Crested Butte ski resort loses latest appeal |

Crested Butte ski resort loses latest appeal

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. (AP) – A review officer for U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has affirmed a forest supervisor’s decision blocking Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s plan to add skiing on Snodgrass Mountain.

However, reviewing officer Gloria Manning on Wednesday also instructed Gunnison National Forest Supervisor Charlie Richmond to tell the resort what kind of expansion would be acceptable.

If nothing is acceptable, Manning said, Richmond should consider whether to change the forest’s management plan to reflect what’s now suitable for Snodgrass.

The resort says Snodgrass is within boundaries of its special use permit, but Richmond said in November that its expansion plan wasn’t in the public interest.

Resort officials are considering what to do next.