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Forest Service Kiboshes Crested Butte's Snodgrass Expansion

Forest Service Kiboshes Crested Butte's Snodgrass Expansion

[ November 10, 2009 - 3:06pm ]
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Photo by: Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Resort's master development plan for proposed 276-acre expansion on nearby mountain is rejected

Last spring, when we were researching this month's feature on Crested Butte Mountain Resort, it looked like a proposed expansion onto Snodgrass Mountain was all but inevitable. "Chances are high" the bullwheels churning new lifts up Snodgrass would start turning within five years, we wrote. Turns out we were wrong. The U.S. Forest Service has rejected CBMR's master development plan, according to the Denver Post, and has blocked its application for an environmental review of the area, effectively killing, for now, the resort's expansion dreams. Crested Butte is known for its serious steeps and gnarliest-of-gnar in-bounds extremes. But as every resort marketing team knows, the biggest demographic is in the blues, and CBMR has long been looking for a way to ease its reputation. Just across the valley from its sister-hill, Snodgrass Mountain offers much gentler slopes, and thus has often been a target for development by the resort. Tim and Diane Mueller, who bought CBMR in 2004, had planned to open up 276 acres on Snodgrass of mostly blue terrain, serviced by three new lifts and a gondola.

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