Update, March 2015:
The final public hearing before approvals is on March 26th at the TRPA Governing Board, they will hear the project then vote on it. TAMBA will be there to publicly support the project on record. The Forest Service has issued a proposed decision, which includes the bike park, it can be viewed here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/HeavenlyEpicProject
The Heavenly Bike Park is part of the Epic Discovery Project proposed by Vail Resorts, essentially this is a private project proposing to build a public bike park on public land in Tahoe – truly a first of it’s kind! This project proposes new summer activities at Heavenly including a lift service mountain bike park comprised of about 10 miles of new DH trails and an 8 mile a new multi-use connector trail to the Tahoe Rim Trail and Van Sickle called the Panorama Trail. TAMBA has been at the table for a couple years and have a signed “Trail Partnership Action Plan” with Heavenly, Forest Service, NV State Parks, CTC, and TRTA.
The draft EIR/EIS is complete and out for review right now. This document will be used to jointly approve the project by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit USFS (LTBMU) and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Region. It is important for the public (you!) to comment on this.
Comments and Support letters are due October 27, please take action now! Write a letter or email showing your support and suggestions (you can also include photographs). TRPA has been identified as the primary point of contact to address questions and collect comments for all 3 of the approval agencies. Please submit written comments to:
Mr. David Landry
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
PO Box 5310
Stateline, NV 89449
Key talking points in your letter can include:
- Creation of the Panorama Trail will provide much needed connections to the Rim Trail at Mott Canyon to Monument Pass and a lake side connection to the Van Sickle Trail. Currently Heavenly is a black hole, void of mountain bike trails and this public connection is greatly needed. It will connect the town to the mountains better for biking and hiking.
- The approval of events, such as races and festivals, should be included in the approval of the project. The USFS should include mountain bike events in the NEPA process for approval.
- The bike park should be considered for future expansion with popularity, eventually even to the base areas of Stagecoach and/or California Base Lodge.
- The project will create a significant number of additional year-round jobs.
- The project is proposed in an existing developed recreational site that is in the core of the existing mountain, utilizing existing infrastructure such as lodge buildings and chair lifts.
- Additional connector trails will improve the recreation experience and provide better connections.
- More people will access the National Forest through the gondola, hiking and biking, connecting the highest bedbase in Tahoe to the mountains better.
- High quality recreational experiences in the Forest breeds additional stewardship for the outdoors.
- The design includes a number of resource protection measures that will reduced or avoid negative environmental effects.
- Heavenly has a proven track record of providing high quality recreation and environmental protection.