The Deschutes National Forest is preparing an environmental impact statement for proposed improvements at the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area. The proposed changes include the development of a new chairlift and associated trails; shortening or replacing three existing lifts; expanding snowmaking coverage; construction of a lift-served downhill mountain bike park and improvements to the Nordic trail system. Construction of a new lodge and an Alpine Training Center, as well as an expansion of the parking lot are also included in the proposal. Forest officials are looking for public comment on the proposal. Comments should be directed to Shane Jeffries of the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District.