- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 14, 2018

VAIL, Colo. (AP) - Federal officials have approved an expansion to Vail Mountain.

The Vail Daily reports the U.S. Forest Service authorized the expansion last week, as the Golden Peak Improvements Project final environmental impact statement, along with a draft record of decision, was published by the White River National Forest.

Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams wrote that the project gives Vail Mountain and the Forest Service an opportunity to provide world-class training and competition at Vail Mountain while enhancing the safety and efficiency for the general public.

The decision authorizes the construction of one surface lift and an approximate 0.07-square-mile (0.18-square-kilometer) expansion that would add about 760 vertical feet (232 meters) of skiable terrain to Golden Peak. The lift would be able to transport about 1,200 people per hour.

The Forest Service says project implementation is expected to begin in summer 2019.

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Information from: Vail Daily, http://www.vaildaily.com/


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