Forest Service now taking thoughts on new Beaver Creek chairlift |

Forest Service now taking thoughts on new Beaver Creek chairlift

Beaver Creek is scheduled for a makeover this summer. But first, the U.S. Forest Service wants the public’s input.

Before May 5, the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District is taking public comments on a lift replacement proposed by Beaver Creek, according to a release from the district office. The resort is proposing to replace Drink of Water ski lift (chair No. 5). The project is proposed during the summer of 2017 and is located within the existing special use permit boundaries of Beaver Creek.

Replacing the chair will update service infrastructure, aid in skier distribution and improve public experience, the release continued. The existing Drink of Water chair is a two-person lift and was originally installed in 1980. The proposed replacement lift would be a detachable, quad chairlift with increased capacity to service 2,000 users per hour, as opposed to the current 1,200 persons per hour. Increased capacity would help alleviate congestion on the Cinch Express Chair, the second most popular lift at Beaver Creek.

Lift alignment would remain similar, with a two-foot shift to the west of the current location. Fiber-optics for chairlift connectivity and control would be installed concurrently with the new infrastructure. Additionally, a new bathroom is proposed to be built adjacent to the lower lift terminal and within the footprint of the terminal disturbance.

To comment, send thoughts via mail, fax, electronic mail or in person. Comments concerning these actions will be most helpful if received by or before May 5. Written comments must be submitted to: Scott Fitzwilliams, c/o Max Forgensi, Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, P.O. Box 190, Minturn, CO 81645, FAX 970-827-9343. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays). Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or MS Word (.docx). Comments can also be submitted online.

Commenting users should include: 1) name, address, telephone number and organization represented, if any; 2) title of the project of concern (i.e., Beaver Creek Chair 5 Replacement); and 3) specific facts, concerns or issues, and supporting reasons why they should be considered.

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