Eldora Mountain Resort Ski Area Projects
Environmental Impact Statement

Eldora Mountain Resort

Project Information

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was released for public review and comment for a 45-day comment period which extended through April 14, 2014. During the comment period, two public open houses were held by the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (ARP)—one on March 25, 2014 in Nederland, Colorado at the Nederland Community Center, and a second on March 26, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado at the Boulder West Senior Center. The DEIS and supporting materials (including resource technical reports) were made available on this website. Comments were accepted from the following sources: email, web submission, letter, public meetings, fax, and phone. Approximately 1,034 comments were received during the DEIS comment period. See the Project Library for comments received.

The ARP has now completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to make a decision for the Eldora Mountain Resort Ski Area Projects in Boulder and Gilpin Counties, Colorado. The FEIS analyzes three alternatives in detail: (1) Alternative 1 – No Action; (2) Alternative 2 – Proposed Action; and (3) Alternative 3. The FEIS is available for download in the Project Library.

The Draft Record of Decision (ROD) informs the public of the decision the Forest Service is leaning toward, which is to select components from both Alternative 2 and Alternative 3. This proposed decision will include the Placer Express chairlift and its associated terrain included in Alternative 2, as well as the Jolly Jug chairlift and its associated terrain included in Alternative 3. In addition to these project components, the proposed decision includes the Corona chairlift and terrain elements from Alternative 2, the Challenge chairlift upgrade in Alternatives 2 and 3, snowmaking coverage for approved ski trails identified in Alternatives 2 and 3, on-mountain guest service facilities in Alternatives 2 and 3, and vegetation management projects identified in Alternatives 2 and 3. The proposed decision also includes site-specific amendments to the 1997 Revision of the Land and Resource Management Plan for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (Forest Plan). The Draft ROD is available for download in the Project Library.

The legal notice is anticipated to be published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on March 19, 2015. This draft Record of Decision is subject to two separate Forest Service objection processes pursuant to 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 218 (project-specific) and 36 CFR 219 (Forest Plan amendments). Those who have standing to object must follow the objection requirements and timing requirements (45 days and 60 days after the legal notice publishes, respectively), which may result in filing two separate objections to meet the timing requirements below. Objectors may file one objection letter if it meets the timing requirement for 36 CFR 218 and 36 CFR 219. For more detailed objection procedures, see the Draft ROD. Only those who commented on the Draft EIS have standing to object. Should the legal notice publish in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on March 19, the objection periods will end on May 4 (actually the 46th day since the 45th day ends on a Sunday and the time period extends to the next Federal working day) for the project specific components and May 18 for the Forest Plan amendments (60 days after the legal notice publishes). The publication date of the legal notice is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection.

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  • The Forest Service has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to make a decision for the Eldora Mountain Resort Ski Area Projects. The Draft Record of Decision (ROD) informs the public of the decision the Forest Service is leaning toward, which is to select components from both Alternative 2 and Alternative 3.

  • The legal notice is anticipated to be published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on March 19, 2015.

  • This draft ROD is subject to two separate Forest Service objection processes pursuant to 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 218 (project-specific) and 36 CFR 219 (Forest Plan amendments). Those who have standing to object must follow the objection requirements and timing requirements (45 days and 60 days after the legal notice publishes, respectively), which may result in filing two separate objections to meet the timing requirements identified in the legal notice.

  • Should the legal notice publish in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on March 19, the objection periods will end on May 4 (actually the 46th day since the 45th day ends on a Sunday and the time period extends to the next Federal working day) for the project specific components and May 18 for the Forest Plan amendments (60 days after the legal notice publishes).

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The Forest Service has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for this project and is providing opportunity for objection. The Draft ROD informs the public of the decision the Forest Service is leaning toward, which is to select components from both Alternative 2 and Alternative 3.

K. "Reid" Armstrong
Boulder Ranger District
2140 Yarmouth Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301
krarmstrong@fs.fed.us
Travis Beck, Eldora EIS NEPA Contractor
P.O. Box 2729
Frisco, CO 80443
info@EldoraEIS.com
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