Vail’s Golden Peak – now at Risk?

There are now more questions than answers concerning the future of Vail’s Golden Peak – Ski Racing area.

Some believe there is a plan afoot to RESTRICT the use of Public Land –to- Public Use.

Case in Point:  How Vail’s existing Gold Peak Ski area might be dedicated to (exclusive?) Ski Racing use in the future.

Consider the fact that the cost of your Epic Mix Ski Pass – keeps going up – yet the Public Use of certain sections of Vail Mountain may be dedicated to a use – that restricts your  (Skiing/Snowboarding) on that part of Vail Mountain.

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The U.S. Forest Service (part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture) is asking for your input on a proposed future use of the Golden Peak area of Vail Mountain.

(Click Here to leave a comment for the Forest Service)

(below a reprint by permission from the Vail Home Owners Association)

Vail Resorts is moving forward with its plans to expand Skiing on Golden Peak, primarily, to provide more race course terrain for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.  Although somewhat scaled back from earlier plans, the proposal now includes 42 acres of new ski trials, one new lift, snowmaking and related facilities.  The area of the expansion is to the east and above the current Golden Peak facilities.

The U.S. Forest Service has just issued a call for public comments on the “Golden Peak Improvements Project” as a prerequisite to an Environmental Impact Statement. Comments are due by May 1, 2017. Those submitting comments will receive future information about this project as the process goes forward.

Vail Homeowners Association has already received expressions of concern with respect to:

* The semiprivate nature of the improvements.

* Impact of known avalanche zones located between the proposed race course and adjacent residential     properties.

* Aesthetic effects upon a signature view.

* The effects of increased congestion upon the Golden Peak ski terrain and neighborhood.

* Impacts upon parking, traffic and mass transit service.

The Association urges affected parties to become involved and forward their comments to the USFS by May 1, 2017.

Additional information will be available at a public open house on April 6, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Forest Service Holy Cross Office, 24747 US Highway 24, Minturn, Colorado 81645.

Please review the attached USFS public notice for further detail.   (Click Here)

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