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Preparing A World Class Mountain

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Countless hours of hard work go in each year to prepare the mountain for opening day, and more importantly, to meet YOUR expectations; whether coming with the family, returning with friends or coming up locally for the day.  We strive to out-do ourselves each year and elevate the experience on the mountain and in the village, and this year is no exception. 

Everyone comes together to ensure when opening day is here, when our lifts are spinning and the first chair is loaded; that we can provide a World Class mountain with the highest attention to detail from Rose Bowl to Arrowhead.

Below is a look at the preparations we all make to ensure Beaver Creek in a class of its own and to offer you a World Class experience each season:



  

Liftline  Centennial Express Combination Lift - Lift Line 
Building a first of its kind lift that acts as the main artery for the mountain is no easy task. After months of building and prepping, the lift operations team welcomed a special delivery - the lift line.  This 75 ton spool which is 3 miles long uncoiled was shipped by container ship from Europe into Houston, and loaded onto a trailer to Colorado Spring before making its final journey to the base village for install.
 
Snowmaking  Snowmaking Upgrades - Gold Dust Trail & Larkspur Bowl
Thanks to capital approval, the snowmaking team has been trenching along Gold Dust and parts of Larkspur Bowl to install 34 fully automated fan guns that will provide trail refresh options throughout the season. By refreshing the snow surface several nights a week in the heart of the season, guests are guaranteed that regardless of Mother Nature’s efforts, there will always be one trail with fresh snow.
 
Lift Towers  Centennial Express Combination Lift - Lift Towers (Click Here to Watch Video)
Just a day after we ended the 2013/2014 season, the lift operations team began demo on the existing Centennial Express terminals and dismantled existing lift towers to make way for a new state of the art, high-speed combination lift from Doppelmayr. The new lift will increase uphill capacity by 35 percent through the use of alternating ten-person gondola cabins and six-person chairs.
 
Safety  2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships - Racer Safety (Click Here to Watch Video)
Now just a year away from one of the largest alpine ski events, race crews and mountain operations continue to prepare the race venue with the recent installation of safety netting, fiber optics for event coverage, and continued work in the finish area to enhance the experience for racers and guests alike.
Training  Ski Patrol Training
The entire Ski Patrol team is back and ready for the new season; not wasting any time to ensure the mountain is prepped for another safe and fun winter. This past week new team-members went through orientation, and the entire crew brushed up on CPR, First Aid, lift & gondola evacuation, and will soon be getting trails ready.
BOP  World Cup Course Preparation 
With the Mens Audi Birds of Prey and Womens Nature Valley World Cup coming this season, the course is coming together through the support of winch-cats, the race department, and a dedicated snow making team - all to prepare the World Class course so top athletes can go head-to-head this winter. 
Fleet  Snowcat Fleet Maintenance (Click Here to Watch Video)
Believe it or not, all summer long the maintenance team has been servicing winter equipment in preparation for the upcoming season, and to ensure all things run smoothely when the snow begins to fall. With hundreds of snowmobiles, thirty-nine snowcats, eight winchcats and plenty of other machinery that needs attention - without their support Beaver Creek would be challenged to deliver the World Class Experience we promise. 
FanGuns  Fan Gun Training
With our first big fall storm this weekend, and temperatures nearing snowmaking conditions, the new team got practical training on the powerful fan guns. Before you know it, the crew will be staging these throughout the mountain and blowing snow in preparation for opening day! 
Park  Constructing Terrain Park Features (Click Here to Watch Video)
Every season the terrain park crew attempts to "out-do" themselves from the season before, and this year is no exception. All features are designed and built in house, where new concepts and recycled materials are brought to life (old lift towers). All this effort, creativity and craftsmanship is done to ensure that we can offer a one-of-a-kind freestyle experience.

A World Cup mountain, home to the Ivy League of Ski & Snowboard Schools, also deserves World Class terrain parks. 
SnowMaking  Snowmaking Team Ready for Action
This week we welcome a new crew of dedicated snowmakers to help run one of the most advanced snow systems in the world! Together this entire team work non-stop from now until closing day; working two 12hr shifts to produce the best conditions possible. If you wonder what that means, try managing 16 compressors, 32 water pumps and over 1,300 snow making hydrants across the mountain. 
Course  2015 World Championships Support - Trail Preparations (Click Here to Watch Video)
With the largest alpine ski event coming in 2015, only shadowed by the Winter Olympics, our mountain operations and race crew have been working hard to prepare the Womens Downhill course and other infrastructure needs.
Timing  Racing Finish Area Development
To provide the best viewing experience for our guests and a larger finish area for racers competing in the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championship, our crews have gone to great lengths to enhance the area beside Red Tail Camp. As part of the development plan, the Timing Building was carefully lifted by airbags, placed on a custom flatbed, and moved to a new area beside Chair # 9 with the help of some heavy machinery.  
SnowMaking  Snow Making Pipe Install
Our mountain ops team was hard at work recently installing pipes on Kestrel, one of the newest trails and part of the Women's 2015 Downhill course. The new addition enhances our state-of-the-art snowmaking output to 680 acres! This is just one of the ways we help provide world class conditions each season.
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