The U.S. Forest Service is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider and disclose the potential environmental effects of implementing select projects from Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s (CBMR) 2013 Master Development Plan. Issues being considered by the Forest Service include:

  • A Special Use Permit boundary adjustment to include skiable terrain in the Teo Drainage area;
  • Construction of new ski trails and glades in Teo Park and Teo Drainage;
  • Construction of two new lifts (Teo Drainage and Teo Park), and realignment of the existing North Face lift;
  • Installation of additional snowmaking infrastructure;
  • Construction of approximately 2,300 feet of new road and 450 feet of realigned road for construction and maintenance access; and
  • Construction of approximately 15 miles of multi-use and mountain biking trails within the existing permit boundary.

The Forest Service is accepting public scoping comments to determine what issues to address in its EIS. We encourage you to attend one of the two public open houses to learn more about this proposal and ask questions.

On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, you can attend an open house at the Fred R. Field Western Heritage Center, located at 275 S. Spruce Street in Gunnison from 5-8 p.m. The next day, Thursday November 19, 2015 you can attend an open house at the Ballrooms at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square, 620 Gothic Road, in Mt. Crested Butte from 5-8 p.m. Representatives from the Forest Service and CBMR will be present to answer questions and provide additional information on this project.

HCCA continues to be engaged in conversations with CBMR and will be submitting scoping comments on this proposal. Comments must be received by December 7, 2015.

Send written comments to: Scott Armentrout, Forest Supervisor, c/o Aaron Drendel, Recreation Staff Officer, Gunnison Ranger District, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests, 216 N. Colorado St., Gunnison, CO 81230; or by email to: cbmr@fs.fed.us (please include “CBMR EIS Projects” in the subject line).

For more information, please visit http://www.crestedbutte-eis.com/ or contact Alli Melton at 970-349-7104 ext. 2 or alli@hccaonline.org.

Thank you for all you do for the environment!