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STEVENS PASS MAY GET NEW MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL & LODGE January 26, 2009
Stevens Pass Ski resort, December 2008. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(STEVENS PASS, WA) -- Mountain bikers in the Northwest may have a whole new mountain top territory to explore in a couple of years as well as a new lodge to warm up in after their rides.
The Stevens Pass Ski Resort has a new development proposal on the books that calls for five miles of mountain bike downhill trail that would open in the summer of 2010 in addition to new ski lifts and a new mountaintop lodge.
The proposal, by Harbor Properties of Seattle which operates the ski resort area on U.S. Forest Service land, calls for the five miles of downhill trail to be opened to mountain bikers in the summer of 2010.
Those trails would be reached by the current Hogsback chairlift and would include challenges such as jumps and drops. However each bike challenge would have an optional bypass for the less adventurous.
Phase two of the project, scheduled for completion by the winter of 2011, includes a new chairlift, more ski trails east of the summit and a new lodge at the top of the Skyline lift that would feature hot food and year-round access.
Over the next decade or more the proposal calls for adding about 136 acres to the ski area not for development but to make boundaries more clear and improve avalanche control.
Harbor Properties also wants to increase the number of chairlifts to 15 from 12 and the number of trails to 237 on 938 acres of land from the current 130 trails spread over 588 acres to ease crowded conditions on weekends.
The Stevens Pass expansion proposal is the first proposal the U.S. Forest Service and a developer have proposed for environmental review under a “phased environmental analysis” rather than a full blown environmental impact statement on the development’s master plan.
This newer approach allows for a less intense and shortened environmental assessment of each phase of the project before work can begin. It has been used in other parts of the country but not in Washington State.
The Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club has objected to this piecemeal approach to the environmental assessment of the project claiming it would not yield a complete picture of what could happen to the area over time.
Charlie Raines of the Cascade Chapter is quoted in one report as saying he is “flabbergasted the Forest Service thinks they can slice this up into little pieces so they can avoid taking an overall look.” Raines believes the Forest Service should make decisions about the entire landscape, not take one element at a time.