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Breckenridge: Peak 6 plan pushed back to January

An early draft map of the Peak 6 proposal, as released during the scoping phase.

Studies on wildlife still ongoing; town and county officials will discuss parts of the plan at an Oct. 5work session at the county courthouse

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Release of a pending proposal for a new pod of lift-served ski terrain on Peak 6 at Breckenridge has been pushed back several months. The U.S. Forest Service is now planning to release a draft environmental study for comment in January, said Joe Foreman, a winter sports program expert with the agency.

Last June, the Forest Service published a short newsletter on the project, anticipating a September release. The newsletter outlined a couple of new options for the controversial plan, including a Peak 6-light alternative that would limit new trail development and glading on Peak 6 and concentrate on infill development within the resort’s existing footprint.

The scaled-back version includes a shorter lift than envisioned in the initial version of the plan, which includes a lift extending well above treeline, to near the summit of Peak 6.

Initial release of the plan a few years ago garnered scores of negative comments from the public. Subsequently, a stakeholder task force started meeting to address some of those concerns, including impacts to parking, education, child care and local roads and transportation.

The recommendations of the group were incorporated into a memorandum of understanding between Breckenridge, Summit County and the resort. Once finalized, the group’s report will also be included as part of the Forest Service study.

Town and county officials are set to discuss the memorandum at an Oct. 5 joint meeting at 12 p.m. at the county courthouse. Read a draft version of the Peak 6 Findings and Actions document that was developed by the task force here.

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