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US Forest Service gives green light to Copper Mountain chairlift improvements

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The US Forest Service has authorised the American Eagle and American Flyer Chairlifts Replacement Project, and the Tucker Lift Improvements Project at the Copper Mountain ski resort in Colorado, US.

The replacement of the American Eagle and American Flyer lifts – announced by Copper Mountain last month – is intended to provide additional lift capacity out of the base area. The American Eagle lift is due to be replaced by a high-speed lift that comprises both 6-person chairs and 8-person gondola cabins; Copper Mountain says that this will bolster uphill capacity by over 40%.

A 6-person chair with bubble enclosures shall replace the American Flyer, with the hope that this will provide a more comfortable ride as well as greater capacity for serving the resort’s easy and intermediate sides and providing expedited access to the advanced high alpine bowls.

The Tucker Lift Improvements Project will improve access to underutilised terrain and provide sufficient safety and restroom facilities in remote locations on Tucker Mountain.

“The decision to authorise both of these projects means Copper Mountain Resort will be able to continue to provide a world-class and safe recreation experience to the many people who visit the mountain each year,” said Bill Jackson, Dillon District Ranger.

Construction of the American Eagle and American Flyer chairlifts will be completed during the summer of 2018, while construction of the Tucker lift is anticipated to take place over the next several years. Both projects are located within the Cooper Mountain Resort’s existing operational boundary and special use permit (SUP) area.

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