Forum addresses proposed Winter Park bike trail expansion |

Forum addresses proposed Winter Park bike trail expansion

by Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News

As Winter Park Resort is gearing up to add roughly 10 miles of downhill mountain bike trails, the U.S. Forest Service is holding an informational forum Thursday night to share with the public what the plan entails.

The resort’s proposal involves several year-round trail enhancement projects including the expansion of the mountain bike trail system, relocating the Serenity Trail to improve the connection between the resort and the town of Winter Park, and widening an existing ski trail to enhance access to the Eagle Wind Chairlift.

The public forum is part of the Forest Service’s environmental assessment (EA), which is required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposal is entitled WPR Year-Round Trail Enhancement Projects.

Michael Ricketts, recreational forester for the Forest Service, encourages community members to attend so they can put in their two cents about the proposed enhancements.

“We’re still in the process of analyzing the proposal and we need feedback from the public,” Ricketts said.

The public scoping open house will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Balcony House at Winter Park Resort. Comments, ideas, issues, and concerns of the community will be heard and subsequently taken into consideration during the NEPA analysis.

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments are also encouraged. Written comments can be submitted to: Craig A. Magwire, District Ranger, Sulphur Ranger District, P.O. Box 109 Tenmile Drive, Granby, CO 80446 or faxed to 970-887-4102.

They can also be delivered by hand during regular office hours. Electronic comments can be sent to:

Winter Park Resort operates on the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest under a special use permit issued by the Forest Service.

Anyone with questions regarding the proposal can contact Ricketts at 970-887-4133, or e-mail him at

” To reach Stephanie Miller, call (970) 887-3334, ext. 19601 or e-mail

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