In a decision this past November, the U.S. Forest Service gave Vail Resorts a green light for a significant expansion of Breckenridge's summer infrastructure. Similar to the projects at Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe and Vail Mountain (two other properties also owned by Vail Resorts), the Breckenridge expansion will include zip lines, canopy tours and other recreation meant to draw summer visitors to the ski town.
White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams approved the following projects, all of which are on National Forest land and fall within the boundaries of Breckenridge's special use permit.
· Sawmill and Peak 7 Zip Lines
· Sawmill and Ore Bucket Canopy Tours
· Challenge Courses at Peak 8
· New and Realigned Mountain Bike Trails and Skills Course
· Peaks Trail Connection
· Hiking Trails (excluding Lake Chutes Trail)
· Off-Highway Vehicle Tours
· Upper Four O'Clock Road Realignment
· Vista Haus Deck and Climbing Wall and Peak 7 Hut Expansion
· Educational and Interpretive Programs
· Observation Tower (Alternative 3 location)
· Existing Chairlift Operations, Scenic Chairlift Rides and Activities Access
It's estimated that the project will bring up to 150,000 additional guests to Breckenridge in the summer months.
· Forest Service OKs Breck summer expansion plan [Summit County Voice]