Breckenridge Ski Resort Gets Approval On 543-Acre Expansion

Breckenridge Ski Resort is sending many thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, as Vail Resorts announced today that it has received approval from the Forest Service for a 543-acre terrain expansion in the Peak 6 area of Breckenridge Ski Resort. Expected to be open come the 2013-2014 ski season, Peak 6 will include 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hiking terrain. With the expansion also comes a new, high-speed, six person chairlift and a new fixed-grip chairlift to access the Peak 6 area.

"Peak 6 will be a tremendous addition to Breckenridge, significantly improving the guest experience by adding both new terrain and lift capacity," said Rob Katz, chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts. "In addition, the new terrain provides access to intermediate runs and high alpine bowl skiing that will be enjoyed by a wide variety of our guests."

After completing a Final Environmental Impact Statement, a process which began with project scoping in 2007, the U.S. Forest Service gave its approval in the form of a Record of Decision; The decision remains subject to appeal for 45 days.

Peak 6 is the first ski terrain expansion on U.S. Forest Service land in Colorado since 2008 and the first at Breckenridge since the Peak 7 expansion in 2002.