Laramie, Wy – A federal judge in Idaho has denied a request by a helicopter skiing company to expand its operations. The company wanted to expand in a wilderness study area.
The U-S District Judge sided with environmentalists. He said the U-S Forest Service violated the 1984 Wyoming Wilderness Act in allowing a Jackson-based company to fly more skiers into the Palisades Wilderness Study area on the Wyoming-Idaho line.
Environmental groups including the Greater Yellowstone Coalition took the issue to court. A spokesperson for the coalition, says the group is pleased with the ruling.
The operator of High Mountain Heli-Skiing, says he plans to discuss the ruling with his attorney.