Vail Resorts recently announced that it will start planning and construction of 543 acres of new terrain in the Peak 6 area of Breckenridge Ski Resort. Peak 6 will include 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to terrain.
The company expects to open the new terrain for the 2013-2014 ski season, including adding a new high-speed, six-person chairlift and a new fixed-grip chairlift to access the Peak 6 area.
The U.S. Forest Service approved the project in August of this year in the form of a Record of Decision after completing a Final Environmental Impact Statement, a process which began with project scoping in 2007. The decision was appealed, but after further review the Forest Service is upholding its approval.
“We are incredibly excited to move forward with planning the construction of the Peak 6 terrain this summer and to bring to fruition a 23-percent increase in Breckenridge’s skiable acres for our guests,” said Rob Katz, chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts. “The expanded terrain will help significantly spread out the large crowds we see today and alleviate long lift lines. Further, our guests will be able to explore and enjoy an entirely new experience of high alpine bowl skiing and riding at Peak 6.”
Peak 6, located within Breckenridge Resort’s special use permit boundary, 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.