Mountain Resorts

Peak 6 Environmental Impact Statement

Breckenridge Ski Resort and USFS Dillon Ranger District, White River National Forest
The top of a chairlift at Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breckenridge Ski Resort’s proposal to develop Peak 6 included approximately 550 acres of lift-served and hike-to skiing within its Forest Service-administered special use permit area. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that SE Group prepared objectively analyzed complex biological and social resource issues such as Canada lynx habitat, stream health, and traffic/parking.

Public engagement and transparency were critical in this EIS project, and SE Group facilitated public outreach and public meetings throughout. Additionally, SE Group developed an innovative project specific website to present the NEPA process to the public and provide them with the opportunity to review the document online. Essential to the management of public comments, the project specific website interacted directly with a custom Comment Management System. This allowed key stakeholders, agencies, and the public to efficiently review the Draft EIS, which generated over 900 comments.

A view of Peak 6 at Breckenridge Ski Resort

A Record of Decision, which approved the Peak 6 project, was issued by the Forest Service in August 2012. The project was completed and opened to the public for the 2013/14 winter season.

  • With close proximity to the Town of Breckenridge, the visual analysis conducted by SE Group was a critical component of the analysis for the Forest Service and the public.
  • SE Group utilized state of the art technology to complete visual simulations and perspectives from multiple locations to visually depict the built project.

Testimonials Don't just take our word for it

All of the SE Group staff are highly professional, especially dealing with controversial issues in a public setting. During public involvement processes, especially public meetings, they are very skilled in engaging the public in discussions and obtaining meaningful and helpful input.

Jan Cutts
District Ranger (retired)