Eldora Mountain Resort Ski Area Projects
Environmental Impact Statement
A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been prepared to analyze and disclose the estimated environmental effects of implementation of the Eldora Mountain Resort Ski Area Projects. Eldora Mountain Resort (EMR) is located on the Roosevelt National Forest managed by the administrative unit, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (ARP) in Boulder and Gilpin counties, Colorado and operates in accordance with the terms and conditions of a Special Use Permit, which is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (Forest Service). The DEIS is available for download from the Project Library.
In addition to the No Action Alternative (analyzed in the DEIS as Alternative 1), two action alternatives are analyzed. Refer to Chapter 2 of the DEIS for a full description of alternatives. Alternative figures are available for download from the Project Library.
The Proposed Action includes additions and upgrades to the terrain and chairlift network, expansion of snowmaking coverage, additions and renovations to on-mountain facilities, expanded parking, vegetation management projects, and a Forest Plan amendment to assign and change Forest Plan management area allocations, Scenic Integrity Objectives (SIOs) and the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) classification in the proposed boundary locations. In addition to ski-related projects, the Proposed Action includes vegetation management projects to address forest health conditions.
Alternative 3 includes several projects included in Alternative 2, but differs in terrain and chairlift projects, and would require a different Forest Plan amendment (compared to Alternative 2) to assign and change Forest Plan management area allocations, Scenic Integrity Objectives (SIOs) and the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) classification in the proposed boundary locations.
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