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Beaver Creek opens more lifts, terrain as more winter weather looms

December 4, 2015, 9:45 am

It really doesn’t get much better than this: super-sunny weather for the Birds of Prey downhill on Friday, Dec. 4, a quick blast of snow on Saturday just in time for tons of new terrain to open at Beaver Creek (and the men’s World Cup super-G), a couple more warm, dry days, and then a major blast of winter next week.

Beaver Creek logoThe Vail Valley has already seen some of the best early-season conditions in years, with Vail opening its Back Bowls on Thursday, and now meteorologist Joel Gratz of says we’ll see a lot more snow as we head into the prime holiday season:

“After a dry day on Friday, we’ll see a bit of snow on Saturday morning in the central and northern mountains, likely adding up to 1-3 inches,” Gratz wrote on Thursday. “Then Sunday and Monday should be dry, with a chance for light snow to fall in the northern mountains on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then a stronger and colder storm should bring snow to most of the state on Thursday and Friday, with cold air and chances for snow continuing through December 15th, at least.”

Here’s a press release from Beaver Creek on all the terrain opening Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5:

Having received 78 inches of snowfall season to date, Beaver Creek Resort announced today that five additional chair lifts will open for the weekend, and more than ten additional trails.  The newly-opened trails invite guests of all ability levels to will include skiing and snowboarding for all ability levels.

“Beaver Creek has received more than six feet of snowfall so far this season, which is the most snow received this early since 1992,” said Doug Lovell, chief operating officer for Beaver Creek.  “In addition to great early-season snow storms, cold temperatures have provided ideal conditions for snowmaking.  We are thrilled to offer great snow conditions across such an extensive amount of ski terrain prior to the holidays.”

Opening Friday, Dec. 4:
Birds of Prey Express is scheduled to open Friday, Dec. 4 offering access to Red Tail, Goshawk, Lower Peregrine, Dally, Moonshine, and Bootleg trails.

Opening Saturday, Dec. 5:
Riverfront Express Gondola, Lower Beaver Creek Mountain Express, Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express, and Larkspur Express will opening – offering access to beginner through expert terrain favorites such as Shooting Star, Loco, Lupine, trails within Larkspur Bowl, and Leav the Beav.

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