Plans to build village near Wolf Creek Ski Area may get under way after wetlands exchange |

Plans to build village near Wolf Creek Ski Area may get under way after wetlands exchange

Jason Blevins
The Denver Post
The Denver Post/Jason Blevins
ALL | The Denver Post

WOLF CREEK PASS – Officials expected fewer than 50, but more than 100 people showed up for a recent Forest Service tour of the proposed land exchange atop Wolf Creek Pass, where a Texas billionaire has labored for a quarter century to erect a village.

The backpacked throng lingered in wetlands, meadows and dense timber as Rio Grande National Forest divide district ranger Tom Malecek held maps and answered questions about the land exchange proposed by B.J. “Red” McCombs, the octogenarian Texas businessman who has planned a village next to the Wolf Creek Ski Area since the mid-1980s.

At each stop, voices climbed and emotions flared as the uneasy mixture of environmentalists, local, state and federal officials, and McCombs employees discussed Colorado’s most contentious mountain real estate project.

“There’s no doubt this stirs passions,” said Malecek, standing next to a remote pond that could be a centerpiece for a 1,711-unit to 1,980-unit village. “But I think it’s nice to get out and have these kinds of discussions.”

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