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Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District Seeks Comments on Beaver Creek Resort Chair 5 Replacement

Minturn, Colo. - The Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District of the White River National Forest is seeking public comments on or before May 5 for a lift replacement proposed by Beaver Creek Ski Resort (Beaver Creek). Beaver Creek is proposing to replace Drink of Water ski lift (chair No. 5). Implementation is proposed during the summer of 2017 and is located within the existing special use permit (SUP) boundaries of Beaver Creek.

Replacement of the chair will update service infrastructure, aid in skier distribution and improve public experience. The existing Drink of Water chair, a two-person chair lift, was originally installed in 1980. The proposed replacement lift would be a detachable, quad chairlift with increased capacity that would service 2,000 persons per hour as opposed to the current 1,200 persons per hour. Increased capacity would help alleviate congestion on the Cinch Express Chair, the second most popular lift at Beaver Creek, and help to distribute beginner traffic more evenly across Beaver Creek Mountain.

Lift alignment would remain similar, with a two-foot shift to the west of the current location. Fiber optics for chair lift connectivity and control would be installed concurrently with the new infrastructure. Additionally, a new bathroom is proposed to be built adjacent to the lower lift terminal and within the footprint of the terminal disturbance.

How to Comment and Timeframe

Written comments must be submitted via mail service, fax, electronic mail or in person. Comments concerning these actions will be most helpful if received by or before May 5, 2017. Written comments must be submitted to: Scott Fitzwilliams, c/o Max Forgensi, Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, P.O. Box 190, Minturn, CO 81645, FAX (970) 827-9343. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or MS Word (.docx). Comments may also be submitted electronically at: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=51112

Persons commenting should include: 1) name, address, telephone number and organization represented, if any; 2) title of the project of concern (i.e., Beaver Creek Chair 5 Replacement); and 3) specific facts, concerns or issues, and supporting reasons why they should be considered.
For details please visit the project website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51112

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