New plan to bring skiing back to Pikes Peak west of Colorado Springs

Boulder businessman hoping to get permission

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Developers are still hoping to resurrect skiing on Pikes Peak west of Colorado Springs.

John Ball, a Boulder County telecommunications executive, is hoping to raise money and get permission from regulators to bring back skiing after three decades.

Ball established a limited liability company in 2007 and hopes to raise $50 million.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, environmentalists are worried about damaging the iconic mountain which served as the inspiration for the time-honored song, "America the Beautiful."

A former property owner previously set up six ski runs by hand cutting his own trails.  That resort closed in 1984.