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Forest Service OK's Crested Butte Master Plan

Crested Butte recently got its 10-year master development plan approved by the Forest Service, although it will still have to pass intense environmental reviews for many of its proposals while also making sure the locals are down as well. Many of the projects in Crested Butte's plan are already approved, including the relocation and upgrading of four chairlifts, adding and expanding some existing trails, putting in summer activity venues like zip lines and a mountain bike park, and adding some trails while expanding others.

However, the most controversial piece, which would expand the mountain's intermediate terrain into the Teocalli drainage and beyond the resort's boundaries, would require an amendment to the plan and a long review by the feds. Other Colorado resorts, like Monarch Ski Area and Wolf Creek, are also planning to develop beyond their current boundaries.

· Forest Service accepts Crested Butte master development plan [Denver Post]