SNOWMASS SUMMER PLAYGROUND PROJECT MOVES FORWARD

Snowmass/Glenwood Springs—Summers will never be the same at Snowmass Ski Resort. Today the White River National Forest released a Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision for the Snowmass Multi-Season Projects that will add a mountain coaster, zip line, zip line canopy tour, a ropes challenge course as well as new and realigned hiking and biking trails.  White River Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams says when making the decision, it was important to include fun, family-style summer activities while minimizing the environmental impacts. Sports Program Manager Roger Poirier is heading up the project.  He says the focus isn’t just on thrill rides but educational opportunities as well.  The plans also include two multi-purpose activity areas along with educational and interpretive installations and programs in the Elk Camp area.  Poirier says the intent is to inspire guests to learn through play, further explore the national forests and gain a deeper understanding of nature.  The Snowmass project is the fifth summer activities project to be initiated at a ski area within the White River National Forest.  Anyone with objections to this project have 45 days to submit comments.