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Oct 10, 2012 7:31 PM by Alyse Rzemek

Appeals filed on Breckenridge expansion

DENVER (AP) - Two parties have filed appeals of a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to approve the Peak 6 expansion at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

The resort's Peak 6 project would add nearly 550 acres of skiable terrain, two lifts, a restroom facility and warming hut.

The Forest Service's approval of the project was subject to an appeal period, which ended Tuesday. A final decision is expected this fall.

Some opponents say cutting trees to make more ski runs could hurt Canada lynx, while some residents have objected because they feared overcrowding in town.

The Summit Daily reports the plan has the support of 45 individuals and environmental groups.

Vail Resorts Inc., which operates the resort, says it expects to have the new terrain ready for the 2013-2014 ski season.

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