Leadville Ranger District Announces Final Decision for Ski Cooper Way Back Pod Improvement Project

Contact(s): Lucero Hernandez, (719) 553-1415

PUEBLO, Colo., May 13, 2019 – Diana Trujillo, Forest and Grassland Supervisor for the Pike & San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands, signed the final Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Ski Cooper Way Back Pod Improvement Project on the Leadville Ranger District.

The project has support from both the local community and out-of-area visitors. "The Leadville Ranger District is very excited to see this project come together, and it will be great to work with Ski Cooper in the following months to implement the plan," said Michelle Mueggler, Natural Resources Specialist/Recreation Planner. This project was a collaborative effort between the USDA Forest Service, Ski Cooper and many other partners.

The final decision authorizes various activities and improvements at the Ski Cooper ski area, including the installation of a new ski lift, removal of vegetation to develop new ski trails and a maintenance access route, repositioning and reinstallation of the ski patrol headquarters building and the installation of a new vault toilet. This project will enhance the overall skiing experience within Ski Cooper’s current special use permit boundary while minimizing adverse effects on natural resources.

Approximately 71 acres of new intermediate and advanced skiing terrain will be created as a result of this project.

The final decision and project information are available online at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/psicc/landmanagement/projects or by contacting Michelle Mueggler, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at the Leadville Ranger District by phone: 719-486-7409 or via email: michelle.mueggler@usda.gov.

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