Beaver Creek proposes two new runs for skiing |

Beaver Creek proposes two new runs for skiing

Cliff Thompson
Map courtesy U.S. Forest Service The new trails proposed by Beaver Creek run parallel to the Rose Bowl in the Stone Creek drainage, an area locals have nicknamed Pauli's Plunge.

BEAVER CREEK – Vail Resorts wants to cut two new ski trails in the Stone Creek drainage on the east side of Beaver Creek Mountain.In a preliminary document outlining the planned trails, the runs woul help ski patrollers control backcountry access into the avalanche-prone drainage that empties out through into Eagle-Vail via a run locals call “Pauli’s Plunge.” Members of the public also will be allowed to use the new trails.

What’s being labeled the Stone Creek Entrance Trail will run 100 feet away from and parallel to the existing Red Buffalo and Rip Saw ski runs. Trail builders propose removing both live and dead timber at the top of the Stone Creek chutes, but no earth work is proposed for the 4,000 foot-long, 15 foot-wide trail.The second trail, the Stone Creek Egress Trail, would require some earth work over its 3,600 foot length which crosses a steep side hill. The ski company wants the trail to make it easier to take injured people from the area.

Because the ski company operates this portion of Beaver Creek under a U.S. Forest Service special use permit, public review and comment and an environmental assessment is required.If you have questions, submit them in writing to: Holy Cross Ranger District, White River National Forest, P.O. Box 190, Minturn, CO, 81645 or fax them to 970-827-9343.

Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or, Colorado

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