Let the Forest Service know Peak 6 isn't the answer.
Executive Committee Chair
Blue River Group
On June 11, 2011 , the United States Forest Service (USFS) released
their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)¹, which was prepared
to analyze and disclose the estimated environmental effects of
implementation of the Breckenridge Ski Resort (BRS) Peak 6 Project. BSR
is located on the White River National Forest in Summit County, CO.
proposed Peak 6 development encompasses approximately 550 acres of
lift-served and hike-to skiing. The terrain would be accessed by a
proposed six-person lift, and by traversing from the existing Imperial
Express to the north. In addition, two facilities would be constructed
to accommodate guests.
The purpose and statement of need given that support the Peak 6
Proposed Alternative 2 solution all boil down to a single reason: to
address over-crowding of lift lines at Breckenridge Ski Resort (BSR)².
But shrewd observers know that over-crowding here is not a function of
too few skiable acres. Rather, it is a function of two factors:
marketing and ineffective movement of skiers on existing terrain.
congestions at ski-lifts do not justify cutting down old growth trees.
BSR should first follow through on upgrading 6 chair, which was
approved six years ago. These would actually meet the purpose and need.
Support Alternative #1! Yes to Alternative 1
means yes, we will continue to have the choice of how best to use this
beautiful area for the years to come. It's called Alternative 1 because
our first choice, our first responsibility, should always be to preserve
our valued resources until there is a clear and overwhelming need to
exploit them, to cut these trees down, which simply does not exist now.
BSR should make improvements to existing lifts and add additional runs
within the existing Peak 7, 8, 9, and 10 for expansion purposes.
Take action now by sending a message to Scott Fitzwilliams, White River
National Forest Supervisor, to support the DEIS Alternative 1 "No
¹June 2011 Breckenridge Ski Resort Peak 6 Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
²With the development of the proposed Peak 6 lift and associated
terrain, the "Comfortable Carrying Capacity" at BSR would increase by
1,100 guests to 16,020 guests. A Forest Plan Amendment is proposed to
amend the 2002 Forest Plan Standard. Three alternatives are analyzed in
detail in the Draft EIS: Alternative 1 (No Action), Alternative 2 (the
Proposed Action), and Alternative 3.