‘The Beach’ to be closed at night | VailDaily.com

‘The Beach’ to be closed at night

Daily Staff Writer

The party at “The Beach,” a long-time, late-night hot spot at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, will end promptly each evening at 6 p.m. starting today.

With support from the U.S. Forest Service, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Department of Transportation, ski area officials decided to close the Early Riser parking lot, better known as “The Beach,” to overnight parking and camping.

Ski area officials acknowledged the closure will not sit well with everyone, but said they have grown increasingly concerned about partying and associated behavior, including public defecation and littering, as well as snow-removal difficulties and avalanche danger.

Because the parking lot is located directly beneath the Little Professor avalanche path, officials clear the lot prior to doing control work. At times, up to 50 vehicles have to be removed to begin avalanche work, leading to delayed control work and increased closure time for Highway 6.

Starting today, vehicles left in the lot at night will be towed at owners’ expense, ski area officials said.

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