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Public input sought on Silver Mountain land swap proposal

Posted November 24

— The public comment period on a proposed deal to increase the available terrain for helicopter skiing on Silverton Mountain is coming to a close.

The Durango Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2fHzAjr ) that the plan by Silverton Mountain Ski Area owners to modify helicopter skiing access has been a point of contention in the small community. People can provide input on the proposal until Dec. 12.

Silverton Mountain owners Aaron and Jen Brill are requesting a change in their helicopter-access permit from the Bureau of Land Management. They want to swap backcountry territory for about 10,000 more acres of heli-skiing terrain.

Opponents say the deal will only benefit Silverton Mountain and not the town's economy.

Aaron Brill disagreed, calling the land swap a "well thought out proposal."

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