BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Construction has begun on what will become 543 acres of new terrain in the Peak 6 area of Breckenridge Ski Resort.

The Peak 6 project will add 400 acres of terrain served by a lift and 143 acres of hike-to terrain, plus a new high-speed, six-person chairlift and a new fixed-grip chairlift to access the area.

Vail Resorts Inc., which runs the ski area, says it expects the new terrain to be ready for next ski season.

The U.S. Forest Service approved the project, though some environmentalists worried the expansion would harm habitat for Canada lynx. To address those concerns, Vail Resorts agreed to pay $425,000 toward lynx conservation in Summit County.

Breckenridge last expanded in 2002, when it added terrain at Peak 7.

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