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Pandora’s is not unknown terrain to many local skiers, but it does take a hike to get there. But maybe not for too much longer.

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It’s mid-April, with mild temperatures and sunshine on the snow-capped peaks above Avalanche Creek. The grasses and shrubs along the valley floor are still golden brown, inching toward green. It won’t rain today but there’s a front moving in tomorrow, and it’s windy. All of this means the variables are coming together for fire.

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Summer in Snowmass means biking, hiking, sightseeing and soon a climbing wall, zipline and an alpine coaster. The U.S. Forest Service gave initial approval last month for a suite of recreational activities on the Elk Camp side of the ski area. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with Forest Service mountain sports manager Roger Poirier about the plans.

 

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The U.S. Forest Service plans to burn up to 500 acres near Avalanche Creek today and this weekend, if the weather conditions allow.

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The U.S. Forest Service released its assessment of the environmental impacts that will come with a new plan to limit camping in overcrowded wilderness areas.

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The U.S. Forest Service faces a major backlog in trail maintenance and is now looking to identify a few key areas where it can pick up the pace.

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The U.S. Forest Service has released a draft decision that approves major recreation updates at Snowmass Ski Area.

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Congressman Scott Tipton held a telephone town hall earlier this month, where he discussed health care, energy policy and public lands. Last week, he was working on infrastructure ideas for the National Park Service and Forest Service. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat in on the phone call and has been following his work on public lands. She discussed the congressman’s policies and communication with producer Christin Kay.  

 

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The U.S. Forest Service has approved a plan for an alpine coaster and other recreation options at Copper Mountain Resort. A similar plan in Snowmass is still under review.

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The City of Aspen is working to retain conditional water rights to build reservoirs on Maroon and Castle Creeks, and the court battle could get expensive.

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Aspen Skiing Company wants to make some changes to the Sam’s Knob area on Snowmass.  The U.S. Forest Service is now taking public comment on the plans.

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The Roaring Fork Valley is a biking wonderland in the summer months, rife with world-class singletrack trails and scenic, quiet roads. But in the winter, it’s a different landscape. Local mountain bikers are working to change that.

On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Wyatt Orme present a compilation of the week’s news.

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The U.S. Forest Service has taken initial steps to sell two properties totaling about 70 acres of land adjacent to Crown Mountain Park and the Roaring Fork River in the mid-valley. The move comes as the agency works to reduce costs amid funding cuts.

On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Wyatt Orme present a compilation of the week’s news.

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The U.S. Forest Service has a plan to clear cut some sections of the Upper Fryingpan Valley, beyond Ruedi Reservoir. The first round of public comment has ended, and some people are not happy about logging operations in this recreational area.

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Officials with the White River National Forest have proposed selling two pieces of land in El Jebel.

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The U.S. Forest Service will hold a public meeting tonight to gather feedback about a plan to cut back trees in the upper Fryingpan.

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Backpackers looking to stay the night in the most popular areas of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness will soon need a permit to do so. The U.S. Forest Service recently released a plan to manage overnight visitors in the backcountry.

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