Eldora Mountain Resort Ski Area Projects
Environmental Impact Statement
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was released for public review and comment for a 45-day comment period which extended through April 14, 2014. During the comment period, two public open houses were held by the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (ARP)—one on March 25, 2014 in Nederland, Colorado at the Nederland Community Center, and a second on March 26, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado at the Boulder West Senior Center. The DEIS and supporting materials (including resource technical reports) were made available on this website. Comments were accepted from the following sources: email, web submission, letter, public meetings, fax, and phone. Approximately 1,034 comments were received during the DEIS comment period. See the Project Library for comments received.
The ARP has now completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to make a decision for the Eldora Mountain Resort Ski Area Projects in Boulder and Gilpin Counties, Colorado. The FEIS analyzes three alternatives in detail: (1) Alternative 1 – No Action; (2) Alternative 2 – Proposed Action; and (3) Alternative 3. The FEIS is available for download in the Project Library.
The Draft Record of Decision (ROD) informs the public of the decision the Forest Service is leaning toward, which is to select components from both Alternative 2 and Alternative 3. This proposed decision will include the Placer Express chairlift and its associated terrain included in Alternative 2, as well as the Jolly Jug chairlift and its associated terrain included in Alternative 3. In addition to these project components, the proposed decision includes the Corona chairlift and terrain elements from Alternative 2, the Challenge chairlift upgrade in Alternatives 2 and 3, snowmaking coverage for approved ski trails identified in Alternatives 2 and 3, on-mountain guest service facilities in Alternatives 2 and 3, and vegetation management projects identified in Alternatives 2 and 3. The proposed decision also includes site-specific amendments to the 1997 Revision of the Land and Resource Management Plan for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (Forest Plan). The Draft ROD is available for download in the Project Library.
The Forest Service has released the Final ROD. The decision is to approve only the projects located within the existing EMR SUP boundary. The decision is similar to Alternative 3, but does not include the Jolly Jug chairlift, terrain and other associated activities. A decision on project elements that are included in Alternatives 2 and 3 of the FEIS located on NFS lands beyond the existing SUP boundary, including the Placer and the Jolly Jug chairlifts and associated projects, is deferred. By deferring the decision on projects outside the current SUP boundary, the decision maker has not foreclosed the possibility of approving these projects in the future, based on the existing analysis. Ideally, any future decision would result from the ski area and interested parties working collaboratively to resolve environmental and social issues. The ROD is available for download in the Project Library.
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