Adam Christopher of Denver jumps the cornice into Nose run on a sunny, cold day at Arapahoe Basin Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Adam Christopher of Denver jumps the cornice into Nose run on a sunny, cold day at Arapahoe Basin Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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DENVER — Arapahoe Basin is one step closer to getting final approval for its plan to expand backcountry terrain.

The Denver Post reports that forest officials approved the expansion Wednesday with the release of a final environmental review of the project.

Plans for the Arapahoe Basin include a new lift and expansion into the steep terrain known as the Beavers and Steep Gullies for intermediate-level bowl skiing and expert-level cliffs. A zip line tour and challenge course are also part of the plan.

Management of the territory is covered by the U.S. Forest Service's land and resource plan for the White River National Forest, one of the most skied national forests in the country with 11 resorts.

The Forest Service is now accepting public input on the proposal.

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