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Ski Area Development


Arizona Snowbowl

9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, San Francisco, CA 3 member panel unanimously imposed sanctions for costs except attorneys fees against Save the Peaks Coalition attorney Howard Shanker personally in June 2012 for the Save the Peaks Coalition v. U.S. Forest Service lawsuit because Shanker “grossly abused the judicial process in bringing this case solely to ensure further delay and forestall development” and "acted in bad faith and for oppressive reasons".

This panel had ruled in favor of Arizona Snowbowl in February 2012 agreeing that U.S. Forest Service adequately considered the risks of using reclaimed water to make snow by Arizona Snowbowl. In July 2012 Save the Peaks Coalition filed for a rehearing en banc claiming that panel decision conflicts with a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court and with decisions of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Construction began in May 2011 and continued on in 2012 on the total 14 mile long pipeline project from Flagstaff which in phase 1 is expected to provide snowmaking for 134 acres of the approved 205 acres starting in the 2012-2013 season.

Arizona Snowbowl had won approval of its snowmaking plan when in June 2009 the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the previous case Navajo Nation et al v. U.S. Forest Service (originally filed June 2005) that had been decided in Arizona Snowbowl’s favor at the U.S. 9th Circuit Court level.

Coconino National Forest, AZ

Forest plan revision (recreation use included in revision topics) EIS. Notice of Adjustment May 2010. Phase 1 public input & feedback July/August 2010. Draft EIS expected November 2012 with decision & implementation expected July & August 2013.

Yewah Lau
Coconino National Forest Planner


Bear Valley, CA

Bear Valley Mountain Resort Expansion EA. Implement portions of 1994 Resort Expansion EIS to improve skier/boarder circulation and access to Bear Valley plus improve guest services. 215 comment period legal notice 6/29/11, decision/implementation expected September 2012/June 2013.

Patti Clarey

Heavenly Mountain, CA

2012 Capital Improvement Projects EA. Lift & trail improvements, guest activities & facility improvements at top of Gondola. 215 Comment Period 5/16/12, decision & implementation expected July & August 2012.

Jonathan Fisher

June Mountain, CA

Closed immediately in June 2012 for this summer and next winter season after 25 years of losses by owner Mammoth Mountain. June Mountain has 7 lifts on 500 acre ski area with an average annual snowfall of 240 inches and a vertical of 2,590 feet.

Mammoth's original intent with the 1986 purchase of June Mountain was to increase the resort size with new terrain along San Joaquin Ridge (ultimately connecting the two areas), new runs to June Lake Village plus new facilities.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, CA

Forest plan revision (recreation use included in revision topics) EIS. Draft EIS NOA 6/1/12. Decision/implementation expected January/March 2013.

Denise Downie

Mammoth Mountain, CA

Mammoth Mountain Base Land Exchange EA. Exchange 21 acres of National Forest land located near Main Lodge for 1,779 acres. Scoping start 9/13/11. Estimated 215 Comment Period October 2012, decision/implementation expected January/April 2013.

Sheila Irons


Beaver Creek, CO

Women's Downhill EIS (Environmental Impact Statement). New race course & snowmaking. NOI (Notice of Intent) 12/14/10, draft EIS NOA (Notice of Availability) 11/25/11, with decision 5/3/12 & implementation expected July 2012.

Don Dressler

Breckenridge, CO

Ski Resort Peak 6 Development Project EIS. New terrain & high speed 6 pack chairlift. Draft EIS NOA 6/10/11, estimated FEIS NOA July 2012, decision/implementation expected July 2012/June 2013.

Joe Foreman

Echo Mountain, CO

Ski resort on 226 acres of 100% private land in Idaho Springs, CO (35 miles west of Denver) with 32,000 skier visits last year to be sold in August 2012 via sealed bid auction.

Current vertical drop 660 feet with possible expansion to more than 1,500 feet. 220 inches average annual snowfall with 16 named trails plus 3 lifts including a 2,000-foot fixed grip triple chair, a handle tow for the events area, and a magic carpet surface lift for the learning center.

Permitted slope lighting for night skiing, snowmaking and helipad are also included. more...

Eclipse Snowboard Park, CO

CE for a short term special use permit for use of removable surface rope tows & grooming of 7 acres of fragmented NFS parcels for ski race training. Scoping start April 2012, decision/implementation expected September 2012/April 2013.

Deb Ekstrand

Eldora Mountain, CO

2011 Master Plan Selected Projects EIS. Add 70 acres of traditional terrain & 70 acres of gladed terrain, new 6 person Placer Express lift, new 4-6 person Jolly Jug lift, replace 4 person Corona lift with 6 person lift, replace Challenger & Cannonball lifts with one realigned 6 person lift, new guest facility, new snowmaking for 70 acres, and trail improvements. NOI 6/6/12, DEIS June 2013, FEIS April 2014.

Travis Bec
Eldora EIS NEPA Contractor
970-668-3398 x103

Loveland Ski Area, CO

Loveland Ski Area Lift 2 Project CE to add an unload midway station. Scoping start August 2011, decision 9/27/11, & implementation expected September 2012.

Deb Ekstrand


Cooper Spur, OR

Cooper Spur-Government Camp Land Exchange EIS. Forest Service would convey 120 acres of property at Government Camp and acquire 770 acres of private land at Cooper Spur. Notice of Intent published in Federal Register October 2010, estimated DEIS NOA October 2012, with decision & implementation expected April & June 2013.

Kristy Boscheinen
Forest Planner

Mt. Bachelor, OR

Mt Bachelor Ski Area Developments EIS. On-mountain improvements: new chairlift Eastside Express and associated trails, shortening and/or replacement of existing lifts (Rainbow Lift, Sunrise Express, Red Chair), expanding snowmaking coverage, construction of a lift-served, downhill mountain bike park, and additions to Nordic trail.

Draft EIS NOA in Federal Register 6/1/12, estimated Final EIS NOA February 2013, implementation April 2013.

Amy Tinderholt
Recreation, Special Uses and Trails Team Leader


Cherry Peak Ski Area, UT

Lawsuit filed by local residents in June 2012 in UT First District Court to stop construction claiming the Cache County Planning Commission used flawed evidence to support its approval of the resort's conditional use permit.

This new appeal expected to be heard in court in April 2013. UT Cache County Board of Adjustment had denied a previous appeal in March 2012 based on water contamination, tax issues and other issues against conditional use permit granted by UT Cache County Planning Commission to new ski area Cherry Peak (Logan Checketts developer) located near Richmond, UT.

Plans call for a peak of 1,000 skiers per day on 203 acres of property with four ski lifts, a 10,000-square-foot lodge, a terrain park, zip line, cable tow for a tubing hill, maintenance facilities and a warming hut.


Snowbird, UT

Salt Lake County Planning Commission approved new location for a mountain coaster on lower slopes of Peruvian Gulch in May 2012. Vertical drop is about 160 feet with average downhill grade of 11.5% with a maximum slope of 39% on a downhill track of 2,120 feet and an uphill track of 1,000 feet. Final design phase will begin now and installation is expected fall 2012 or spring 2013.

Snowbird, UT

Snowbird Ski Resort Gad Valley Improvements EA. 11 proposed projects to be completed over the next 5 years within Snowbird's permitted boundary include Gad 2 upgrade to a high speed quad, adding beginner skiing terrain adjacent to the Baby Thunder area, providing night skiing from the Gadzoom chairlift and an expansion of Creekside Lodge Adaptive Sports facilities.

Scoping start 6/27/11, 215 comment period legal notice 5/10/12, decision/implementation expected December 2012/June 2013.

Pollyanna Popola

Other proposals in Snowbird’s amendment to its master plan filed in May 2010 including expansion into the 780 acre, above treeline Mary Ellen Gulch (west of Mineral Basin) along with a 2nd tram from Hidden Peak to West Twin Peak (11,489 foot) of American Fork Twin Peaks, a lengthening of Mineral Basin Express by 50%, and a 3rd lift from the bottom of Mary Ellen Gulch to Sinners Pass ridge for descent back into Mineral Basin will be addressed separately at a later date.

See expansion maps.

Wolf Creek Resort, UT

Ski resort and golf course failed to sell at June 2012 bankruptcy auction when the high bid of $7 million was rejected by the creditors. The 3,000 acre parcel includes a 110-acre ski resort with three chairlifts and a lodge; an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Mark Ballif; and about 900 undeveloped lots. Wolf Creek is appraised at $28-34 million and has been in bankruptcy since 2010.


Mt Spokane, WA

Ski area expansion onto mountain's northwest face with new chairlift and 7 new ski runs on 279 acres was approved by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission in May 2011.

This decision on the expansion proposal MS2000 (launched in 2003) yielded a blended land classification for the 850 acre section known as Potential Alpine Ski Area Expansion (PASEA) with 80 acres classified as Recreation for formal ski trails, 199 acres classified as Resource Recreation for backcountry skiing, and 571 acres classified as Natural Forest Area for wildlife habitat and forest protection.

Thurston County Superior Court hearing held in January 2012 on Lands Council environmental group June 2011 lawsuit which challenged the approval process on the basis that an EIS should have been required.

Draft Supplemental EIS 4/26/12. The ski resort only occupies about 10 percent of Mount Spokane’s 14,000 acres. Permits and additional environmental reviews are not expected to be completed until at least the summer of 2012.

Randy Kline
Environmental Program Manager
360- 902-8632

Okanogon-Wenatchee & Colville National Forests, WA

Forest plan revision (recreation use included in revision topics) EIS. Estimated DEIS Notice of Adjustment (NOA) expected January 2013. Decision /implementation expected April 2014.

Deborah Kelly
Plan Revision Public Information Specialist

Stevens Pass, WA

Stevens Pass Base Area and Jupiter Chairlift Projects CE. Upgrade Jupiter chairlift from fixed grip quad to high speed quad. Scoping start 5/16/12. Decision/implementation expected January/June 2013.

Tom Davis


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