Crested Butte Ski Area Projects EIS

Project Overview

The Forest Service is responding to an application submitted under the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 1986 and Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011 (SAROEA) by CBMR to implement projects from their accepted MDP. These projects include:

Chairlifts

  • The Teo Park chairlift would be installed within the existing SUP boundary. The topdrive chairlift would be constructed as a fixed-grip triple chairlift with a slope length of approximately 3,050 feet and a capacity of 1,200 people per hour (pph).
  • The Teo Drainage chairlift would be installed within the proposed adjusted SUP area. The top-drive chairlift would be constructed as either a fixed-grip or high-speed detachable quad chairlift with a slope length of approximately 6,000 feet and a capacity of 1,200 pph.
  • The existing North Face surface lift would be replaced by a fixed-grip quad chairlift and realigned, with the top terminal remaining in its approximate location and the bottom terminal shifting north near the base of the Paradise Express chairlift. The North Face chairlift would be constructed with a slope length of 5,414 feet and a capacity of 1,800 pph.

Additional Ski Terrain

  • Over 500 acres of additional ski terrain would become lift-served, including 89 acres of developed ski trails and 434 acres of glades, in the Teo Park and Teo Drainage areas

Snowmaking

  • A total of 32 acres of new snowmaking coverage would be installed on Championship, Black Eagle, Lower Gallowich, Rachel’s, and Shep’s Chute ski trails.

Ski Patrol Building/Warming Hut

  • Ski patrol operations would be expanded to account for the incorporation of the Teo Drainage area into the developed lift and trail network.
  • A ski patrol building/warming hut would be constructed at the top of the proposed Teo Park and realigned North Face chairlifts.

Terrain Access Improvements

  • Five terrain access improvement projects would be constructed in areas of existing terrain. These terrain access improvements include a 10-foot-wide by 180-foot-long graded trail between the North Face and Spellbound Bowl areas. The second improvement would be a 10-foot-wide by 410-foot-long benched trail to Spellbound Bowl from Hawk’s Nest. Finally, three benches, all approximately 6 feet in width, would be constructed at the following trails: 190 feet in length on Banana, 140 feet in length on Funnel, and 40 feet in length on Flat Iron.

Mountain Biking and Multi-Use Trails

  • Approximately 15 miles of multi-use and mountain biking trails would be constructed within the existing SUP area and private lands in the base area. Trails would generally be between 24 and 48 inches in width, with some variation depending on the type of trail (downhill versus cross-country), steepness of the terrain, intended user group, and proximity to streams and water bodies.

The overall purpose of the proposed projects at CBMR is to address the existing constraints and conditions and further improve the skiing and mountain biking experience. The projects would meet the following needs:

  • Meet increased public demand for developed intermediate and expert ski terrain by developing the Main Mountain at CBMR;
  • Increase the total amount of developed and undeveloped terrain and ski pods, with an emphasis on intermediate, advanced, and expert ability levels in order to improve the skiing opportunities for guests, and thereby extend their length of stay;
  • Provide an expanded offering of additional recreational activities for year-round utilization of existing facilities, consistent with summer use impact zones in the 2013 Master Development Plan (MDP);
  • Continue to increase the quality of the facilities to meet the ever-increasing expectations of the local, regional, and destination skier markets; and
  • Improve skier circulation and opportunities by realigning the North Face chairlift, improving access to the North Face and Spellbound Bowl, and adding snowmaking infrastructure.

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