Sun Valley Resort has pushed back its expansion plans for Bald Mountain another season.
The company filed a new route for the replacement chairlift out of Cold Springs with the U.S. Forest Service earlier this month, triggering a new assessment by that agency and the BLM, which share stewardship of the area.
That means the 380-acre expansion into Turkey Bowl and Cold Springs chutes, two popular out-of-bounds zones off Seattle Ridge, will have to wait until the 2020-21 season, according to the timeline on the company’s website.
Sun Valley spokeswoman Kelli Lusk declined to explain the reasons for the change.
“We have not made any formal announcement,” Lusk told the Idaho Mountain Express. “We’ll have more information as we go along.”
Zach Poff, recreation and winter sports program manager at the Ketchum Ranger Station, said Forest Service staff will begin its analysis of the proposed path in coordination with the BLM after the snow melts.
“Once we get a proposal, we look at it on the ground,” he said. “We can’t say what the timeline will be until we get out there and look.”
Poff described the new application as a “slight” shift.
“It’s not a drastic change,” he said. “My understanding is it’s better for lift maintenance, and just a more desirable alignment. It’s up to them, and what they want when they submit a proposal. It’s our job to analyze the effects.”