As reported by Vail Daily, the White River National Forest has authorised the addition of snowmaking coverage on 86 acres of existing ski trails at Copper Mountain in Colorado, US.
The decision was made following consideration of the analysis in an environmental assessment and public comments submitted.
Additionally, the decision authorises the construction of approximately 24 miles of additional mountain biking trails, 14 miles of hiking trails, the expansion of summer programming centred on guided overnight camping within the Special Use Permit area, and a 370-ft extension to the segment of the existing "A-1" mountain road to access an inholding owned by Copper in Spaulding Bowl.
"This project will improve skiing conditions in the winter, especially in the early season, and add exciting new summer recreation opportunities for visitors where they can connect, discover and enjoy National Forest Lands," Fitzwilliams said.
The Environmental Assessment, Draft Decision Notice, and supporting documentation are available for review online at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54909 . An interactive story map highlighting the Proposed Action is also available at: https://goo.gl/c4HZqY .
Last week the resort announced it would be opening a new lift for the start of the 2019 - 2020 winter season.
Read the article online at: https://www.mountaintechnologymagazine.com/snowmaking/18032019/copper-mountain-gets-draft-approval-for-extra-snowmaking-coverage/