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Breckenridge Ski Resort improvement projects seeking public comments

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The White River National Forest is in the first phase of environmental analysis for several improvement projects at Breckenridge Ski Resort and is seeking public comments.The proposal includes the development of new terrain and associated infrastructure at Peak 6. The project encompasses 450 acres of traditional downhill and hike-to skiing accessed by a single lift. Approximately six trails, totaling 67 acres, would be constructed below timberline. An additional 285 acres includes intermediate, advanced-intermediate and expert skiing terrain that would be above timberline and lift-served. Breckenridge Ski Resort also proposes to construct a top terminal ski patrol/warming hut and a bottom terminal food and beverage facility. “Breckenridge accommodates more visitors per acre than another other surrounding ski areas. This project would allow us to better disperse skiers across the ski area,” said Dillon District Ranger, Rick Newton.An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared under National Environmental Policy Act requirements to disclose the social and environmental impacts of the proposed activities. Comments received will help the Forest Service focus the analysis on concerns the public may have about the proposal. Comments for this proposal will be accepted through Jan. 21, 2008. Comments should be sent by mail to Forest Supervisor Maribeth Gustafson, c/o Roger Poirier, Winter Sports Program Manager, P.O. Box 948, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602-0948. Comments can also be e-mailed to wrnf_scoping_comments@fs.fed.us. Please include your name, address, telephone number, organization represented, if any; the fact that you are commenting on the Breckenridge Peak 6 proposal and specific facts and supporting reasons for your concern. A public open house will be held on Jan. 9, 2008, from 4-7 p.m. in the Quandry Conference Room at Mountain Thunder Lodge, 50 Mountain Thunder Drive in Breckenridge. Officials from both Breckenridge Ski Resort and the White River National Forest will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional information on this proposal.For more information, contact Joe Foreman, Winter Sports Administrator, at (970) 262-3443 or e-mail at jgforeman@fs.fed.us.


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