Beginning of the ski resort
The very first step in replacing the mine with a ski resort is to remediate the land. In general, this involves cleaning up any contaminated areas. Waste will be carted away and safely and responsibly disposed of, and air, water, and land pollution will be remediated as well. Unfortunately, due to the awful condition of the site and also the end target of a ski resort, phytoremediation (remediation and reclamation by plants) is not possible at this site. Similarly, a full restoration is impossible. However, it is vital, whether or not this site becomes a ski resort, to remediate this land, to stop incredible harm to the environment, plants and animals, and humans that live in the area
The second step, reclamation, is to stabilize the landscape. It will involve processes to prevent landslides and similar disasters. For instance, soil covers will be installed to stabilize soil and reduce its exposure. This is similarly necessary even in the case that this site doesn't become a ski resort.
Finally, after remediation and reclamation, replacement can begin. In other words, construction of a ski resort. This will involve construction of a few buildings and ski lifts, landscaping of ski slopes, and installation of signs discussing the history of the site.
Future of the ski resort
Due to its optimal location, a ski resort in this area is likely to become profitable and a community fixture fairly quickly. Other ski resorts within 30 miles of the site have such accolades as having hosted parts of the winter Olympics, and make close to $1 million yearly.
Who knows- we might even see the nearby Copperton rebranded Skiton!