Briefs: Beav’s chutes open Saturday |

Briefs: Beav’s chutes open Saturday

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK ” Stone Creek Chutes, the new expert terrain on the east side of Beaver Creek Mountain, opens for the first time Saturday.

There are about 180 acres of short, steep gladed runs in Upper Stone Creek Chutes and Lower Stone Creek Chutes. The chutes range from 400 to 600 vertical feet with pitches up to 45 degrees. Small to moderate cliff bands dot the area.

The terrain is served by the Cinch Express Lift, Chair 8), with two marked entrances leading skiers and snowboarders from the Red Buffalo run and Cinch run into Stone Creek Chutes. The area is now part of Beaver Creek Resort and is patrolled just like any other terrain within the resort boundary.

“Beaver Creek has some of state’s steepest bumps and gladed runs in the existing Talons area and now the Stone Creek Chutes area,” said John Garnsey, chief operating officer for Beaver Creek. “Opening Stone Creek is the next step in a long-term effort to raise awareness of our expert terrain.”

VAIL ” Here are holiday hours for Vail Recreation District facilities:

– Dobson Ice Arena will be open for public skating from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day and Jan. 1.

– The Nordic Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Day and Jan. 1.

– The Vail Gymnastics Center is closed for maintenance work from Saturday through Jan. 8.

– The Imagination Station will be closed Sunday ands Monday, and Jan. 1.

– The Clubhouse Restaurant and sleigh ride hours vary. Call 476-8057.

Vail Recreation District (VRD) administrative offices will be closed on Christmas Day and Jan. 1. For information on rec district activities, visit:

EAGLE COUNTY ” Residents can recycle their Christmas trees and put them to good use after the holidays.

Vail and Avon will pick up tree in front of residnts’ homes. Eagle and Gypsum will have a Twelfth Night celebration on Jan. 6 with a bonfire made of Christmas trees.

Mid-valley residents can drop off their trees at the Eagle-Vail Metro Fire Station and Edwards area residents can drop their trees off at the recycle site located at the Colorado Department of transportation.

Trees also can be brought to the landfill for free.

Residents should remove lights, ornaments, stands, nails and wire before recycling trees, which will be chipped up for mulch.

For specific information pertaining to your area visit the Eagle County Landfill Web site at or contact the various towns ” Vail: 479-2158; Red Cliff: 827-5303; Minturn: 827-5645; Avon: 748-4100; Eagle: 28-5220; Gypsum: 524-7514; and the landfill: 926-3626.

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