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as Peppermint. The Association organized a team
to follow the progress with the Forest Service, evaluate
for Ski Area Development of the Peppermint
Mountain site, USFS Region V, by Ted Farwell and
Associates.
Late in 1981, members from local ski clubs
hiked the site. In February 1982, the site was hiked
and heli skied by five FWSA team members. The
DEIS was completed in May, 1984 and a supplemental
EIS was completed in 1985 when two condors
were found near the area. Other environment
objections emerged in 1984. Skiers commenced a
letter - writing campaign in support for the area
after an appeal from Nancy Ingalsbee. Sequoia and
San Luis Obispo wrote letters and The FWSA VPPublic
Affairs, Kermit Wagner, pleaded in 1985 for
Fresno, Avalanche (Bakersfield) and Santa Barbara to
write letters because they would benefit from such a
nearby area.
On January 6, 1987 a " standing room only " crowd of roughly 275 skiers attended an Area Development
program at Balboa Ski Club, Orange Council. Shown in the picture are: Left to Right (Kneeling):
Bill Donahue, President of Showbounders; Maxine Braun, Director of Public Affairs - Orange Council;
Janie " Frankie " Hansen, President of FWSA; Jane Wyckoff, Past President of FWSA; Terry Mayle,
President - Orange Council; Sue Emery, President of Balboa Ski Club; Carol McCracken, Past President
of Orange Council; Jeff Drawbridge, VP of Snowfliers; STANDING: Art Pressel, VP of Orange Council;
Cloyde Howard, Trustee of FWSA; Dan Collins, VP of Councils - FWSA; Ed McArthur, Executive Director
of USRSA; Allan O'Connor, A.I.A., Recreation Architect Planner; John Rosenfeld, Director of Public
Affairs - USSA; Louis Buhler, Director of Public Affairs - LA Council.
Snow Job! BSC Newsletter, February, 1987
In a historic rally for ski area development,
Balboa Ski Club hosted in January 1987 a " standing
room only " of 275 skiers to hear an array of
speakers on a menu of active area development
topics. These included Louie Buhler, who reported
that the decision of Zane Smith, Regional Forester,
had upheld the decision for development of Peppermint.
Allan O'Connor, Recreational Architect Planner
and developer of the Mammoth Mountain
Master Plan reported on Snowcreek. In 1989, both
FWSA and USRSA continued to track Peppermint's
litigation history. But, the 1989 decision indicated
a need for the ski area and the Forest Service
issued a prospectus for the " private sector to complete the
planning and environmental study phase of the project " .
In 1990, FWSA Public Affairs reported that
no responses to the prospectus had been filed with
the Forest Service.
FWSA maintained support from the 1960s onward
for ski area expansions and use of public lands
for skiing. Far West instituted on site skier reconnaissance
to support its policy decisions. This involved
the Southern Council, the Tahoe Task Force
and the Eastern Sierra Task Force. Done!
The Tahoe Task Force examined the DEIS for
the Mt Lincoln expansion of Sugar Bowl and did
on-site inspection. FWSA passed resolutions favoring
Mt Lincoln expansion at Sugar Bowl and the
Stockton Flats expansion of Mt Baldy, approved in
1991, but still not done! DEIS review was conducted
for Sierra Ski Ranch, Galena and Shasta issues.
Independence Lake was inspected as a possible
new ski area.
The FWSA Public Affairs office created skier reconnaissance teams for onsite evaluations of threatened
expansion of skiing. The Tahoe Task Force received a briefing from Sugar Bowl staff on environmental
matters, including an issue associated. with Mt. Lincoln. Standing Left to Right: Dick Fores,
(Consulting Forester), Sue Kane (FWSA Public Affairs), Morris Schmucker (BAC Powderhounds),
Ted Abbott) President, Sunburst Ski Club), Pat Venturino (BAC Public Affairs), Karen Kimball (FWSA
Secretary, Chair, Tahoe Task Force), Randy Lew (BAC Open League Racing, Modesto Ski Club), and
Joanne Roubique (District Ranger, Truckee). Front Row: Rick Maddalena (Recreation Officer,
Truckee), John Chong, Gretchen Sustachek (BAC Powderhounds), and Rob Kautz (President, Sugar
Bowl). SkiWatch, February, 1990
Sherwin Mountain &
the San Joaquin Ridge
The Eastern Sierra Task Force conducted onsite
meetings with Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
and Dempsey Construction and deployed site survey
teams in summer and winter - using helicopters for
on snow reconnaissance in 1990. The sites involved
were Sherwin Mountain and the San Joaquin Ridge
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