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Granite Peak holds meeting to review plans for expansionSubmitted: 12/07/2016
RIB MOUNTAIN - Granite Peak in Wausau wants to expand, but some people don't want that to happen. 

The Granite Peak ski area held a meeting Wednesday evening to discuss those plans. The public was invited to hear about the expansion and to get answers to any of their questions.


Some people aren't in favor of the plans due to land preservation concerns. 

Granite Peak has been planning with the DNR for nearly three years to make sure those concerns would be put to rest. But they've done more than just meet with the DNR.

"We've met with the neighbors and we've been meeting with other groups like The Friends of Rib Mountain, a couple of times, and the town," said Charles Skinner, the president and owner of Granite Peak. "We've been wanting to come up with the best plan possible. We wanted to take the time that it took to get to this point and do the best job with balancing all the interests as possible."

Granite Peak is hoping that by adding a couple hundred acres and more variety, their facility will be able to compete with other large facilities around the country. 

They hope the new slopes will bring out more skiers and families, which would in turn help the northcentral Wisconsin economy.

"Our goal is, a generation from now, Granite Peak will be a healthy ski area that's contributing to the economy here and providing a healthy outdoor recreation for the residents of Wausau and is still here," said Skinner.

The DNR was not present at tonight's meeting, but there will be another meeting held with them there.
  
We will let you know when those plans have been finalized.


Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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