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Rodgers on Copper future: ‘We’re committed’

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Intrawest will submit another development plan for Copper Mountain and remains committed to the resort, an executive said Tuesday.Gary Rodgers, senior vice president of operations for Intrawest Colorado, provided this first glimpse of what’s next since the Summit Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) rejected a plan in July that would have almost doubled the size of the resort.Rodgers’ comments came before the Summit Chamber of Commerce’s annual Ski Area Chief Operating Officers Luncheon.He said the new plan will be based on input from “stakeholders” at Copper Mountain and across Summit County.Rodgers said after the luncheon he anticipated the ski company would produce a draft plan for public review near the first of the year. “This isn’t something where we want to wait a few years,” he said.Up to this point, resort officials had only said they needed to “let the dust settle” on the failed application, which had been in the planning process for three years. Commissioners denied it because the ski company was not addressing issues such as density, parking spaces and affordable housing, they said.Rodgers called the process “frustrating,” but said the company would move ahead.Company executives will meet in October to discuss which parts of the plan they will re-submit, he said. “We want to bring something forward to the community even before we go before the Ten Mile Planning Commission,” Rodgers added.Rodgers, an Intrawest veteran at Copper, was named senior vice president earlier this year.Rodgers stood in for David Barry, the former Copper chief who now leads Intrawest’s Colorado operations and more for the Vancouver-based company. – Kim Marquis


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