Exciting news – The U.S. Forest Service accepts Crested Butte’s expansion proposal. Over the next few years, Crested Butte Mountain Resort will be going through the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process, required by the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) for a major expansion! The proposal includes plans to replace the existing North Face lift plus the addition of two new lifts providing highly anticipated access to new skiable terrain. Snow making operations will expand and new trails and glades will open, primarily in the Teo Park and Teo Drainage areas. In total, the resort could expand by 500 acres! The proposal also includes the addition of 15 miles of singletrack for the increasingly popular bike usage in the summer months.
“Over the course of the last three years, we have engaged community members and groups to educate the public on this proposal and feel that we have major support to move forward,” says John Sale, director of permitting and planning for CBMR. “The Teo Drainage proposal has been designed to develop new terrain that is adjacent to our existing infrastructure; improving and enhancing access for intermediate and advanced skiers into distinctive terrain that is unlike anything we currently offer. Experts have long had the ability to drop into Teocalli Bowl and feel the sensation of an almost “backcountry” experience, now intermediate skiers and riders will be able to experience this remote area through a network of narrower trails and low angle glades in the Teo Drainage valley, all chairlift accessible.”
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