Supporters of Crested Butte Snodgrass Mountain expansion to protest today

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 8, 2010 5:58 am

Grab your torches and pitchforks! Members of the Gunnison County community in Colorado are protesting Forest Supervisor Charlie Richmond’s decision not to allow the Snodgrass debate to enter into the public review process. This process apparently should be initiated under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Click here to refresh your memory about the decision to deny Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s expansion onto nearby Snodgrass Mountain. The expansion would give Crested Butte 276 more acres of skiing, and would be serviced by three lifts, a beginner carpet and a gondola connecting the two mountains.

The protestors, called the Citizens for NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) are expecting at least 50 protestors to march outside the Forest Service office in Delta, Colorado this morning. This protest is on the heels of Crested Butte’s December 18th appeal to the U.S. Forest Service, asking them to initiate a public and objective NEPA process for Snodgrass. On December 24th, Colorado Ski Country USA filed a petition to intervene in this matter on the side of Crested Butte. CSCUSA is concerned the Forest Service will continue to deny ski areas the right to expand without conducting public reviews under NEPA.