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 any questions they have answered.
There are some people that are not in favor of the plans due to land preservation concerns.
Granite peak has been planning with the DNR for nearly three year to make sure those concerns would be put to rest.
They have 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.
With the new slopes, that would bring out more skiers and families, which would in turn help the north central 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 this evening, but there will be another meeting held with them there.
We will let you know once those plans are made.