Crystal Mountain – New terrain and an upgraded High Campbell chairlift are on the way at Crystal Mountain after the U.S. Forest Service approved the projects Friday.
The approval of the environmental document, the final step in the National Environmental Policy Act process, also paves the way for a new wastewater treatment plant at the ski area.
The upgrades are part of Crystal’s 2004 master development plan.
The ski area has not established a time frame for installing the new lifts, Crystal spokeswoman Tiana Enger said.
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The new Bullion Basin lift will add about 250 acres of intermediate terrain to the ski area that at 2,300 acres is the largest in the state.
The new High Campbell lift will replace a 31-year-old lift with two-seat chairs that Enger describes as “well past its prime.” The new lift likely will have three-seat chairs, will move slightly faster and will be capable of operating in higher winds.
The High Campbell lift accesses only expert terrain.
The ski area has dropped plans to build a skier bridge over Crystal Mountain Boulevard.