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SAM Magazine—Breckenridge, Colo., Aug. 22, 2012—Breckenridge received approval to add 550 acres of skiing and riding on Peak 6, thanks to a Record of Decision from the Forest Service which was made public yesterday. The terrain includes approximately 140 hike-to acres. White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams’ decision gives the go-ahead for two new chairlifts, including a six-pack; a ski patrol hut and restroom facility.

Breckenridge typically sees about 1.6 million visits. The comfortable carrying capacity for the 2,358-acre resort was about 14,900 skiers and riders before the expansion. Breck exceeded that level about 40 days a season. With the expansion, capacity will exceed 16,000.

The Record of Decision is now open to administrative appeals for the next 45 days, after which the Forest Service will resolve any issues within 30 to 60 days. However, it’s likely the expansion won’t become reality until either the 2013-14 or 2014-15 season.