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Breckenridge firefighter honored by national chiefs group

Red, White & Blue Captain Ryan Roberts honored at national fire chiefs conference.

Local fire officer honored for dedication and committment

By Summit Voice

BRECKENRIDGE — Red, White & Blue Fire District Captain Ryan Roberts was recognized last week for achieving “Fire Officer” designation at the International Association of Fire Chiefs conference in Atlanta.

In a room packed with about  350 fire chiefs from around the world, Captain Roberts and four other officers from Colorado were praised by the Center for Public Safety Excellence for their dedication to their profession and the people they serve. CPSE is a non-profit organization that helps local public safety agencies around the world streamline and improve the services they provide their communities. Continue reading

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Breckenridge: Citizen sprint racing comes to town

Aug. 27 races include an ‘Open Cruiser’ category

The streets of Breckenridge, Colorado will be cycling central this weekend.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Cycling enthusiasts visiting the high country for the final stages of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge can test their own mettle in a series of free citizen sprint races on Main Street, Breckenridge while waiting for the world’s top cyclists to roll into town after dueling over Rabbit Ears Pass on their way from Steamboat Springs.

The races will even include a Cruiser Open category, enabling racers to compete both in their own age group and in the open event. Racers must sign a waiver and wear a helmet. Continue reading

Breckenridge Town Council may ask the U.S. Forest Service to delay Peak 6 approval pending completion of a lynx study

A map showing one of the alternatives for the proposed Peak 6 expansion at Breckenridge Ski Area. Click for a full-size version.

Town council and Summit County Commissioners will finalize formal comments on controversial ski area expansion proposal

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — 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 agency to set a cap on daily skier visits and delay approval of the Peak 6 plan until a ski area lynx study at Silverton Mountain has been completed.

The draft letter is up for discussion at the Aug. 23 town council meeting beginning at about 3:45 p.m. The draft letter also questions whether the Forest Service preferred alternative includes enough legitimate intermediate terrain to accommodate the stated purpose of the expansion, which is to disperse skiers and alleviate crowding on existing terrain.

The council’s position probably won’t satisfy some critics of the Peak 6 proposal, who had hoped that the council would wholly endorse a no-action alternative, included by the Forest Service as a baseline against which to measure the impacts of the other two action alternatives.

As discussed at a council work session two weeks ago, the letter also asks the Forest Service and the ski area to define a daily on-mountain capacity as a target for the ski area not to exceed, and leaves it up to the agency and the resort to figure out how to stay under that cap. Continue reading

Breckenridge: Peak 6 comment period winding down

A flow chart shows the timeline of the Peak 6 decision-making process. Click on the image to see a full-size version.

Long-term ski area growth questions linger

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — 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 proposed publicly in 2008.

The public debate about the expansion shows how ski communities in general are divided on ski area growth. There is strong support for the expansion plan from part of the town’s business community, including the Breckenridge Restaurant Association and some other ski-related businesses. Other residents feel strongly that the resort is big enough and that additional growth will undermine quality of life in the community.

Resort leaders say the plan to add new terrain served by a six-seat chair will help disperse skiers and riders across Colorado’s busiest ski area, easing congestion on existing lifts and trails. Critics of the plan say it will attract more visitors, ultimately resulting in even more crowding, both on the mountain and in the town.

There’s still time to get informed about the proposal by visiting the official Peak 6 website, which offers great access to information about the project and links for submitting comments. You can also read background stories on Peak 6 and listen to several town council discussions about the project by visiting the Summit Voice Peak 6 page. Continue reading

Breckenridge smart phone app offers timely tourism info

The new GoBreck mobile app even works on an older model Blackberry.

With opt-in, GPS technology will enable site specific messages 

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A new mobile app launched by the Breckenridge Resort Chamber will help keep guests and locals up to date on the Aug. 27 USA Pro Cycling Challenge and much more by using GPS technology to deliver location-specific information.

Some of the app’s functionality will be launched during the Breckenridge stage of the upcoming bike race to give timely information about road closures, and when to expect the peleton’s arrival, as well as info about post-race concerts and other activities.

The first phase offers a listing of current events. Download the app by texting BRECK to 25827 or visiting www.GoBreck.mobi.

Additional phases will feature up-to-the-minute Breckenridge news and information, including maps and tourism resources, event calendars shopping, activity and restaurant details, road and weather reports and special offers. The custom application is expected to enhance the guest experience by providing an additional source of local information and reaching audiences that may not be receiving real-time updates via the current channels. Continue reading

Breckenridge: Big Head Todd performs at the Riverwalk Center to help celebrate the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Big Head Todd and the Monsters will play a free Aug. 27 show at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center as part of the festivities surrounding the USA Pro Cyclinig Challenge.

Big bike day includes citizen sprint races, cruiser ride, race expo; bonus concert features local bluegrass-fusion favorites, The Pine Beatles

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Breckenridge will celebrate the arrival of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge with a free Big Head Todd and The Monsters  show at the Riverwalk Center after the cyclists spring down Main Street for the finish of Stage 5 — the next-to-last stage of a seven-day race featuring the best cyclists in the world.

Several local pubs will also be hosting special viewing parties featuring drink specials and live race coverage. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance will host a VIP viewing party on the lawn of the Barney Ford House Museum; tickets start at $40 and can be purchased by calling 970-453-9767, ext. 2.

Visit BreckProCycling.com for event and transportation details. Continue reading

Breckenridge: Town council looks for Peak 6 consensus

Breckenridge Town Council members are formulating comments on the draft study for a proposed expansion on to Peak 6.

Elected representatives about to comment on draft ski area expansion plan in the name of the town and its citizens

By Bob Berwyn & Jenney Coberly

BRECKENRIDGE — Some town council members said they want Breckenridge Ski Resort to consider blackout dates, upgrades to existing lifts and an overall cap on skiers to address the issue of skier congestion that has taken center stage during the recent discussions about a controversial plan to add lift-served skiing in Peak 6.

Those ideas, and more, surfaced Aug. 9 during a council work session aimed at writing a set of formal comments to the Forest Service. The agency is currently taking comments on a draft environmental study on the proposal. Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams has picked a preferred alternative that would add about 550 acres of new terrain and a six-seat lift on Peak 6. Detailed project and comment information is online at http://breckenridgepeak6.com/

Most council members were quite outspoken about what they want to tell the agency, while a few demurred on making direct comments, citing concerns about a divided town and divided town council.

In absentia, Mayor John Warner said the resort should create a five to seven-year plan for upgrading existing lifts, and work to mitigate impacts to backcountry skiers by adding a new backcountry access point and new trailhead.

Council member Jen McAtamney said the Forest Service should wait to amend forest plan wildlife conservation standards until there is more information on lynx movement in the Tenmile Range.

Council member Jeffrey Bergeron said the draft study doesn’t pass the sniff test, and that he, for one, is not ready to make Peak 6 a sacrificial lamb to the altar of ski area expansion. Listen to the entire discussion in the following audio clip and read more Summit Voice stories on Peak 6 here for background.

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