Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. seeks feedback on master plan
January 24, 2012
Steamboat Springs — Plans for new restaurants, chairlifts and terrain will be discussed Wednesday night during a master plan open house hosted by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.
The meeting is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Burgess Creek II meeting room at The Steamboat Grand.
As part of the planning process, Ski Corp. is soliciting feedback, which is an integral step in the U.S. Forest Service approval process.
"The point is we want to have feedback from our locals, from our guests," Ski Corp. spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said.
In November, the ski area unveiled plans for projects it wants to tackle throughout the next decade.
The plan includes building four new ski lifts and replacing another four, expanding terrain near the Sunshine Bowl and Pioneer Ridge, expanding restaurant facilities and establishing a new Rough Rider Learning Center. Ski school students would be shuttled via gondola from the base area to the new learning center near the bottom of the Thunderhead Express lift in the area known as Bashor Bowl.
The newest plan is an amendment to the ski area's 2004 master plan.
In November, Ski Corp. President Chris Diamond said resort officials were in the process of securing the permits for an expansion of the Four Points hut, a project that was identified in the 2004 master plan. Construction could happen in the summer to expand the facility to 3,000 square feet with 100 indoor seats.
Projects mentioned in the plan still would have to be approved individually by the Forest Service.
Diamond said that growth is key to going forward with the projects outlined in the new conceptual development plans and that there are no simple answers as to when the projects would be completed.
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