A federal judge today lifted an injunction that has blocked expansion of the Mt. Ashland Ski Area since 2007.

A federal judge today lifted an injunction that has blocked expansion of the Mt. Ashland Ski Area since 2007.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner in Medford will allow the Mt. Ashland Association to begin public fundraising for the expansion, which will include 71 acres of new ski runs, two additional chairlifts, three buildings, an expanded parking area, a tubing facility and other improvements.

Panner ruled the U.S. Forest Service had corrected violations of environmental laws it had made during an analysis of the expansion proposal. The violations had been identified by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco during a lengthy court battle launched by environmental groups to stop the expansion.