Beaver Creek property owners upset about on-mountain summer activities
Ryan Summerlin October 23, 2013
BEAVER CREEK — The Beaver Creek Property Owners Association on Tuesday released a statement saying the group will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday to announce a lawsuit against Vail Resorts.
The suit will aim to stop Vail Resorts’ already-begun construction of summer amenities on private land on Beaver Creek Mountain. Construction plans include an alpine coaster — which the company calls a “Forest Flyer” — as well as a ropes course and summer tubing hill. The activities will be run from the top of the Buckaroo Express Gondola, which serves the resort’s children’s ski school in the winter.
The property owners’ group, which says it has more than 700 member households, has objected to the plan, calling it an “amusement park.”
The statement further claims the project would “permanently scar the face of the mountain and alter the character and beauty of this valley.”
Vail Resorts has proposed a similar, but more ambitious program for Vail Mountain, called “Epic Discovery.” That project requires approval from the U.S. Forest Service. Beaver Creek sits on property in unincorporated Eagle County, but county officials several years ago ruled that the recreational activities were a “use by right on the land,” meaning the resort company needed only to get building permits for the project.