Flowers at Wolf Creek Pass

Another win for Wolf Creek Pass!

By: Chris Talbot-Heindl and Matt Sandler, Rocky Mountain Wild Remember in 2015 when the Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture (LMJV) exchanged a private parcel to the Forest Service (Service) in exchange for Service land adjacent to Highway 160? We challenged that exchange in Court, arguing that it failed to comply with the Read more…

Wolf Creek Pass

A Brief History

1986 – Original Land Exchange 1999 – Wolf Creek Ski Area Alberta Lift and Parking Lot Approval 2000 – Mineral County Preliminary Approval 2001 & 2002 – Attempts to Circumvent Public Review Requirements to Obtain Access 2004 – Mineral County Final Approval 2004 – 2006 – McCombs Undertakes Illegal EIS Read more…

Wolf Creek Pass

Submitting Your Objection to the Village at Wolf Creek Pass Road Access Project

The Forest Service intends to give the Village of Wolf Creek road access. The Rio Grande National Forest announced its intention on July 19 to circumvent a federal court ruling that invalidated prior approvals for the controversial Village at Wolf Creek real estate development. As you know, a Colorado federal Read more…

Banff in Durango

Friday and Saturday, get ready to be transported to another world

By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, Communications & Membership Manager Next week Friday and Saturday, get ready to be transported to another world – 18 of them, actually. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Durango stop will take you to Ecuador, where two women build and maintain their own dirt track in Read more…

FOIA

Wolf Creek Update – Our FOIA Case

By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, Communications & Membership Manager, Rocky Mountain Wild In its January 5 Order, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of District Court and declared that the contractor files didn’t count as “agency records” subject to a FOIA request since the Forest Service had not supervised Read more…

A Canada lynx lumbers across Purgatory Resort Screenshot of video taken by Airrick Hix

The “Village” at Wolf Creek Pass – a disaster for the Endangered Species Act listed Canada lynx

By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, Communications & Membership Manager, Rocky Mountain Wild February 9, 2017 Canada lynx and ski resorts In late December, we all watched in awe as a Canada lynx lumbered across Purgatory Resort amid astonished skiers in broad daylight. For some, it was exciting, for others frightening, and for all, Read more…

Base of Alberta lift at Wolf Creek Ski area, near original site of proposed ski village. Courtesy: Jeremiah Larocco

Glitz and Glamour at Wolf Creek?

By: Erika Brown, Communications Manager, San Juan Citizens Alliance January 18, 2017 “It is, Pitch is most proud to say, the antithesis of the glitz and glamor he sees across Colorado’s ski country.” Seth Boster1 If you rely on sipping on a pumpkin latte before donning your heated boots and Read more…

Rendering of the Village at Wolf Creek

Federal Judge Matsch: “Get the guts of the case before me.”

By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, Communications & Membership Manager, Rocky Mountain Wild July 12, 2016 Last Friday, during a motions hearing on the Wolf Creek case, Friends of Wolf Creek asked Federal Judge Richard Matsch to compel the Forest Service to obtain and disclose records and billing statements from the contractors who Read more…

Rendering of the Village at Wolf Creek

Forest Service Continues to Withhold Records Related to Wolf Creek Decision

By: Tehri Parker, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Wild May 11, 2016 It’s finally spring on Wolf Creek Pass and the air is filled with the sounds of songbirds, rather than bulldozers. This feat is due to the efforts of local residents, activists, philanthropists, and the Friends of Wolf Creek coalition who have Read more…

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