The U.S. Forest Service has approved a plan to expand Taos Ski Valley's expert terrain by 60 percent, installing lifts on some of the most challenging runs in New Mexico. The plan, announced Tuesday, includes new gladed areas, a snowshoe trail system, upgrades to three lifts, and new lifts to West Ridge and Kachina Peak, popular hike-to terrain. Diana Trujillo, acting supervisor of the Carson National Forest, said in a statement that while certain aspects of the plan would be controversial, particularly the lift to Kachina, the development was necessary for the ski area to remain economically viable. "I am confident that, collectively, the projects approved will help Taos Ski Valley to reclaim its competitive standing in the Rocky Mountain region," Trujillo said in a statement.
Via CBS News