Copper Mountain improvements
Sierra Lift lengthened by about 790 feet, with the top terminal 150 feet higher and 710 feet to the southeast of the existing terminal to improve access to Union Bowl.
Alpine Lift upgraded to a capacity of 2,400 skiers per hour and lengthened by 930 feet in its current alignment, improving access to Solitude Station and the front side, as well as circulation on the east side of the mountain.
Tucker lift construction, at 3,300 feet in length, 1,410 vertical feet, with a capacity of 1,200 skiers per hour.
Thinning in the 4-7 Glade between Formidable and Treble Cliff by removing about 30 percent of existing trees in over 13 acres in three trail footprints.
Powerline Trail 3 will be a new, ungroomed and gladed, 4.2-acre trail in the Alpine Lift pod. About 50 percent of the existing forest cover will be removed.
North Cabin and Upper Cabin Chute trails (total 11.2 acres) will be north and west (skier’s left) of existing Cabin Chute Trail.
South Copper trails (3.6 acres) to be developed to skier’s left of existing Lillie G Trail in the Blackjack Lift pod.
Fremont Glades 2-5 to be widened by removing about 15 percent of the trees at the bottom of the chutes to enable easier egress.
Blackjack to Tucker ski-way developed as a connection between the base of the existing Blackjack Lift and the approved Tucker lift.
Solitude Station, near the top of the American Eagle Lift, to be expanded from a current footprint of 9,500 square feet to a maximum footprint of 19,000 square feet. Indoor seating capacity will grow from 450 to 800 seats; outdoor seating capacity from 150 to 300 seats. Water and wastewater facility upgrades included.
New 1,900-square-foot warming hut near the top of Rendezvous Lift with 125 indoor and 125 outdoor seats.
New maintenance shop near top of American Eagle Lift with a maximum footprint of 19,000 square feet.
New 1,000-square-foot ski patrol hut on Tucker Mountain.
148.2 acres of additional snowmaking, requiring an additional 127.5 acre-feet of water diversions annually. Copper’s water diversions from the Tenmile Creek drainage will total 529.8 acre-feet annually.
New or additional snowmaking for about 13 trails: Carefree, Cabin Chute, Highline, Formidable, Oh No, Ore Deal, Too Much, Easy Feelin’, American Flyer, Windsong, Soliloquy, Retreat and Flyer-Timberline Traverse.
Snowmaking was not approved on trails in the Wheeler Gulch drainage, including Sluice, Coppertone, Liberty and Collage. The Forest Service said anticipated impacts to the Wheeler Gulch watershed could not be offset by available mitigation measures.
Additionally, the Forest Service decision authorizes upgrades to existing snowmaking systems and the burial of snowmaking pipelines.
Also the Forest Service previously approved a new Learning Center located at the top of the Lumberjack lift that resort management has indicated will be a high priority.