The owners of Waterville Valley Ski Resort, Waterville Valley Holdings LLC, have submitted a proposal to the U.S. Forest Service for a major expansion of the ski area.
The proposed Green Peak expansion will include construction of a new lift, ski trails, a glade area, snowmaking, and the relocation of an existing building.
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Forest Service must prepare an Environmental Assessment to disclose the potential human and environmental effects of the proposed expansion.
The NEPA process provides for public “scoping” of the proposed action to help identify important issues, define the intensity of the site-specific environmental analyses, and provide a basis for sound decision-making to implement the best management activities needed to meet desired resource conditions as described in the Forest Service’s Land and Resource Management Plan.
According to an article in the Union Leader, chief executive officer Chris Sununu “is eager to receive public comment…He gave no estimate on the total cost [of the proposed expansion], but noted that a new chairlift on its own is about $4 million.”
The public is invited to comment on Waterville Valley’s proposed Green Peak Expansion Project. Your comments may be provided orally or in writing by Feb. 3, 2012 to Sarah LaPlante, USDA Forest Service, 71 White Mountain Drive, Campton, NH 03223, by fax: 603-536-3685 (attention Sarah LaPlante), by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone: 603-536-6237 (voice) or 603-536-3665 (TTY).
The Ski Area has scheduled an informational open house to discuss the project on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 from 4-7 p.m. at the Waterville Valley Conference Center.
A decision from the Forest Service is expected by the fall of 2012 and expansion construction would commence in 2013.
You can access all the Forest Service documents relative to Green Peak online here.
NOTE: Your positive comments are needed! Please help move the Green Peak expansion forward by letting the Forest Service know that you support the project. Every other resort around us is growing and expanding. Let’s give Waterville Valley the chance to do the same – and to do it in the environmentally sustainable fashion that they’re proposing.