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Breckenridge Town Council may ask the U.S. Forest Service to delay Peak 6 approval pending completion of a lynx study
Town council and Summit County Commissioners will finalize formal comments on controversial ski area expansion proposal
Based on a draft comment letter to the Forest Service, the Breckenridge Town council is prepared to take a strong stance on the proposed Peak 6 expansion at Breckenridge Ski Area, asking the [...]
Long-term ski area growth questions linger
After two extensions, a public comment period on the proposal to add several hundred acres of new lift-served terrain at Breckenridge is coming to an end Aug 26, and the Peak 6 expansion is no less controversial now than when it was first [...]
Elected representatives about to comment on draft ski area expansion plan in the name of the town and its citizens
Some town council members said they want Breckenridge Ski Resort to consider blackout dates, upgrades to existing lifts and an overall cap on skiers [...]
Quality of life being compromised Dear Mr. Fitzwilliams and staff, I write in opposition to the Peak 6 expansion. As a 20 year resident and business owner, I have watched Breckenridge evolve from a charming ski town to a “ski city” stumbling to keep on its feet. The towns infrastructure can barely handle the existing [...]
Ski area expansion hearing fills town hall
The proposed Peak 6 expansion at Breckenridge Ski Area is turning into a high country version of Goldilocks, with the new lift and trails being either too big, too small or just right, depending on who you listen to. For White River National [...]
Public input wanted at July 26 work session as town formulates comments
The Breckenridge Town Council this week will consider a host of issues related to a proposed expansion on Peak 6, including impacts to forest and wildlife, plans for a proposed restaurant as part of the expansion and [...]
“You got to know when to hold ‘em …“
In the latest round of poker over a proposed ski area expansion at Breckenridge, the resort this week backed away from its clumsy bluff to withdraw from a multiparty agreement aimed at addressing some of the potential social issues associated with ski resort [...]
White River forest supervisor extends comment period by a month, says he’s open to new ideas on alternatives for Breckenridge ski area expansion proposal
Acknowledging the complex issues associated with a proposed ski area, White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams this week extended the public comment period for another month, through August 26, [...]
Resort pressures town council to support more ski area development
A carefully crafted agreement between Vail Resorts, the town of Breckenridge and Summit County may be at risk after Breckenridge ski area officials delivered an ultimatum of sorts to the Breckenridge Town Council, threatening to pull out of the deal [...]
Forest Service taking comments on Breckenridge ski area expansion through Aug. 9
It’s not too late to sign up for the July 14 site visit to the proposed Peak 6 expansion area at Breckenridge. U.S. Forest Service winter sports ranger Shelly Grail said that, after keeping an eye on the snowpack in [...]
Forest Service holds July 7 Front Range open house on proposed expansion
Front Range skiers and riders will have a chance to learn more about the proposed Peak 6 expansion at Breckenridge Ski Area next week, when the U.S. Forest Service holds an open house at the regional office [...]
Comment period extended to August 9
White River National Forest supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams fielded an hour of questions from a large audience at the June 23 open house on the Peak 6 expansion plan, as some residents questioned whether the expansion would really help [...]
Breckenridge open house set for June 23; Front Range open house coming up, as well as a Peak 6 site visit on July 14
It’s a common misconception that the trees within the proposed Breckenridge Peak 6 expansion area are lodgepole pines dying from the pine beetle epidemic. [...]
Three alternatives described in Forest Service draft EIS
The Peak 6 expansion proposal is not a done deal, Forest Service officials said this week as they briefed the Breckenridge Town Council on the latest steps in the review process. “Contrary to what was printed in the Denver Post, no decision has [...]
Public comment period runs through July 25
The Forest Service today released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Breckenridge Ski Area Peak 6 expansion. It’s available for review online at the Forest Service’s Breckenridge Ski Resort Peak 6 Project web page. Citizens are also invited to a [...]
Proposed Peak 6 expansion detailed on Twitter
Follow @breckenridgemtn@breckenridgemtnBreckenridge Resort Photo: the @breckenridhemtn Peak 6 open house is underway at Great Divide Lodge http://twitpic.com/55liuu June 1, 2011 3:06 pm via TwitpicReplyRetweetFavorite
Draft environmental study could be released in June
A controversial plan to expand lift-served skiing on to Peak 6 at Breckenridge is nearing a major milestone, as the U.S. Forest Service prepares to release a draft environmental study in June. Read past Summit Voice stories online here for more [...]
White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams: “I’m not going to sign something I’m not comfortable with.”
About 60 citizens piled into a meeting room at One Ski Hill Place at the base of Peak 8 Friday, April 22, to hear White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams speak about the proposed Peak 6 expansion at Breckenridge Ski Resort. [...]
Forest Service rangers will tour proposed expansion area with interested citizens
A site visit to Peak 6, where Breckenridge Ski Resort wants to develop new lift-served skiing on several hundred acres, has been rescheduled for April 22. Forest Service rangers will lead a public tour of the area [...]
Looming government shutdown forces agency to rethink operations
A potential government shutdown resulting from ideological budget bickering in Washington, D.C. is already having impacts locally, as U.S. Forest Service rangers said they are canceling a planned April 8 field visit to the proposed Peak 6 ski area expansion terrain. [...]
White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams and Dillon District Ranger Jan Cutts will join interested citizens for an April 8 tour of the Peak 6 area
White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams will be on hand April 8 at Breckenridge Ski Area for a site visit to proposed Peak 6 [...]
Ski area zoning was at issue in 2002 White River forest plan revision From left to right, Peaks 8, 7 and 6, in the Tenmile Range near Breckenridge, Colorado.
While Vail Resorts may claim that Peak 6 has always been allocated for lift-served skiing, the U.S. Forest Service at [...]
Parcel to be protected as open space for wildlife value.
A 17-acre parcel near the base of Breckenridge Ski Area will be protected as open space, helping protect an important wildlife corridor between the Cucumber Gulch preserve and the upland forests of the Tenmile Range. Town officials said the [...]
Resort officials say new terrain is needed to stay competitive.
Listen to an audio transcript of the Peak 6 presentation at the Jan. 25 Breckenridge Town Council work session, including a presentation by ski area chief Pat Campbell and questions from town council members.
De-constructing the jargon.
It’s sometimes tough to wade through the bureaucratic language used by government officials, and the most recent update on the Peak 6 expansion plan at Breckenridge is no exception. It’s one thing to use precise language with descriptive terms and commonly accepted definitions — that helps [...]
Release of draft environmental study will elicit formal comments and consultations among state, federal agencies; Breckenridge Town Council to get Peak 6 update this week.
Even though concerns about threatened lynx have played a large part in determining the latest version of a plan to expand lift-served skiing at Breckenridge, state and [...]
This is the text of a memo included in the Jan. 25 Breckenridge Town Council packet.
Proposed Peak 6 Expansion Project Overview Presentation to Breckenridge Town Council January 25, 2011 Work Session Breckenridge Ski Resort (BSR) has fluctuated between the most- and second-most visited resort in the U.S. [...]
Will social media play a role in the outcome of a classic ski town showdown?
Like almost everything else in the information age, a battle over a proposed ski area expansion in Breckenridge, Colorado, will be partially waged on the web. Both supporters and opponents of the plan to [...]
Agreement addresses parking, traffic and housing impacts of ski area expansion, which is still under Forest Service review.
After more than a year of work by a collaborative community task force, the Breckenridge Town Council this week unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with Breckenridge Ski Resort aimed at addressing [...]
Ski area growth impacts at issue in deal with ski area.
Editor’s note: Following are documents from the Breckenridge Town Council, including the draft language of an MOU intended to find agreement between Breckenridge, Summit County and Breckenridge Ski Resort on how to address impacts from ski area growth and expansion.
Peak 6 proposal at Breckenridge spurs continued discussions.
Some of the players have changed, but the issues remain the same for a community group charged with addressing the socio-economic impacts of a proposal to increase the capacity of [...]
Studies on wildlife still ongoing; town and county officials will discuss parts of the plan at an Oct. 5 work session at the county courthouse.
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 [...]
New options could address some resource concerns, agency say.
The U.S. Forest Service has published a newsletter updating its process of reviewing a proposed expansion of lift-served terrain on Peak 6 at Breckenridge Ski Area. Changes to the proposal include a re-alignment of the Peak 6 chair to within [...]
Forest Service says draft study on plan is due in September; agency will publish a newsletter on project in the next few weeks to update stakeholders.
A pending proposal to expand lift-served skiing at Breckenridge will include a “Peak 6-Light” option, including in-fill development within the resort’s existing footprint, [...]