Loveland Ski Area has applied to add and improve trails and create a 500-space parking area at the beginner-focused Loveland Valley area, and the U.S. Forest Service is accepting public comment on the proposal until Oct. 10.
The entire project will be within Loveland’s current special-use permit area.
According to the USFS, the proposed improvements include enhancing the Zig Zag and Boomerang green-run ski trails, and building two trails next to Boomerang that will be accessible via Lift 3.
Clear Creek District Ranger Scott Haas stated that Loveland wants to regrade the runs because they are too steep and difficult for beginner skiers and snowboarders. The new trails will increase use of Lift 3 and provide more recreation opportunities for Loveland Valley users.
Additionally, the ski area wants to add 500 parking spaces at Loveland Valley by building a lot adjacent to lots D and E, which are near the entrance to the Bakerville/Loveland Trail on the east side of the ski area.
The new lot will help the ski area accommodate its increasing number of visitors, and because of COVID-19, Loveland Ski Area representatives are anticipating fewer people will carpool to the mountains.
The project’s consideration process will involve an environmental assessment by the USFS as well as a public comment period.
Mailed comments can be sent to Haas at P.O. Box 3307, Idaho Springs, CO 80452. Comments can also be submitted electronically at cara.ecosystem-management.org/PublicCommentInput?projct=58009.
Comments must be submitted by midnight Oct. 10. For more information, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/LovelandSkiProjects.