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Nearly one-third of the Durango, Colo.’s Durango Nordic Center’s trails could be at risk with the proposed development of a 190-unit luxury RV park near Purgatory Resort,. the Durango Herald reported.

“We are not opposing the development,” said Tom Holcomb, president of the Durango Nordic Ski Club. “But we want to work with the developer to ensure the continuation of something that resembles the existing trail network.”

Last fall, plans came to light for the Hearthside Luxury Motorcoach Resort, a luxury RV community on 54 acres along U.S. Highway 550, across from Cascade Village. The land was recently sold to the developer.

On Tuesday, the San Juan County Planning Commission will review the project and submit a recommendation to San Juan County commissioners, who will make a final decision on April 12.

The meetings are both open for public comment.

According to Holcomb, the development would wipe away 3 to 5 miles of the Nordic Center’s 14 miles of cross-country terrain, most on the northern loop, an area conducive to beginner and intermediate skiers.

Holcomb said officials with the Nordic Center reached out to the developer, Michigan-based Hearthside Grove, in January with the hope of integrating some of the trails into the project.

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