The U.S. Forest Service has approved Vail Resorts, Inc.'s plan for a 543-acre terrain expansion at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Peak 6 Area will include 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to terrain.
According to the resort, the purpose of the expansion is to help the flow of traffic and stop over-crowding.
"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 a press release. "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, which is still subject to appeal for 45 days, came in the form of a Record of Decision by the U.S. Forest Service after completing a Final Environmental Impact Statement, a process which began with project scoping in 2007.
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.
The expansion, as specified by Vail Resorts, should be ready for the 2013-2014 ski season, but is more likely going to be accessible for the 2014-2015 season according to White River National Forest supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams.