BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service is recommending that the Breckenridge Ski Resort be allowed to develop about 550 acres of skiing on Peak 6 within the existing permit, despite opposition from environmentalists.

Under the plan, two facilities would be constructed to accommodate guests, including a top terminal ski patrol warming hut and a 150-seat guest services facility at the lift mid-station.

Environmental groups have opposed plans to expand the resort, saying it could hurt lynx habitat by cutting down trees for ski runs and destroying habit for other animals.

Breckenridge wants to add several hundred acres of new trails and ski terrain above the tree line.

The plan will be available for a 45-day comment period.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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