Beaver Creek had busy days this season |

Beaver Creek had busy days this season

VAIL, Colorado ” Big snows seemed to mean big crowds this year at Beaver Creek.

The resort, which got the most snow in its history over the winter, exceeded its Forest Service skier-number cap eight times this year.

The Forest Service, which owns the land on which the ski resort operates, has a “manage to” guideline of 11,000 skiers on the mountain at one time.

Over the winter, skier numbers topped 11,000 on Dec. 30, Dec. 31, Jan. 2, Jan. 3, Feb. 17, March 1, March 16 and March 17, said Don Dressler of the Forest Service.

Last year, Beaver Creek exceeded the “manage to” number three times. When the resort exceeds its “manage to” number, it must tell the Forest Service.

The agency then looks at whether the resort could handle those crowds. Dressler said Beaver Creek seemed to handle them well, and the Forest Service will consider raising the resort’s “manage to” number.

Over the winter, the number of skiers at Vail never topped that resort’s cap, which is 19,900 skiers at one time.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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