Golden Peak opens to Ski Club Vail athletes |

Golden Peak opens to Ski Club Vail athletes

Fall Line trail now open for race training

A view from Golden Peak on Saturday, Nov. 20. The race training facility is now open to Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes.
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Ski & Snowboard Club Vail said a midweek weather window boosted snowmaking capabilities last week, allowing the club to get its training courses open to ski racers by Saturday.

The Nov. 20 opening of Golden Peak to ski racers comes eight days after Vail Mountain’s 2021-22 opening to the general public.

“Through strong joint efforts between SSCV and Vail Mountain Operations, many teams and entities have banded together to provide our athletes with access to the Fall Line trail, beginning today,” Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Chief Operating Officer Bryan Rooney said Saturday in a release.

The Fall Line trail runs parallel to Golden Peak’s T-bar line. The T-bar opened in the 2019-20 season.

“On Wednesday night, the intricate work began to build out the upper T-bar line,” Ski & Snowboard Club Vail stated in its release. “Those efforts continued through the day on Thursday and into the early hours of Friday morning. Vail Mountain Operations assessed the venue on Friday afternoon, allowing SSCV time to commence venue set-up Saturday morning.”

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Long nights

A pair of North America Cup slalom races, scheduled for today and Tuesday, was moved to Copper Mountain after being originally scheduled to take place at Golden Peak.

The club, in a release, said snowcat operators on Golden Peak were working 12-plus-hour shifts, with 24-hour coverage and some overlap, to ensure resources were best utilized.

“We are making snow at every opportunity, and as temperatures continue to drop we will be able to open more terrain for guests and athlete training,” said Brian Suhadolc, vice president of mountain operations at Vail Mountain.

Crews install fencing on Golden Peak in preparation for Saturday’s opening. The T-bar opened to ski racers, allowing access to the Fall Line trail.
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New Executive Director

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail has a new executive director for this season. John Hale, former chief operating officer, has taken over for Kirk Dwyer, who has moved on to join Carrabassett Valley Academy’s senior administration and coaching team.

Hale, in a release, said Ski & Snowboard Club Vail would like to thank the Vail Mountain snowmaking team, snowcat operators and mountain operations personnel for getting Golden Peak open.

”Several Alpine staff were out early this morning, working alongside some of our visiting teams that also have been awaiting early season training, carrying the lion’s share of work that is involved in getting our b-net protection systems in place which will allow for local and visiting athletes to begin training in Vail today,” Hale said. “We are thankful for the connections that our young athletes are able to make with teammates and coaches in a safe outdoor environment which is what SSCV is all about — to be there for the kids.“

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