Sipapu hosts public meeting to discuss expansion

By Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 11/7/19

Sipapu has sought to expand its ski terrain and infrastructure for several years now. Several of the ski area's expansion proposals were approved by the Forest Service in 2012 as part of a master development plan.

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Sipapu hosts public meeting to discuss expansion

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Sipapu has sought to expand its ski terrain and infrastructure for several years now. Several of the ski area's expansion proposals were approved by the Forest Service in 2012 as part of a master development plan.

Amendments to those plans were approved by the Forest Service earlier this year after public meetings, but the ski area still has a long environmental analysis to go through before those projects - such as trails and new lifts - become a reality. A special meeting is scheduled from 1-5 p.m., Thursday (Nov. 7) at the Sipapu Ski building to discuss the concerns of some residents in nearby communities and the next steps forward. "The goal was for it to be a listening session to hear from the community," said John Paul Bradley, the mountain manager.

Attorney Edwin Thomson Greiner is one who is worried about how some of the expansion could affect the water levels and water quality in the area. He has been requesting documents from the Forest Service about the proposed ski area expansion.

Bradley said the master development plan and amendments are more like a "Christmas wish list." The next step is to conduct an environmental analysis on the proposals. That can't occur until the Forest Service gives the final approval of the amendments.

The Sipapu Master Development Plan, amendments and timeline are available to read at sipapu.ski/the-mountain/master-development-plan.

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