The Vail Daily is reporting that Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak Expansion, 42 additional acres of skiable terrain and support facilities decades in the making, has finally received the official go-ahead from the U.S. Forest Service.
That will mean an additional lift will be installed on Golden Peak, making accessible more than 760 additional vertical feet of terrain, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail are expected to be the primary users of the new terrain, but we non-affiliated normies will get a crack at the new runs when it’s being used for training.
The Forest Service began fielding comments on Golden Peak back in April 2018. In a release accompanying that phase of the project, they described the expansion like this:
“Golden Peak serves as the primary ski and snowboard racing and training venue for Vail and the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV), and provides a world-class venue for local athletes and international events. As local, regional, national, and international groups continue to seek areas devoted specifically to ski and snowboard racing and training, a contained venue with adequate facilities to serve high-caliber events is needed.”
Vail Mountain’s first big expansion since Blue Sky Basin opened in 2000 has one additional hurdle to clear before it’s officially a reality. An open comment period is open to respond to the USF’s draft decision for 45 days.