Breckenridge Peak 6 expansion

*Latest – Aug. 21: Forest Service OKs Breckenridge Peak 6 expansion

* Community concerns persist after USFS approves Peak 6 expansion

Peak 6 expansion
Map of proposed Alternative 2 for Peak 6 expansion at Breckenridge Ski Area
Map of proposed Alternative 3 for Peak 6 expansion at Breckenridge Ski Area

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Forest Service Breckenridge Peak 6 Project Page

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

Posted on August 22, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Breckenridge: Peak 6 comment period winding down

Posted on August 22, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Breckenridge: Town council looks for Peak 6 consensus

Posted on August 9, 2011 by Jenney Coberly

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  […]

Letter: Breckenridge is big enough; say no to Peak 6

Posted on August 5, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
By Cassidy Brush

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 […]

Breckenridge Town Council weighs Peak 6 pros and cons

Posted on July 26, 2011 by Jenney Coberly

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 […]

Breckenridge town council to take a hard look at Peak 6 plan

Posted on July 25, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Opinion: Some funky moves in the Peak 6 poker game

Posted on July 22, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

“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 […]

Breckenridge: More time to comment on Peak 6 plan

Posted on July 15, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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, […]

Breckenridge, Vail Resorts clash over Peak 6 expansion plan

Posted on July 14, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Breckenridge: Spots still open for Peak 6 site visit

Posted on July 9, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Does Breckenridge ski area need more terrain?

Posted on July 2, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Breckenridge: Tough questions on the Peak 6 plan

Posted on June 23, 2011 by Jenney Coberly

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: More info on the proposed Peak 6 expansion

Posted on June 21, 2011 by Jenney Coberly

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.  […]

Breckenridge Peak 6: ‘Still in the planning process’

Posted on June 14, 2011 by Jenney Coberly

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 […]

Breckenridge: Draft EIS for Peak 6 expansion released

Posted on June 10, 2011 by Jenney Coberly

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 […]

Breckenridge Ski Area details Peak 6 expansion plan

Posted on June 2, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

Proposed Peak 6 expansion detailed on Twitter

Follow @breckenridgemtn@breckenridgemtnBreckenridge Resort Photo: the @breckenridhemtn Peak 6 open house is underway at Great Divide Lodge June 1, 2011 3:06 pm via TwitpicReplyRetweetFavorite

Breckenridge: Open house on Peak 6 expansion proposal

Posted on May 26, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Breckenridge: second time’s a charm for Peak 6 field trip

Posted on April 22, 2011 by Jenney Coberly

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. […]

Breckenridge Peak 6 site visit rescheduled for April 22

Posted on April 13, 2011 by Jenney Coberly

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 […]

Breckenridge: Forest Service cancels Peak 6 site visit

Posted on April 7, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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. […]

Breckenridge: Site visit planned for Peak 6 expansion area

Posted on March 14, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Breckenridge: Some Peak 6 history

Posted on February 22, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Breckenridge buys land near ski resort’s Peak 7 base

Posted on February 8, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Breckenridge Town Council gets Peak 6 update

Posted on January 26, 2011 by Jenney Coberly

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.

Commentary: More questions than answers on Peak 6

Posted on January 25, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Wildlife agencies still mum on Peak 6 lynx impacts

Posted on January 24, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Breckenridge: Town council update on Peak 6

Posted on January 24, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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. […]

Breckenridge: Peak 6 expansion battle goes Facebook

Posted on January 20, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Breckenridge council approves Peak 6 deal

Posted on December 15, 2010 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Memo and Text of Breckenridge Peak 6 expansion MOU

Posted on December 14, 2010 by Bob Berwyn

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.

Breckenridge: Peak 6 stakeholders strive for consensus

Posted on October 6, 2010 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Breckenridge: Peak 6 plan pushed back to January

Posted on October 5, 2010 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Forest Service releases Peak 6 update

Posted on June 28, 2010 by Bob Berwyn

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 […]

Breckenridge ski area expansion: Peak 6-lite?

Posted on June 21, 2010 by Bob Berwyn

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, […]


2 thoughts on “Breckenridge Peak 6 expansion

  1. I am writing to comment on the proposed Peak 6 expansion. I wish to say that I vote fo the no-action option. I feel that removing old-growth trees is a huge mistake, givent he shape of our frests in Summit COunty, having lost 90% of the pine trees to pine beetle epidemic. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW corporate Vail to RUIN the mountainside any further with expansion and development. I don’t think adding terrain that is exposed to weather will satisfy your intermediate skiers. It is UNNECESSARY. (adding terrain) On busy days, it gets crowded due to Vail’s inability to move skiers on the terrain they already have. Also, they have not finished improvements approved long ago, to upgrade existing chairs and lifts. I also feel that removing trees will endanger the lynx habitat. I don’t think the study explored the Imperial lift and its use during bad weather days. Overall, I think this is just another move by a big corporation to grow bigger and bigger is not always better. In this instance, i think it would be near disastrous and extremely short-sighted. Once the trees are gone, they are gone and we can’t get them back. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW VAIL to do this to our county.

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