Forest Service seeks comments on Loveland Ski Area Lift Replacement

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 9, 2019) — The U.S. Forest Service’s Clear Creek Ranger District is seeking public comments on a proposal from Loveland Ski Area to replace the aging Lift 6. Lift 6 is the ski area’s oldest operating lift.

Since the ski area has experienced continued growth, the proposal calls for replacing the existing double fixed-grip lift with either a triple fixed grip or a high speed quad lift. This would increase uphill capacity from 1,200 people per hour to 1,800 people per hour, with a potential to add chairs for a maximum uphill capacity of 2,400 people per hour.

The proposed replacement would utilize the same alignment as the existing Lift 6 alignment; however, the new lift would require fewer towers with different spacing. Existing towers would be cut at ground level and removed over the snow. New towers would be flown in by helicopter since there is no road access to the proposed project area. Impacts to wetlands would be mitigated with project design criteria.

If you wish to comment on this proposal, please submit your written or electronic comments by Sept. 20, 2019, to Loveland Lift 6 Replacement Project; Clear Creek Ranger District; PO Box 3307; Idaho Springs, CO 80452. Comments may also be submitted electronically from the project website at:; click “Comment/Object on project” from the menu on the right side of the page.

For more information about this project, contact Rachel Franchina at 303-275-5093 or