Saturday, March 30, 2013

Breckenridge proposes summer plans under federal recreation ...

Vail Resorts will mirror its Vail plans for summer recreation development at Breckenridge. On Friday the company submitted a second proposal to the Forest Service ? very similar to the plans it proposed for Vail last summer ? that would extend the Epic Discovery summer plan to Summit County?s Breckenridge ski area.

The Breckenridge proposal would add 14 miles of mountain bike trails, hiking zones, zip lines and rope courses with the same educational, interactive centers Vail Resorts plans for its Vail ski area. The plan also includes working with The Nature Conservancy to develop ?eco-discovery experiences? and Vail said it would contribute 1 percent of all summer lift ticket revenue to forest restoration.

Handout, Vail Resorts

Breckenridge hopes to develop summer activities that include trails, outdoor climbing walls, ropes courses and zip lines combined with interactive, educational programs.

The Breckenridge plan is the second resort proposal offered to the Forest Service under 2011?s federal Ski Area Recreational Opportunities Enhancement Act, which was designed to stir summer economies in resort communities.

?I authored the bipartisan Ski Area Recreational Opportunities Enhancement Act to drive job creation and tourism in Colorado?s mountain communities. I am thrilled this new law continues to benefit Colorado small businesses, resorts and towns, such as Breckenridge, which are eager to introduce Colorado?s forests to more individuals, groups and families,? said Senator Mark Udall, in a statement released by Vail Resorts on Friday. ?Colorado has the best public lands, open spaces and mountains in the world. I am glad my common-sense legislation will help our resorts continue to boost our mountain communities? economies throughout the year.?

If the Forest Service approves the Breckenridge plan, the company hopes to begin construction in 2015.


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