US Forest Service OKs Breckenridge Ski Area expansion

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— The U.S. Forest Service has approved the expansion of Breckenridge Ski Area onto Peak 6.

Two new lifts serving an additional 407 acres were approved by White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams. In a record of decision released Tuesday, the so-called Alternative 2 was approved after completion of an Environmental Impact Statement.

The selected alternative includes the following projects: approximately 550 additional acres of skiable terrain (407 acres lift-served, 143 acres hike-to), two new lifts to access the terrain, a restroom facility and a ski patrol/warming hut.

According to a press release from the Forest Service, the main purpose of the project is to reduce skier congestion and waiting time for lifts. Other purposes include the ability to better accommodate current daily visitation levels and provide additional hike-to-access terrain to serve advanced ability levels.

“This has been a long process which included an extensive amount of public engagement. I am pleased with the final product, and I am confident my decision will result in better skier experiences while providing for the protection of natural resources on the forest,” Fitzwilliams said.

Read the full story at the Summit Daily News website.

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