- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

NEDERLAND, Colo. (AP) - Environmental activists are considering legal action to stop the proposed expansion of the Eldora Mountain ski area over concern it would hurt wildlife and habitat, arguing that the ski area can continue to grow within its current boundaries.

A 69-page objection has been filed on behalf of the Middle Boulder Creek Coalition and the Sierra Club Indian Peaks Group. The document names more than 60 individuals as co-signers.

The activists are requesting a meeting with the U.S. Forest Service to discuss complaints with its March 17 finalized Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision that proposed allowing the ski area 21 miles west of Boulder to expand its terrain and facilities on national forest lands.

Town of Eldora resident Dave Hallock, coordinator for the Middle Boulder Creek Coalition, said Eldora’s proposed expansion has him and other activists concerned. “Maybe it’s going to take going to a judge to get an impartial ear,” he said.

Opponents want the resort to drop a proposed 70-acre expansion toward Middle Boulder Creek on the north and about 18 acres toward Jenny Creek on the south, the Boulder Daily Camera reported (https://tinyurl.com/lucyzsw).

Eldora planning director Jim Spenst said previously that limiting expansion would leave the resort unable to compete in the marketplace for winter sports.

Prominent in the activists’ complaints is fear of potential damage to the habit and wildlife corridor along Middle Boulder Creek that could result from expansion to the north, including a new detachable six-chair lift.

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Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/

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