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Vail, Beaver Creek close some terrain

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Vail Mountain announced Wednesday that some of its south-facing terrain has closed and is not expected to reopen, while Beaver Creek announced that it has closed its double black diamond terrain, Stone Creek Chutes and Royal Elk Glade.

The sunny skies and warmer temperatures that have made for some comfortable spring skiing conditions have also caused snow to melt.

Vail Mountain spokeswoman Liz Biebl said the resort “will be managing terrain and lifts as conditions require.”

“We have already been closing and opening terrain and lifts based on conditions,” she said via email Wednesday. “As of today, Pete’s Express Lift (No. 38) and the Mongolia Lift (No. 22) are the only lifts currently closed and we’ll continue monitoring terrain in those areas.”

Biebl said the resort will remain open through its scheduled closing date of April 15.

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“With the exception of the most south-facing areas and a few connections here and there, we have plenty of snow.”

Beaver Creek Resort spokeswoman Jen Brown said the double black diamond runs at Beaver Creek, Stone Creek Chutes and Royal Elk Glade require a lot of natural snow and are now closed.

“Some ski ways that are lower in elevation also are closed,” Brown said.

Beaver Creek announced in November that it would extend its closing day by one week, to April 15, and that is still on schedule, Brown said.

“The majority of Beaver Creek’s terrain faces north and the mountain is in excellent condition,” Brown said. “We continue to maintain our terrain at the highest level possible for our guests and the hard work performed by our snowmakers this winter has been instrumental in providing a good snow surface.”

Biebl said a Vail Mountain video shot late last week shows guests enjoying the sun and warm spring weather. Testimonials on Vail Mountain’s Facebook page also confirm the good times people are having, she said.

“We will not make more snow – temperatures at this point in the year don’t get cold enough at night for a long enough period of time to accommodate snowmaking,” Biebl said.

Assistant Managing Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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