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Steamboat Ski Area Master Plan Ready for County Review

Routt County officials will evaluate Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp's future plans for development in two meetings expected to take place this month. According to the Steamboat Today, Ski Corp has a June 4 hearing with County Planning Commission and a June 23 date with the the Board of County Commissioners to consider a conceptual permit for the projects detailed in the master plan. Steamboat's 2011 master plan has already been approved by the U.S. Forest Service, but the county may require additional review of particular projects.

Here are a few of the highlights from Steamboat's 2011 master plan:

· A snow-covered bridge that's 325 feet long and 85 feet above Burgess Creek. This would make it easier for skiers to leave the ski trails on Pioneer Ridge.

· Two new six-person lifts that would replacing the existing Elkhead and Thunderhead lifts.

· Changes in Sunshine Bowl including a new Sunshine II quad lift, an additional 120 skiable acres on new trails, a new restaurant on Tomahawk Trail, expansion of the Rendezvous Restaurant, and the replacement of South Peak lift with a quad.

· A new Rough Rider Learning Facility, cafe, and gondola.

· New snowmaking.

· Pony Express lift capacity increase and trail renovations.

· In Bashor Bowl, plans call for a new realigned lift, a larger Rabbit Ears Terrain Park, and Superpipe improvements.

· A whole slew of other recreational opportunities including new mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing trails, a new pump track, and the potential for an alpine coaster, low impact mini golf, disc golf course, and hipline.

Interested in learning more? Head to the Routt County Courthouse at 6:00 pm on June 4.

· Routt County set to evaluate Steamboat Ski Area master plan [Steamboat Today]
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