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Crested Butte appeals Forest Service decision

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. - Crested Butte Mountain Resort is appealing a U.S. Forest Service decision rejecting its expansion plan, even before the plan went through an environmental analysis.

The resort filed its appeal Friday. The Forest Service has 30 days to respond.

The Forest Service has cited a divided public, environmental issues and other concerns in its decision in November.

The ski area contends its proposed expansion on Snodgrass Mountain is critical to its long-term health and that of the East River Valley in Gunnison County. The resort says the expansion would add intermediate and advanced terrain with 276 acres of skiing.

The resort says Snodgrass Mountain has been included in its permit to use Forest Service land since 1982.

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