Forest Service approves Peak 9 improvements |

Forest Service approves Peak 9 improvements


Proposed Peak 9 improvements include:

– Upgrade, realignment and extension of A Lift

– An upgrade and extension of Chair 4

– A new, open-air gondola (cabriolet)

– A new, 10,000-square-foot skier services facility

– Removal of two surface lifts at Beaver Run

– Widening and recontouring of the Lower Silverthorne trail

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 9 may soon see some improved lifts and facilities with White River National Forest Supervisor Martha Ketelle’s decision to allow the upgrades.

“This decision is site-specific,” Ketelle explained. “It does not include expansion of the Forest Service permit boundary. We have also identified various management requirements, mitigation measures and design criteria in the decision that will be used to lessen any impacts on the environment.”

In the Forest Service’s Environmental Assessment of the project, which was released in March, the only part of the multi-faceted proposal the federal agency took exception to was a request by resort officials to add snowmaking on the Eldorado run.

Forest Service officials don’t believe the improvements will affect wildlife in the area, as all the proposed changes will take place in areas already crisscrossed by trails and lifts.

As for Breckenridge town officials, they favor the plan in general, although they said in January that if the Forest Service approved the project, they will want resort officials to ensure the skier services building is not visible from town.

Detailed records of the environmental analysis done on the proposal are available at the Dillon Ranger District offices, 680 Blue River Parkway, in Silverthorne.

Ketelle’s decision is subject to appeal, but a written Notice of Appeal must be submitted by July 5 to the appeals officer at the Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Region headquarters in denver.

For more information, or to obtain a copy of the decision, contact the Dillon Ranger District at (970) 468-5400.

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