Committee seeks grant to improve ski area

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— Members of the Colorado Ski Heritage Project will be in Fort Morgan today making their case to the energy impact fund committee for a grant of $2.5 million so they can upgrade the ski jumps at Howelsen Hill.

The committee wants to put plastic on the jumps to allow jumpers to train year-round and ensure that Steamboat will remain one of the premier jumping facilities in the West.

The committee has already secured more than $200,000

in private funds to match the grant.

The energy impact fund is paid for with severance taxes on coal mines and other mineral extractors. It is meant to help communities deal with the impacts of mineral extraction.

The committee is looking to get the money from three main sources so far: the state's energy impact fund, the United States Olympic Committee and private benefactors.

It is seeking a total of about $5.5 million for phase one of the upgraded jumps, which would include just the K114 and the K65.

The three other jumps, including the K88, will have to wait for more funding.

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