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White River National Forest approves projects at Copper Mountain Resort

Daily Staff Report

FRISCO ” The White River National Forest has approved

several projects at Copper Mountain Resort to improve current

infrastructure and quality of experience for visitors. The projects include

new snowmaking in the Timberline Express area, significant expansion to

Solitude Station, lift access on Tucker Mountain and gladed skiing and

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riding in the areas of Union Meadows, Super Bee and Fremont Glades.

“I’m excited about the new skiing and snowboarding opportunities and the

efforts to bring resort infrastructure into a better balance with current

use levels,” said District Ranger Rick Newton. “The mountain needed ways to

update distribution and circulation of their guests.”

“We’re very pleased to have worked closely with our partners at the US

Forest Service in order to provide a greater guest experience here at

Copper Mountain,” said Copper Mountain General Manager Gary Rodgers. “In

the coming years, guests will see new trails, improved snowmaking and

expanded restaurant facilities on the mountain, all geared toward creating

memories for our guests and staff.”

More specifically there is a need to improve terrain quality so skiers are

better distributed across the mountain, especially during early-season

skiing. Existing lift capacity will be improved and more early-season

beginner and intermediate terrain will be available through additional


These projects represent the best balance in meeting public expectations

for quality alpine experiences and year-round recreational opportunities in

the White River National Forest, while minimizing or avoiding potential

environmental impacts through careful planning and effective mitigation

measures and monitoring requirements.

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