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Colton Polczynski
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I moved to Pagosa Springs when I was 5 years old, that was 14 years ago. Wolf Creek embodies the cornerstone of my youth. There is nowhere on earth that I find more pristine or beautiful. I absolutely agree with this article in that this massive development would cause nothing but corruption of our mountain. The construction of the village would inevitably cause massive environmental degradation to the surrounding forest that is already struggling to manage the bark beetle infestation. Then once its built the amount of waste produced will be very overwhelming and likely result in contamination and blowing… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

When that village opens up. I want the oxygen bar concession. I personally have trouble sleeping at 10,300 feet. I lay awake all night listening to my heart beat , trying to get enough O2 to my toes.

Sanford Heath
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Sanford Heath

This is an interesting situation. I lived in Pagosa Springs in the 70s and this idea was being batted back and forth back then . I like that Wolf Creek is small and fairly cheap. Bearly everyone you talk to who loves sking loves Wolf Creek. Most who don’t bemoan the lack of night life and beautiful people. I’m of the first persuasion and would hate to see that change but if it does I could live with that too.

Scott Rappold
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Scott Rappold

Great write up. I’m a Wolf pass holder and ski blogger:

http://blog.coloradoski.com/2016/01/20/chasing-southwestern-powder-at-wolf-creek/
We should have a beer next powder day and talk about how we can work to stop the Pillage

Kevin
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Kevin

Unless you live in the immediate communities surrounding wolf creek, Pagosa springs, or the floundering and stagnant town of South fork, as I do, we’d appreciate if you kept your opinions to yourself. We are a little known resort on a infrequently traveled highway in southern colorado, we will not ever become vail. Our town wants and needs this spark to survive. In south fork we’ve had over 20 restaurants fail in the last 7 years in a town of 500. In a state where outdor activity, and recreation tourism is rapidly expanding why does the Durango population feel they… Read more »

Alyn August
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Alyn August

The spark to survive, you speak of, was voted-down not to long ago. South Fork is its own worst enemy. The proposed village has little to do with our current funk.

Cisco
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Cisco

South Fork voted in ballooning commercial property taxes decades ago to discourage such development and/or put the burden of financing the county on such development. That is why Pagosa is so much more developed and economically robust. You folks want to advance your economy maybe you should consider that driving the hospitality industry directly in to the Pass and away from Pagosa and South Fork is not going to benefit the people in the community nearly as much as it does the people that own the buildings and rent the rooms. Changing local tax codes instead of greedily waiting for… Read more »

Trish
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Amen!

Durango love
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Durango love

I’ve got to double down on Cisco’s comments – if South Fork built a decent hotel / restaurant / coffee shop / brewery / weed store complex you’d have ski traffic coming for apres and staying in town spending money. But you don’t. Develop your own economy, not the mountain.

C. Archuleta
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C. Archuleta

Please, people! Yes the small towns needs jobs I agree. Slow down and read all the limited information presented. Then, PLEASE ask your selves: where will all that waste go? Which county will profit? Bottom line. There are few prestine locations unaffected by greed and need for power. Their name on the plaque while the rest clean up the sh#!. So how many will “ride to the top” and how many will clean up the mess for the rest of time. Will your name be on that plaque, will YOU benefit? Or will your children and grandchildren suffer the consequences????… Read more »

justin
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justin

5th generation from South Fork, the town is dying. We need this and the jobs that will follow.

charles balogh
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charles balogh

the only thing I agree with in that promo video is the need for a bigass fire pit at WC…..

Betsey Strawn
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Betsey Strawn

So if this Materializes this Resort is in Mineral County and they would have to deal with or PAY the EMS , Fire and Law Enforcement. I know they don’t now but RED has said school, law , fire ,and all services would be included, HMMM…more jobs… Oh and by the way check back, way back .. and see who started all this land purchase ,swap and business venture, a vision to employ more local people, YEP DADDY Pitcher!!! !HMMM …. Oh and by the way Texas, Oklahoma, California, Louisiana, and many other great states allow their people to ski… Read more »

DMackey
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DMackey

If the land was bought by Red McCombs it evidently was up for sale? So, how can it be “our” land? I guess if you didn’t want Red to build at Wolf Creek then maybe you should have bought the land.

West Davies
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My understanding is that the property was never for sale. He traded land that he owned with the Forest Service for the land that he currently owns. Unfortunately for him, the land he currently owns has a lot of wetlands and easements that the Wolf Creek Ski Area owns (that he can’t build on). He is currently trying to trade the land that he currently owns for adjacent acreage that doesn’t have the wetlands or easement impediments which would allow him to build out the project on a much grander scale. So no, the author never had an opportunity to… Read more »

Dpizel
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Dpizel

Was absolutely for sale. Listed for sale. Any one had the opportunity to purchase it. The environmental community chose to create a fight instead using those dollars to purchase the property. Here’s anther fact. The only person who has ever stood to make a profit in this deal from mineral county, was the bed partner of the vice chairman and co-founder of the San Luis valley eco-system council. The lead environmental group fighting the developer. Intersingly he was supportive of the deal when she as broker represented the developer. Another fact there have been 100,000 a developed in the San… Read more »

Susan
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Susan

McCombs ‘acquired’ the original piece of property in a land swap by trading a piece of property he owned in a completely different state than Colorado. That deal had a ‘cloud’ over it as well.

Alex
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The public land was not for sale. It was traded under shady conditions. The Red Mcoombs coercion began in 1986 with the original “land swap”, that was denied at first for good reason, and then reversed two weeks later for no apparent reason. He has been using his money to manipulate the systems that ensure our public land is well cared for.

All the background details can be found here: http://friendsofwolfcreek.org/background/

Alyn August
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Alyn August

This story is interesting because the little guy has stymied the big guy for so long…30+ years. Red and his team are persistent, I’ll give them that. So far, there has been no corruption to the experience Wolf Creek offers…it still gets a lot of snow, it’s cheap, and the flats will get you one day.