“There is growing demand across Colorado for guided backcountry terrain access. This project will help meet that demand within an hour’s drive of Denver while helping Loveland Ski Area remain competitive within the ski industry.” –Clear Creek District Ranger Scott Haas
The snowcat tours will allow access to 580 acres of backcountry terrain in the upper Dry Gulch area north of I-70 (a third of the project area is located outside of the existing ski area boundary). Loveland’s proposed plan includes avalanche mitigation measures. When avalanche mitigation is not underway, backcountry skiers and recreationists will still be able to access terrain outside the ski area boundary.
“Providing commercially guided ski and snowboard access helps ensure a quality experience for those who are either unfamiliar with the area or lack the skill or equipment to experience the setting unguided. We are pleased to be able to partner with Loveland Ski Area to expand recreational opportunities and improve access on the National Forest.”
Complete details about the project, including the full environmental assessment, map and decision notice can be found here.