My review of this appeal was conducted in accordance with 36CFR 215.18 - formal review and disposition procedures. I havereviewed the appeal record, including your written NOA, theRecord of Decision (ROD), Final Environmental ImpactStatement (FEIS), Draft Environmental Impact Statement(DEIS) and supporting documentation. I weighed therecommendation from the Appeal Reviewing Officer andincorporated it into this decision. A copy of the Appeal
Reviewing Officer’s recommendation is enclosed. This letter
constitutes my decision on the appeal and on the specific relief requested.
ACTION BEING APPEALED
The August 15 decision allows Vail Resorts, operator of theBreckenridge Ski Area, to provide access to approximately 550additional acres by constructing two ski lifts, a ski patrol/warming hut and a restroom facility. It allowsconstruction of seven below-treeline trails, totalingapproximately 68 acres, on terrain known as Peak 6 north of theexisting special use permit area. Lift-served, above-timberlineterrain will provide approximately 339 additional acres of Intermediate, Advanced-Intermediate, and Expert skiing. Of this total, approximately 235 acres will be lift-served by the newPeak 6 lifts, and 104 new added acres will be lift-served byaccessing the existing Imperial Express SuperChair.