Pat Campbell: Thanks for all the input on Peak 6
On August 26, the comment period for the Peak 6 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) ended, and currently the U.S. Forest Service is examining all the letters it received as it prepares to take the draft to a final EIS and Record of Decision for the project.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reflecting about what has transpired over the past couple of years relative to our proposed mountain improvements at Peak 6. I realize I owe our elected officials, employees and the entire community a huge thank-you.
Whether you lent time, talent, raised questions or rendered an opinion, the engagement and participation of the public in the comment period was tremendously valuable for the process, the community and all stakeholders in the project.
Many of you participated in the Forest Service open houses or the special Breckenridge Town Council meetings to ask questions or learn more about the project and information presented in the environmental analysis. It was obvious that people cared enough to take the time to review the analysis and bring forward comments and questions about Peak 6. I truly appreciate the level and quality of participation by the Breckenridge community. Many different viewpoints were shared, some dramatically different, but at all times the dialogue was civil and respectful, the suggested changes and critical feedback were sincerely welcomed, and we are very confident the multi-year process we just completed will benefit the project, the resort and the whole community. I also appreciate all of the effort by the Forest Service and look forward to the findings and conclusions that will be put forth in the final EIS.
We believe our proposal for Peak 6 is exactly the right thing for our community. We believe it will dramatically enhance the guest experience and reinforce how Breckenridge Ski Resort is not letting up in our quest for continuous improvement. We know our town is looking to ensure we make a connection with the next generation of Breckenridge skiers and riders, which was exemplified by the recent passage of the lodging tax that helped boost the community’s marketing and communication efforts.
We are currently gearing up for the 2011-2012 winter season that will celebrate Breckenridge Ski Resort’s 50th anniversary. For 50 years, Breckenridge Ski Resort has delivered an increasingly exceptional guest experience noted by the fact that we perennially have been in the Top 10 skier rankings along with being one of the most visited resorts in North America. You have, in Vail Resorts, a ski company that continues to invest considerably in its mountains and communities and has allowed us to stay very competitive in a down economy. I am extremely proud to work alongside a team of professionals who operate the mountain on a daily basis very well, who take care of the present while planning for the future.
I’m looking forward to this winter season celebrating with the entire community the superior guest experiences we deliver together. Again, thank you for your engagement in the review and approval process for Peak 6, and we look forward to continued collaborative efforts to keep Breckenridge on top.
Pat Campbell is senior vice president and chief operating officer at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
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