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Forest Service seeks comments on Steamboat Ski Area summer trails

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The Forest Service seeks public comment on the Steamboat Ski Area’s proposal to construct new summer trails and change the use of some existing trails.

The Steamboat Ski Area operates under a USDA Forest Service special use permit on the Routt National Forest. The comprehensive trails plan aims to help continue the development of Steamboat Ski Area as a four-season resort and meet increasing demands for summer uses.

The goals of these changes include:

• Providing a variety of downhill-only bike trails for the novice to experienced rider, with access using the ski area lifts.

• Reducing the potential for collisions, risk of injury, and avoid conflict between users.

• Continuing to offer uphill and cross-country mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding opportunities and access to trails beyond the ski area boundary.

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• Ensuring trails are built to be sustainable over time and can be maintained with minimal cost.

• Reducing unauthorized downhill trail construction currently occurring within the ski area boundary and in general forest areas.

For a comprehensive list of trail changes

and additions, and for instructions for commenting, visit http://fs.usda.gov/goto/mbr/planning. Click on Projects and scroll to Steamboat Ski Area Summer Trails.