Arapahoe Basin Expansion Mostly Approved By USFS

Arapahoe Basin Expansion Mostly Approved By USFS

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Arapahoe Basin Expansion Mostly Approved By USFS

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Photo Credit: Barclay Idsal/UnofficialNetworks | Cover Photo:

Photo Credit: Barclay Idsal/UnofficialNetworks | Cover Photo: Keflavich

Big things are coming to Arapahoe Basin— as long as no big public objections are raised over the next 45 days.

Find the Environmental Review here: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Projects

According to the Denver Post, officials representing the White River National Forest released their last environmental assessment of Arapahoe Basin’s plan expand and renovate the popular front range ski resort. The environmental review largely approves the expansion, which includes installing a new fixed grip chairlift, replacing two old chairlifts, and adding 388 more acres. If approved, the resort would boast a whopping 1,348 acres of skiable terrain. Also included in the plan is a zipline and ropes course for summer guests.

Pallavicini lift on a May day | Photo Credit: Barclay Idsal/Unofficial Networks

Pallavicini lift on a May day | Photo Credit: Barclay Idsal/Unofficial Networks

Proposed Improvements:

  • Add Beavers and Steep Gullies to Arapahoe Basin’s operational boundary
  • New lift to access Montezuma Bowl (Fixed-Grip)
  • Replace Pallavicini and Molly Hogan lifts
  • Remove Norway Lift
  • New zipline/ropes course for summer operations

The added acreage would offer skiers unprecedented access to zones known by locals as Beavers and Steep Gullies. Resort officials hope that by adding the terrain, they will be able to properly mitigate avalanche risk in a zone that has claimed 6 lives since 1982.

Find the entire Denver Post article here: Arapahoe Basin expansion plan cleared by White River National Forest

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