“We’re putting in two quad lifts, 17 new trails, building a warming hut, building compostable toilets, a pit toilet down at the bottom of the chairlift for employees, so there’s a lot to do.We’ve been spending a ton of time planning and getting everything situated and ready to go so we were ready to hit the ground running this morning.” -Beaver Creek COO Nadia Guerriero 

After wildlife season delayed construction, Beaver Creek in Colorado broke ground Thursday on McCoy Park. The 250-acre expansion will feature seventeen trails, with wide-open glades that will be groomable, and two quad chairlifts. The project will open this winter, barring any construction setbacks. There will be three intermediate and fourteen beginner trails, and the nordic section that has was part of the terrain beforehand will remain intact. According to Vail Daily, preparation for groundbreaking began at the end of the 2020-21 ski season, but a Wildlife Closure from May 6th to June 30 delayed construction for over a month. Construction resumed on July 1st, where lots of progress will be needed to make this happen for this upcoming winter. This expansion is obviously aimed at beginners and families, but this spot could be a great hidden gem spot for powder hounds when the rest of the resort gets tracked out.

Despite not having other expansions planned with the U.S. Forest Service, Beaver Creek officials are saying that more terrain additions will happen down the road. “At McCoy Park, I know we’re getting close to the ski area boundary at the Western edge, but there’s always generally room for more,” said Leanne Veldhuis, the District Ranger for the Eagle-Holy Cross portion of the White River National Forest, on which much of Beaver Creek is located.

With Beaver Creek being one of the crown jewels of the Vail Resorts chain, its certainly possible future expansions are made past McCoy Park.

Image Credits: Vail Daily, Skimap.org

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