A map depicting Breckenridge Ski Resort's proposed expansion onto neighboring Peak 6.

Appeals Filed to Challenge Breckenridge Peak 6 Expansion

Breckenridge, CO – A pair of appeals have been filed to challenge the August approval of the Peak 6 expansion project at Colorado’s Breckenridge Ski Area.

A map depicting Breckenridge Ski Resort's proposed expansion onto neighboring Peak 6.
A map depicting Breckenridge Ski Resort’s proposed expansion onto neighboring Peak 6.

The two appeals represent a total of 45 individual citizens and environmental groups opposed to the 543-acre expansion, which would add a new high-speed, six person chairlift and a new fixed-grip chairlift to another peak on the Ten Mile Range north of the existing ski area, adding an intermediate-level high alpine bowl to Breckenridge’s terrain mix. The new lifts would access 400 of the new acres, while the remaining 143 would require a hike to reach. The ski resort’s owner, Broomfield, Colo.-based Vail Resorts, hopes to open Peak 6 in time for the 2013-14 ski and snowboard season.

First proposed in 2007, resort officials contend that the Peak 6 expansion is necessary to accommodate ever-growing visitation to Breckenridge, one of the country’s most popular ski areas. White River National Forest supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams agreed in a Record of Decision dated August 15. Opponents, however, argue that the expansion will merely draw more visitors to Breckenridge, aggravating the overcrowding problem while also disturbing lynx habitat.

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The U.S. Forest Service now has until Nov. 23 to submit its final written decision. If constructed, Peak 6 will be the first ski terrain expansion on U.S. Forest Service land in Colorado since 2008 and the first at Breckenridge since the Peak 7 expansion in 2002.

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