New Beaver Creek chair in works
BEAVER CREEK – A faster ride up Beaver Creek’s Rose Bowl could be slow in coming. Vail Resorts has proposed a high-speed, detachable quad chairlift for Rose Bowl at Beaver Creek Mountain.It will probably be at least a couple of years before the lift is actually replaced, said John Garnsey, chief operating officer of Beaver Creek Mountain.”It could be two to five years,” he said. “It’s just something we know we want to do.”The area is now served by a slower, fixed-grip triple lift that was built in 1980.The new lift would cut the lift ride time from 10.5 minutes to 4.9 minutes.”It’s one of the last fixed grips that serves a pretty popular area,” Garnsey said. “Just for the benefit of our guests we feel it is something that would be well received.”Some people tend to avoid Rose Bowl because of the slow lift, Garnsey said.Rose Bowl lift serves intermediate and advanced terrain, including popular black diamonds such as Ripsaw, Spider and Cataract.Geoff Moser of Eagle, who frequently snowboards at Beaver Creek, said he thinks the proposal is a good idea.The Rose Bowl lift is slow when you compare it to other lifts on the mountain, Moser said.”It’s kind of the last one standing that gets any good terrain,” he said.And with the newly opened Stone Creek Chutes attracting more and more people to the area, Beaver Creek might as well install a high-speed lift there, he said.”Just load it up, you know?” he said.Vail Resorts operates Beaver Creek Mountain on U.S. Forest Service land under a special permit.The Forest Service is seeking comment on the proposal. Send comments to: Brian Lloyd, Eagle/Holy Cross District Ranger, c/o Don Dressler, USDA Forest Service, PO Box 190, Minturn, CO 81645. Include your name and phone number.The Forest Service is expected to make a decision by July.
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