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Forest Service releases Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Golden Peak Improvements Project

MEDIA CONTACT: Marcia Gilles, Deputy District Ranger, 970-827-5150

Max Forgensi, Mountain Sports, 970-827-5157


Forest Service releases Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Golden Peak Improvements Project

MINTURN, Colo. – April 6, 2018 - The Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Vail Mountain Resort – Golden Peak Improvements Project to analyze and disclose the potential environmental effects of implementing projects to improve ski/snowboard racing terrain and associated facilities at Golden Peak.

Golden Peak serves as the primary ski and snowboard racing and training venue for Vail and the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV), and provides a world-class venue for local athletes and international events. As local, regional, national, and international groups continue to seek areas devoted specifically to ski and snowboard racing and training, a contained venue with adequate facilities to serve high-caliber events is needed. The proposed action seeks to improve the current facilities and terrain at Golden Peak to continue a legacy of ski and snowboard racing and training at Vail Mountain.

“The Golden Peak Improvements Project is consistent with the Vail Mountain Master Development Plan and would occur within the resort’s existing Special Use Permit area,” stated Marcia Gilles, Deputy District Ranger. “We look forward to hearing from the public and answering questions about the analysis at the open house meeting on April 10th.”

The Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District will hold a public meeting to answer questions about the project on April 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross District Office located at 24747 Highway 24, Minturn, CO 81645.

The Proposed Action includes the construction of one surface lift (T-bar or similar design) and approximately 42 acres of new ski trails for women’s Downhill and men’s Super G courses, a moguls course and skier cross course; various maintenance and storage facilities; infrastructure to support snowmaking; an access road for construction; staging areas and logging decks for construction materials and timber and vegetation removal; and surface smoothing/grading for new ski trails and drainage management. These projects would occur within the resort’s existing Special Use Permit (SUP) area and would be consistent with the 2007 Vail Resorts Master Development Plan Update.

How to Comment: The Environmental Protection Agency published a Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft EIS in the Federal Register on April 6, 2018. Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 45 days following that date. The publication date of the NOA in the Federal Register is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for a proposed action documented in a Draft EIS.

Comments may be submitted online to: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=47937 .Written comments should be submitted to: Golden Peak Draft EIS, Scott Fitzwilliams, c/o Max Forgensi, Mountain Sports/Special Uses Administrator, White River National Forest, P.O. Box 0190, Minturn, CO 81645; comments can be hand delivered between the hours of 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. The Forest Service encourages the public to use the project website and submit comments on-line. Electronic comments can also be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text (.rtf), or Word (.doc) to: mforgensi@fs.fed.us .

Only those who submit timely and specific written comments will have eligibility to file an objection under 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 218.8.