The current popularity of Albion Basin and projected increases in area population and tourism is contributing to increasing concern about user demand with regard to sustainable visitation levels, recreation, transportation and natural resource protection. In response, the Albion Basin Transportation Feasibility Study was completed in 2011 to develop an understanding of baseline conditions through detailed data collection efforts and preliminary resource analysis, as well as to develop a range of summer season recreation and transportation alternatives for Albion Basin that aim to protect resources and distribute visitors in a sustainable manner.
In response to the results of the Feasibility Study, the Forest Service will implement a pilot solution during the summer of 2018 in which Alta Ski Lifts will take over management of the Albion Basin under their current Special Use Term Permit. Alta Ski Lifts will manage visitor services, including traffic management, and maintain roads, trails, trailheads and trailhead facilities as part of their summer operations. Alta Ski Lifts will charge a reasonable fee for services provided including maintenance of roads, trails, parking lots restroom facilities, chair lift rides and or shuttle services.
A public open house will be held to address upcoming changes to visitor use management in Albion Basin this summer. The meeting will be held at the Albion Grill on April 19, 2018 from 6-7pm.