Ski Village Development on Ice

By: AP
By: AP

A state district court has thrown the developers of a huge ski village in southwestern Colorado a curve.

The court ruled today that Mineral County made a mistake when it approved building permits for the development at the base of the Wolf Creek ski area because there's no year-round access.

The only way in right now is a Forest Service road that's closed part of the year because of snow that gets up to ten feet deep.

That means developer Texas (B) billionaire Billy Joe "Red" McCombs will have to get approval to build a road across U-S Forest Service land before getting final approval for his plans.

The development company says the decision will add to the final costs but won't stop the project.

Jeff Berman of Colorado Wild -- one of the plaintiffs -- disagrees. He says even if the Forest Service allows construction of the road, the developers must go through a long, uncertain process.


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