The U.S. Forest Service has backed Breckenridge Resort's plan to develop skiing and snowboarding on Peak 6. There has been opposition to the plan from environmental groups.
The resort plans to develop 550 acres of lift-served or hike-to skiing on the peak. The acreage is within the resort's existing permit area. A six-person lift will access the terrain.
The development also includes a 150-seat guest services facility that will be built at the mid station of the new lift, as well as a ski patrol/warming hut at the top terminal.
Scott Fitzwilliams, forest supervisor of the White River National Forest told the Denver Post he approved the proposal "because it accommodated increasing daily visitation levels and reduced congestion."
Resistance to the plan in the past has come from some environmental groups that believe the expansion would hurt lynx and other wildlife inhabitants by cutting down trees for ski runs. Fitzwilliams told the Post the Forest Service was "engaged with the Peak 6 task force to address some of these issues.