New Lift Construction to Begin Over Summer
The final decision for Ski Cooper’s Way Back Pod Improvement Project was signed and approved by the Leadville Ranger District, according to a press release distributed by Diana Trujillo, Forest and Grassland Supervisor for the Pike & San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands.
It was determined that the project has support from both the local community and out-of-area visitors. 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.
“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 purpose of this project is to 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 would be created as a result of this project.
“We’re trying to move forward and make improvements all while maintaining the character of Ski Cooper,” concluded Torsell at last fall’s Community Update Meeting.
The video presentation is a thorough account of the project which includes 46.8 acres of conventional and gladed areas already included in the Special Use Permit that Ski Cooper has in place with the Forest Service, making it an improvement project rather than expanding the area already permitted. The project provides some gradients in the 25-30 degree range, and will also include some tree-skiing.
The final decision and project information are available online HERE or by contacting Michelle Mueggler, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at the Leadville Ranger District by phone: 719-486-7409 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Forest Service Projects Under Review
There are other projects currently under review with the United States Forest Service. The following are two pending a final decision. Residents are provided an opportunity to express their opinions on the links provided.
Turquoise Lake Bike Trails
The Forest Service is currently analyzing a proposal from the Cloud City Wheelers to construct 11.5 miles of new bike trails near Turquoise Lake. The single-track would be built with machinery or by hand after timber removal associated with the Tennessee Creek project ceases. Comment on this Project HERE.
Tennessee Pass Nordic Center Snowmobile Access Route
The Tennessee Pass Nordic Center (TPNC) uses snowmobiles for access and to groom trails on NFS Lands through a special use permit. TPNC proposes to clear trees to create a 1 mile, over-the-snow (no summer use) trail to access their developed sites.
The TPNC uses snowmobiles for access and to groom trails on NFS Lands through a special use permit. TPNC proposes to clear trees to create a 1 mile, over-the-snow (no summer use) trail to access their developed sites.