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http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2016/aug/12/steamboat-ski-area-working-toward-improvements/

 

Steamboat moving forward with Federal approval for new lifts and terrain. New terrain, i.e. the "golf course" sidecountry, is to the north of Pony Express. As mentioned in the article it should help steer people away from ending up in Fish Creek Canyon. 

 

Any thoughts from locals?

 

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Edited by scfiore - 8/14/16 at 3:26pm
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It's a scoping letter.  It is FAR from an approval.  They are simply requesting public comments as they prepare to commence an EIR process that could itself take years.  then Intrawest would need to come up with the cash - that's a good $30-40M capital investment depicted in that document with all the new lifts, trailwork, snowmaking and skier services facilities.

 

Also, I know the article and quote say "Fish Creek Canyon", but they are really referring to a possible reduction of skiers getting stuck down in Burgess Creek.  The new lift would certainly cut down on that, but I would suggest it will be almost entirely offset with skiers now wandering into the actual Fish Creek Canyon, which is much more dangerous and remote.  The summit terminal of that lift will be only a handful of yards away from the edge of that drainage whereas it requires a bit of local knowledge and traversing today.

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