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White Pass Officials say a permit for expansion is step forward

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White Pass, WA -  White Pass officials say a permit approval for expansion at the ski area is one step closer to being a reality, but they could face more resistance from opponents in the coming months.

The permit gives the ski area 776-acres of forestland.

They want to add 18 new ski trails, two ski lifts and a mid-mountain lodge.

But some back-country skiers have opposed the project from the beginning and they are getting help from some environmental groups to stop it.

"There are several scenarios," says Kevin McCarthy, general manager of the White Pass Ski Area, "We may never be sued.  I may never hear anything from our opponents.  We may hear something from our opponents and it may come to some negotiation, or will be sued and it will be up to some federal judge in Seattle."

McCarthy says they originally tried to move forward with expansion back in 19-99, but after getting the permit, they were stopped by a lawsuit.

Now, he thinks they have addressed the concerns brought up in that suit.

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