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The U.S. Forest Service has posted a final record of decision approving Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s (CBMR) proposal to expand terrain and chairlift access. The Teocalli Drainage Project was submitted by The Meuller family – CBMR’s former owners – in 2015, previous to the sale of their company to Vail Resorts.

The plan calls for three new chairlifts, including a replacement of the resort’s existing North Face Lift; 32 acres of new snowmaking, a new Ski Patrol outpost at the top of the north face, and approximately 15 miles of new summer trails. The expanded skiing terrain comprises 500 acres in the Teocalli and Teocalli Two Bowls, and nine new intermediate trails.

For their part, Vail is not yet committing to fulfill the entirety of the proposal. In a press release put out Wednesday Morning, CBMR General Manager Tim Baker said the company is looking forward to, “identifying how we will proceed with it.”

Zack Pickett is a senior communications specialist at CBMR, he said. “First off we appreciate the time and effort that US Forest Service and the Meuller Family put into this plan. The resort will continue to look at this project as a future opportunity, but first we need to understand which projects and priorities will best increase the guest experience.’

I asked pickett if that meant the proposal would be delayed or if it meant that some of the projects might get dropped.

He responded, “We do not speculate on plans until an announcement is ready to be made, so while we certainly appreciate the excitement of our guests and the community regarding the potential investments in the resort, we continually will seek to improve the guest experience here at CBMR.”

In April 2019, the U.S. Forest Service approved CBMR’s plan to replace and realign the former Teocalli Lift. The former 1979 Riblet fixed-grip double chairlift is being replaced with a fixed-grip quad chairlift; construction is set to be complete before the 2019-20 winter season.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Vail Resorts are both supporters of KBUT.

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