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Beaver Creek opens Wednesday

Chris Outcaltcoutcalt@vaildaily.comBeaver Creek, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyBeaver Creek park crew members Jeff Maus, left, and Paul Hollander test out some of the features in the Lumber Yard terrain park Monday in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
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BEAVER CREEK, Colorado Beaver Creek is set to open Wednesday, and for the first time so is one of the Colorado resort’s terrain parks.The Lumberyard, located near the top of the Centennial Lift, has 14 different features ranging from a tire stall to a variety of rails and boxes ready for opening day. Kevin Rowe, Beaver Creeks terrain park manager, has worked at the mountain for 10 years and has been pushing for an opening day terrain park for a while. Im so stoked, said Rowe, Ive been trying to get something going right away. One of the new features in the park is a is a long log at the top of a bank of snow Rowe calls it a hitching post.

Beaver Creek will open a beginner and intermediate run for its 28th season Wednesday.Skiers and snowboarders can take the Centennial Express lift to the intermediate Latigo run and the Buckaroo Express Gondola to the beginner trail Haymeadow. Mountain operations crews have been working around the clock preparing the slopes for our 28th season, said John Garnsey, chief operating officer for Beaver Creek. Were excited to get the season underway and well have a great man-made snow surface for our guests over the Thanksgiving holiday.The Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard School will also open Wednesday. Along with it, the mountain is opening The Ranch a brand new 4,000 square-foot kids ski school. Opening day lift tickets are $65 for adults, $55 for seniors and $45 for children 12 and under. Free parking and shuttle service to the mountain is available along Highway 6 in Avon. Paid parking in Beaver Creek Village starts Wednesday.

The terrain park crew put the finishing touches on the last part of the Lumberyard Monday afternoon. Bring on the crowds, said crew member Wayne Bolte, who tested the features of the park to make sure everything was ready to go. Last year, Beaver Creek opened a terrain park on the third day of the season. The Lumberyard new last year was meant to be a temporary park, but it was so popular the mountain decided to turn it into a permanent fixture. It was such a hit, Rowe said. It was always packed. Rowes watched interest in the park grow over the past five years, particularly with the amount of new freeskiers, he said. Freeskiing is huge weve got a group that just rides skis, Rowed said. We used to call it the snowboard park.When the mountain opens all its parks and half-pipe, skiers and riders will be able to cruise top-to-bottom freestyle terrain.A lot of mountains dont have that its all about flow, Rowe said. I think were just starting to turn heads. The Lumberyard is a good learning area, Rowe said. Rodeo which wont open until later in the season is the mountains pro-size park. Chris Outcalt can be reached at 748-2931 or coutcalt@vaildaily.com.




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