Support of the Snodgrass Mountain Expansion

In the next few days Mt. Crested Butte town officials will be sending a letter to the U.S. Forest Service indicating their community’s support of Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s (CBMR) proposal to expand lift-accessed skiing onto neighboring Snodgrass Mountain.

Plans to expand the ski area onto the 11,145-foot-high Snodgrass Mountain, adjacent to Mt. Crested Butte, have come and gone for more than two decades.

In a community survey conducted by Crested Butte in 2006 that asked area residents about their stance on issues such as the development of the North Village, the need for more public amenities like parks, and whether or not they support the Snodgrass expansion.  The survey indicates that 68 percent of the general respondents support the expansion and 66 percent of full-time Mt. Crested Butte residents support the expansion.

1,907 surveys were mailed out to all registered voters, property owners, and business owners within the town, and 706 surveys were returned.  Snodgrass is also discussed in the town’s 2007 Community Plan, which was partly based on results of the survey. In the Land Use and Growth Management Section, the plan states the town should “support CBMR in its effort to expand ski terrain onto Snodgrass Mountain.”

The plan also describes the results of the survey as “a clear majority of the community.”

Mt. Crested Butte’s survey results closely follow the results of a survey recently conducted by the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, which showed that 60 percent of 134 responding business owners were in favor of lift-served skiing on Snodgrass Mountain, with 31 percent opposed and 9 percent unsure.

The results of the Chamber’s survey were discussed during a Crested Butte Town Council meeting on April 7. During the same meeting, the Crested Butte Town Council received a petition signed by 231 people with ties to town in support of the resort’s expansion. The response was very different from views expressed by citizens at a March 24 public work session, during which many people spoke against the proposal.

Source: Crested Butte News

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