WHAT’S NEW AT VAIL & BEAVER CREEK
Vail Resorts is dedicated to providing the world’s best customer experience year-after-year, resulting in constant upgrades and exciting new technologies. Here is a look at what’s new at Vail & Beaver Creek for the 2018-2019 ski season.
Vail Mountain is installing 10 new low-energy + high capacity fan guns on Born Free trail in Lionshead AND upgrading pumps mountain-wide to increase snowmaking productivity.
The Back Bowls will be even more accessible with a 30% increase in groomed terrain. Only a few more weeks until you can shred fresh corduroy on trails like The Slot, Poppyfields, Grand Review, Big Rock Park, Ricky’s Ridge, Yonder Gully and more!
COLORADO SKI & SNOWBOARD MUSEUM RE-OPENS
Located in Vail Village, the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum is back open after a year-long, $2.6M renovation. Make sure to check out the new interactive exhibits that delve deep into Colorado’s snowsports history. It is also a great place to stock up on unique gifts for all ages.
HAYMEADOW PARK LEARNING AREA
Beaver Creek is focusing efforts on learning terrain with its reimagined Haymeadow Park Learning Area. Following the debut of the upgraded Red Buffalo Park beginner terrain in 2017-18, Haymeadow Park will feature a beginner gondola and lift, Haymeadow Express Gondola and Highlands Lift, in addition to magic carpets designed for beginner skiers and snowboarders — of all ages. Terrain improvements include a learning area with small terrain features, a beginner racecourse, Buffalo Bumps and Berms and Ske-Cology environmental learning. Haymeadow Park also features a new Ice Cream Parlour located at The Ranch, offering soup, sandwiches and more for kids enrolled in ski school.
WILLY THE MOUNTAIN SAFETY DOG
He can't carry your skis or give you directions, but Beaver Creek's newest ambassador will be accompanying the mountain safety team to spread the word about safety on the hill. Beaver Creek's first-ever mountain safety dog Willy is not a certified avalanche rescue dog, but his handler Mark Carll has plenty of important information for guests about safe skiing and riding in the mountains. Willy is a golden retriever. Follow his travels this winter using hashtag #WillyBeSafe.
MCCOY PARK EXPANSION
Planned for 2020-21, Beaver Creek's continued focus on family-friendly zones on the mountain continue with the McCoy Park expansion. The proposal includes lift-served ski terrain at McCoy Park, located at the top of Strawberry Park Lift and currently offering Nordic and snowshoe trails. The plan would add about 250 acres to the resort's skiable terrain, developing 17 trails that would be "groomable glades." About 75 percent of the terrain would be beginner, with the remaining being intermediate. All plans are subject to U.S. Forest Service approval and a decision is expected later in 2018, with a two-year proposed build out.