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Peak 6 in Breckenridge CO's Ten Mile Range

Breckenridge Ski Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado has permission from the Forest Service to expand north to Peak 6 and Peak 5. A lesser known fact about most ski resorts is that resorts do not own the land beneath their lifts and ski runs.  Breckenridge is primarily national forest leased by Vail Resorts, Inc from the government.  The Forest Service is responsible for policing the actions of the Breckenridge ski area.  Protecting the environment is the top priority. Removing timber, increasing human access through lifts and creating artificial snow all have effects on the local hydrosphere, biosphere and land erosion.

In 2008 and 2009 ski lodge development is centered on the Peak 7 and Peak 8 base areas, which are about a quarter of a mile apart.  The addition of the gondola to move skiers and snowboarders from the free and paid parking from town to Shock Hill, Peak 7 Base and Peak 8 lodge was Phase 1.  Phase 2 is creating a new lodge, hotel and shopping at Peak 8.  Phase 3 is is adding a day lodge with restaurants for skiers at Peak 7.  Once development is completed on Peaks 7 and 8, new lift access skiing will be added to Peak 6 and eventually Peak 5.

The Ten Mile mountain range starts at Peak 1 in Frisco CO at I-70 and ends just south of the town of Breckenridge at Peak 10, which hosts the Falcon Superchair and some of the steepest skiing in Breck.  The Ten Mile Range peaks are named incrementally as you mountain bike south down Highway 9 towards Breckenridge Ski Resort.  Peak 6 is a few miles north of the town of Breckenridge.

Currently backcountry skiers and snowboarders are able to hike and ski Peak 6 and do ski it regularly.  There are always a few perfect powder turns on Peak 6 visible from the Independence chairlift on Peak 7. If you choose to hike Peak 6 or Peak 5 then you need to be very careful and aware of the avalanche danger in the upper bowls.  Consult the Colorado Avalanche Information Center before doing any backcountry skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or snowmobiling.  You can visit the Colorado Avalanche report website here: http://avalanche.state.co.us/

Nordic skiing, also called Cross-Country Skiing, is always available on Peak 6.  There is a Nordic center in Frisco at Peninsula Park and also at the base of Peak 7.  A maintained winter Nordic skiing trail system is available throughout Summit County.

 

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