Peak 6 EIS draft to be released Friday |

Peak 6 EIS draft to be released Friday

Caddie Nath
Summit Daily News

The long-awaited first draft of an environmental impact statement (EIS), key to the decision on Breckenridge Ski Resort’s proposed expansion to Peak 6 will be released Friday at noon, U.S. Forest Service officials announced today.

The document’s release will begin a 45-day public review and comment period. It will take another several months for the Forest Service to issue the final EIS and, ultimately, deliver a final decision on the project.

The EIS, part of a process mandated by the federal National Environmental Policy Act, is expected to investigate the expansion’s potential impacts to the endangered lynx populations in the area and the nearby Cucumber Gulch wetlands complex, an ecologically valuable watershed space and wildlife habitat along with other potential environmental issues. The draft EIS will present possible alternatives ranging from no action to full approval of the proposal.

The proposed expansion, contained within the ski area’s existing boundaries, includes a new six-person detachable lift and 450 acres of new terrain. The base of the lift would be located on Peak 7, providing access to 70 acres of cleared runs, 280 acres of lift-served terrain above tree line and another 100 acres of hike-to terrain.

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