The U.S. Forest Service has given initial approval to Loveland Ski Area to expand its terrain and parking in Arapaho National Forest.
The Forest Service released a draft decision Wednesday, but the final decision will not be made for about another two months. If the Forest Service does give Loveland the final go-ahead, the ski area would be able to start the projects as early as this summer.
Loveland’s proposed projects include work on the existing Zig Zag and Boomerang beginner runs, adding two new beginner runs and building a new parking lot. The Forest Service tentatively has approved the project proposal and said in a public notice that while the feedback received during the Forest Service’s comment period was positive, the last piece of the puzzle is giving commenters the opportunity to object to the project. Objections can be submitted at bit.ly/3dMywLZ for 45 days, after which a final decision will be made.
The proposed parking lot would accommodate up to 500 new parking spots near the base of Loveland Valley, the Forest Service notice explained. According to the Forest Service’s environmental assessment, the need for the parking lot is based on the day skier analysis conducted in the ski area’s 2017 Master Development Plan Update. The analysis found that in addition to Loveland’s current parking, 529 new spots are needed to meet current and future anticipated needs.
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