golden Peak, said District Ranger Aaron Mayville. The 2017 proposed project also saw a reduction in the area of new ski trails and number of proposed lifts, down to one from three in 2009.
“Over the past several years, Vail has worked with our specialists to mitigate and improve the natural resource concerns within the proposed project area,” Mayville said. “The improved conditions give them the opportunity to resubmit the proposal and move forward with the public process.”
The Forest Service will take all comments into consideration as they kick off their formal analysis.
“We’ll analyze what are the environmental and social impacts of this project moving forward,” Mayville said.
Once a draft document is prepared as an environmental impact statement, the document will be released to the public and people will get another chance to comment on the project at that time.
To be most effective when submitting comments, the Forest Service asks that you include your name, address, telephone number and any organization you’re representing. Make sure you reference the Golden Peak Improvements Project and list any specific facts, concerns or issues and supporting reasons why they should be considered.
Written comments must be submitted via mail, fax, electronically or in person Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays, to Scott Fitzwilliams, c/o Max Forgensi, Mountain Sports and Special Uses Administrator, White River National Forest, P.O. Box 190, Minturn, CO 81645; fax 970-827-9343. Electronic comments including attachments can be submitted to: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=47937.
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