Report: Royal Gorge ski resort land-swap rumors determined untrue |

Report: Royal Gorge ski resort land-swap rumors determined untrue

Sierra Countis

TRUCKEE – The release of a report by the owners of Royal Gorge cross-country ski resort regarding plans for future development put rumors circulating on Donner Summit to rest – for now.

Royal Gorge owners Todd Foster and Kirk Syme hired a land-planning firm to evaluate the property and environmentally sensitive areas of the 3,000-acre property on the Summit, west of Truckee. The information was included in a report released Aug. 25, which also includes submitted comments and development suggestions from individuals and organizations pertaining to the property’s future.

Foster and Syme purchased Royal Gorge more than a year ago, and speculation about the future of the property has been rampant on the summit.

Martin Bern, former Serene Lakes Property Owners Association president, said the homeowner’s association “had caught wind” that the Royal Gorge property owners were trying to obtain another 320 acres of U.S. Forest Service land that runs east of Soda Springs Road.

According to the report, there was a rumor of a potential land exchange to make the Forest Service parcel private, in exchange for a private parcel somewhere else to be Forest Service land.

Joanne Roubique, with the Truckee Ranger District, said she met with Mike Livak, Royal Gorge project manager, and nothing specific was expressed about the pursuit of the Forest Service property. “Royal Gorge is not pursuing a land swap,” Livak said. “Many ideas were explored when (Royal Gorge) was purchased over a year ago.”

The report contains pages of comments, personal opinions and land use suggestions. Most comments were concerns about public access to trials, open space, and wilderness.

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