Steamboat briefs: Ski area trails close for experimental tree treatment

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From today through Friday and from Sept. 21 to 25, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will close some summer trails while it tests an experimental method to dispose of slash piles left behind by logging operations. The ski area removed trees killed by the mountain pine beetle this summer.

The parking lot at the top of Burgess Creek Road near the Thunderhead Express ski lift, the disc golf course, and sections of the Zig Zag bike trail and Thunderhead hiking trails will be closed. Access to the mountain will remain open via the Yoo Hoo and Valley View trails, as well as Creekside to the upper portion of Zig Zag.

The ski area is working with the Colorado State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service to test a new method for disposing of slash known as mastication. As its name suggests, the process involves grinding up slash. Unlike wood chipping, however, the process leaves the forest floor in a condition that promotes regrowth. It also provides an alternative to burning in smoke-sensitive areas. As the Rocky Mountain West deals with an unprecedented mountain pine beetle epidemic, slash disposal is a major challenge.

The trail closures are necessary because mastication is a dangerous that can send debris as far as 300 feet.

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