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Beaver Creek opens Grouse Mountain, Larkspur Bowl

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December 7, 2018, 3:00 pm

Beaver Creek opened Grouse Mountain and Larkspur Bowl on Thursday, expanding the resort’s skiable acreage to more than 1,000 acres just in time for weekend snow riders to enjoy a week of consistent snowfall.

Forecasters predict dry weather over the weekend and into the middle of next week when two more storms will move into the Vail Valley. Conditions were stellar at both Vail and Beaver Creek on Thursday.

“An additional 2-7 inches of snow fell on Thursday and Thursday night though the deepest amounts were not where we expected,” Opensnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote Thursday. “Looking ahead, Friday through Tuesday will be mostly (but not completely) dry, then we’ll see a weaker storm Tuesday into Wednesday, with a stronger storm Wednesday into Thursday.”

Here’s the full press release on Beaver Creek’s additional terrain:

Grouse Mountain Now Open; Beaver Creek Resort Now Boasts More Than 1,000 Skiable  

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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. – Dec. 7, 2018 – Grouse Mountain and Larkspur both open today at Beaver Creek Resort. Following 21 inches of new snow in the last week and 93 inches this season, Beaver Creek Resort is now offering 1,076 acres of top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding on beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain.

On Saturday, Dec. 8 the resort is scheduled to begin operating the Riverfront Gondola (#7), Lower Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift (#15), and Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift (#18).

Talons will open for the season today at 11 a.m. Beano’s Cabin and Zach’s Cabin will both open for the season for dinner service tonight.

Beaver Creek Resort is operating the following lifts with access to 75 trails:

  • Haymeadow Express Gondola (#1)
  • Rose Bowl Express Lift (#4)
  • Red Buffalo Express Lift (#5)
  • Centennial Express Lift (#6)
  • Cinch Express Lift (#8)
  • Birds of Prey Express Lift (#9)
  • Grouse Mountain Express Lift (#10)
  • Larkspur Express Lift (#11)
  • Strawberry Park Express Lift (#12)
  • Bachelor Gulch Express Lift (#16)

Lifts scheduled to open Saturday, Dec. 8:

  • Riverfront Gondola (#7)
  • Lower Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift (#15)
  • Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift (#18)

All guests are reminded that they must observe all posted signs, closures and slow zones, especially during the early-season. Closed trails may contain hazards due to early snow coverage. Accessing closed terrain is a violation of the Colorado Ski Safety Act and will result in the loss of skiing privileges and could involve prosecution and a fine.

McCoy Park Opens Saturday with Mountaintop Snowshoe Trails

The Nordic Center at Beaver Creek Resort is scheduled to open Saturday, Dec. 8, with approximately 40 percent of its trails groomed and open for cross country and snowshoeing, with more than 7.5 miles (12 km) of cross country trails. McCoy Park is accessible from the Strawberry Park Express Lift (#12). Cross country and snowshoe rentals, as well as foot passenger tickets, are available at the Nordic Sports Center. For more information, please contact the Nordic Sports Center at 970.754.5313.

Beaver Creek Early Season:

Experience Winter’s Extraordinary Start at Beaver Creek:

From world-class events to special offers, four extraordinary weeks of celebration await. Early season celebrations to come include Winter’s Welcome, Dec. 7-9; and the Haymeadow Park Grand Opening on Dec. 15. During Winter’s Welcome, Epic Pass holders can kick off the winter season with incredible deals and activities throughout Beaver Creek’s village, simply by flashing their pass. www.beavercreek.com/explore/winters-extraordinary-start

Last Chance: Beaver Creek Ski School Flash Your Epic Pass

Epic Pass holders can flash their Epic Pass at Beaver Creek’s Ski School for 50 percent off full-day or half-day private lessons between Nov. 26 and Dec. 9. Lessons can be booked online at beavercreek.com or by calling 970-754-5300.

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