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Strawberry Park, Bachelor Gulch now online

Daily Staff Report

With a 25-inch settled base at mid-mountain – and more snow on the way – 54 trails and 804 acres of terrain served by seven lifts are on tap today, starting at 9 a.m.

“Our crews have been working hard to prepare additional terrain,” says Jim Roberts, vice president of resort operations. “We’re still seeing a bit of powder left over from Monday night’s storm and we’re happy to share it.”

The Strawberry Park Express Lift, Chair 12, makes its season debut today, giving skiers and riders access to the east-facing, intermediate runs Bitterroot, Overshot, upper and lower Stacker and lower Pitchfork.

Skiers and riders searching for bumps, steeps and powder need look no farther than the double-diamond Goshawk and lower Peregrine, which opened earlier this week. And the new, high-speed quad lift, the Birds of Prey Express, or Chair 9, has been running daily since the weekend.

Bachelor Gulch is also part of the mix, with intermediate runs Grubstake and Gunder’s and beginner run Sawbuck open to skiers and snowboarders riding The Bachelor Gulch Express Lift, Chair 16. The Intertwine catwalk provides access from Bachelor Gulch back to Beaver Creek.

Saturday, for beginners, the Drink of Water Lift, Chair 5, and The Highlands Lift, Chair 2, go online at 9 a.m., allowing skiers and riders to access primarily beginner terrain. And high on the mountain, Beaver Creek drops the ropes on the Zoom Room entry- to intermediate-level terrain park.

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Beaver Creek’s 2003-04 hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests are reminded that Beaver Creek Ski Patrol has a new look this year, sporting yellow jackets rather than red jackets, as seen last year.

For more information, visit http://www.beavercreek.com or call 845-9090.