Aug. 22, 2012 — The U.S. Forest Service granted approval for a 543-acre terrain expansion in the Peak 6 area of Breckenridge Ski Resort, Vail Resorts announced Tuesday. Peak 6 will include 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to terrain, expanding the resort's skiable acres by 23 percent. Breck expects to open the new terrain for the 2013-2014 ski season by adding a new high-speed, six person chairlift as well as a new fixed-grip chairlift for full access of 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.”
The approval came in the form of a Record of Decision by the US Forest Service after completing a Final Environmental Impact Statement, a process which began with project scoping in 2007. 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.
“We want to thank the Forest Service for the depth of their environmental analysis that their experts conducted, as well as the entire Breckenridge community who engaged in an extensive public process, resulting in a better project,“ Pat Campbell, Senior Vice President and COO of Breckenridge Resort, said. ”The feedback that resulted from all of the participation and engagement over the past several years was extremely valuable for the process and so a huge ‘thank you’ is due to our elected officials, employees and the entire community for the level and quality of participation.”
Peak 6 Points of Interest
- The expansion represents a 23% increase in the resort's skiable acres
- The new terrain at Peak 6 is expected to be available in the 2013/2014 ski season
- The Peak 6 project began scoping in 2007
- Two chairlifts will access the new terrain; a high-speed six-pack and a fixed-grip chair