|Two New Quads at Beaver Creek
|Press Release from Vail Associates:
Beaver Creek, Colo., April 29, 2004—Beaver Creek aims to enhance its village-to-
village ski and snowboard experience with the addition of two high-speed quad
chairlifts for the 2004-2005 winter season. Crews recently began preparing land for
lift installation and the creation of an alternative entry point for Beaver Creek
Mountain, known as Beaver Creek Landing. The resort expects to complete the
project in December 2004.
“We’ve envisioned a new lift system in Beaver Creek for some time. A great deal of
thought went into this plan to provide a quick and convenient alternative route for
skiers and snowboarders to the top of Beaver Creek Mountain,” said John Garnsey,
chief operating officer for Beaver Creek.
Guests will be able to reach the main mountain from Beaver Creek Village or Beaver
Creek Landing, to be located east of the resort’s Tarnes employee housing complex
on Prater Lane in Avon. The new lifts are designed for intermediate and advanced
skiers and snowboarders. Beginner skiers and those taking ski and snowboard school
lessons must access the main mountain from Beaver Creek Village.
Skiers riding the lower lift can connect with an upper lift, running from an area in
Bachelor Gulch to the top of Strawberry Park. Guests can schuss from Strawberry
Park to the Talons intermediate and advanced ski terrain via an expanded ski-way.
The existing Beano’s Trace trail will be widened and renamed Beaver Creek Mountain
Expressway, providing better skier access and direction to the main mountain. The
year-old Birds of Prey Express Lift (#9)—the first in the series of three lift installations
in two years—whisks skiers from the Talons to Beaver Creek Mountain in less than
The new lift system is expected to reduce traffic on Village Road, the main road to
Beaver Creek Village. Users can ski back to Beaver Creek Landing via a new ski-
way. Guests can walk or take a short shuttle ride from the Landing to one of two free
parking lots in Avon, the Bear Cave lot or a new 500-space parking lot to be built
Amenities at Beaver Creek Landing will include a lift ticket office, lockers, a Beaver
Creek Sports ski and snowboard rental shop and Starbucks coffee shop.
|Above: Pictures taken of the lower Bachelor Express
construction in early August and October.
Below: The finished product in mid-December
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