Loveland Bruce Ruff of Golden skis at Loveland Ski Area on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.

The U.S. Forest Service has greenlit a terrain expansion at Loveland Ski Area.

Initially announced in September, the plan centers around Loveland Valley, known as a hub for novice skiers and snowboarders. The Zig Zag and Boomerang runs will be modified to better match their green rating, while two new trails will be added. The approval from the Arapaho National Forest supervisor also allows for the construction of a parking lot with up to 500 spots.

The project proposal calls for grading Zig Zag to a more gentle slope and trail widening that will require 3 acres of tree clearing. The proposal outlines another 3 acres of timber clearing for Boomerang, which will serve as a connector for the new pair of adjacent runs.

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