Inconsistent terrain on Peaks 7 and 8 not enough to justify the Summit Lift |

Inconsistent terrain on Peaks 7 and 8 not enough to justify the Summit Lift

Ellen HollinsheadBreckenridge

I see two good reasons to support the Summit Lift up Peak 8: The first being for locals and visitors who want access to this terrain without hiking. The second reason is to alleviate crowding. Breckenridge Ski Resort is one of the most crowded resorts in Colorado.Unfortunately, although these arguments sound viable, I beg to differ for these reasons: As far as those who want access to this terrain without hiking, unfortunately the terrain and the product they’ll be accessing might not be worth the windy lift ride to it.Simply put, Imperial Bowl and Peak 7 don’t usually have enough good quality snow to accommodate the 2,500 that could access it on a single day. We all know what a wonderful experience Imperial and Peak 7 can be if you hit it at the right time – after a storm when the winds are calm.Unfortunately, that is the exception not the rule. Many who have skied that area are faced with thin snow, wind-hammered conditions and barely covered rocks. I believe Peaks 8 and 7 should be left as hiking terrain and reserved for special occasions when wind, weather and snow permit. As far as the crowds, there is little debating that Breckenridge is overcrowded and could use more terrain on weekends. The reality is the Summit Lift, by some estimations, will be open less than half of the ski season and who knows if Mother Nature will allow it to be open on the days it will be most needed. In addition, because the “‘highest lift in North America” will be such a skier attraction, the crowds will increase, and with a closed lift, we will have no place to put them. I’m not against new terrain, but I believe we should access new terrain that will be open, and accommodating to our clientele, less visible from town and easier on the tundra.The Forest Service has extended the comment period to Dec. 31. It also is holding a field review of this proposal on Dec. 30. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Breckenridge administrative office on Peak 8. Please try to make this. Send your comments by Dec. 31 to Breckenridge Ski Resort EA, Dillon Ranger District, Box 620, Silverthorne, CO 80498; fax (970) 468-7355; e-mail:

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