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Aug 28, 2011 4:06 PM by Matt Stafford

Comment period on Breckenridge expansion closing

DENVER (AP) - Breckenridge Ski Resort is waiting for a U.S. Forest Service decision on whether its proposed expansion onto Peak 6 can proceed.

The public was submitting comments to the Forest Service on the proposal before the comment period expired Friday.

The resort wants to add about 550 acres of skiing, a lift and warming hut on Peak 6 within its existing Forest Service permit.

Environmentalists contend cutting down trees for ski runs could hurt habitat for lynx and other animals. The Forest Service says allowing skiing on another peak would help the resort better accommodate the number of visitors it gets.

The Summit Daily News reports the town of Breckenridge has suggested capping daily skier visits, but resort officials aren't interested.

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