DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a U.S. Forest Service decision allowing new ski terrain on Burnt Mountain in the Snowmass ski area near Aspen.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday rejected a challenge by the environmental group Ark Initiative.

The group argued the land, which is in the White River National Forest, should have been protected as a roadless area.

The Forest Service and a district court rejected Ark’s argument, so the group appealed.

A three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit said the Forest Service action wasn’t arbitrary or capricious and didn’t violate the law.

The Aspen Times reported Tuesday that Ark and a landowner filed another suit seeking to block the widening of an access trail to Burnt Mountain.

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