Decision Made on Mt. Bachelor Improvements & Expansion

Decision Made on Mt. Bachelor Improvements & Expansion

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Decision Made on Mt. Bachelor Improvements & Expansion

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Decision Made on Mt. Bachelor Improvements

BEND– Forest Supervisor, John Allen, has signed a decision on the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area Improvement Project.  The decision will allow a series of improvements proposed by Mt. Bachelor ski resort to move forward over the next ten years.

In 2010, Mt. Bachelor, Inc., operators of Mt. Bachelor ski resort submitted a proposal to the Forest Service requesting authorization to implement improvements in their Master Development Plan.   The improvements were designed to improve both winter and summer recreational opportunities at the resort.  Since that time the Deschutes National Forest has completed an environmental impact statement for the project.  A draft environmental impact statement was put out for public comment on May 21, 2012.  Today’s release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision is the last step in the analysis process.  This project may be implemented 50 days after the legal notice appears in the Bend Bulletin (scheduled for February 15, 2013) if no appeal is received.  If an appeal is received this project may not be implemented for 15 days after the appeal decision.

Major improvements made in the decision include:

Eastside Pod

         Develop a new Eastside Express lift and associated trails.

         Construct a new, lower elevation catchline to deliver skiers to the Eastside Express lift.

Sunrise Area

         Replace the Rainbow lift and Sunrise Express lifts.

         Remove a snowmobile trail (No. 40) from the National Forest Trail system and prohibit snowmobile use by the public within Mt. Bachelor.

         Develop a Sunrise Learning Center and Kids Adventure Zone.

         Build a new lodge, parking lot, and access road at the Sunrise Base.

West Village Area

         Shorten the Red Chair

         Construct an Alpine Training Center and expand the West Village lodge.

         Move the tubing hill.

         Construct a biomass co-generation facility to provide electrical power and steam heat.

Nordic Center

         Refurbish Bob’s Bungalow and make minor trail improvements.

Summer Activities

         Develop new hiking trails.

         Create a lift-served, downhill mountain bike park.

         Create a zipline course and install a rock climbing structure.

“We are pleased with Forest Supervisor John Allen’s decision to select the proposed action alternative for resort and guest improvements at Mt. Bachelor over the next 10 years.  We spent a great deal of time before the plan was submitted to the Forest Service to talk with the public and key stakeholders to make sure the proposed projects were sound and made sense from perspectives other than just our own.  Several changes were made to the plan because of this collaboration.  The final plan submitted to the Forest Service was also well aligned with the full range of forest management considerations, which we believe is another contributing factor to today’s favorable outcome,” said Dave Rathbun, President and General Manager of Mt. Bachelor ski resort.

All proposed improvements that were analyzed are within the Special Use Permit boundary for Mt. Bachelor.  No expansion beyond the current boundary is proposed.

For more information about the project, please contact Amy Tinderholt at 541-383-4708 or atinderholt@fs.fed.us.

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