Plans unveiled by Vail Resorts for next season have chairlifts opening new terrain at Beaver Creek, upgrading flow at Breckenridge, and replacing an old with a new at Keystone.
All three projects have been approved by the U.S. Forest Service, which controls the on-mountain land at these resorts, and are slated to begin construction once the 2019-2020 season is over, according to Vail Resorts.
The Keystone project calls for crews to take down the 30-year-old four-seater Peru Chair high-speed with a six-pack high-speed. The lift serves Keystone's extensive terrain park complex above Packsaddle Bowl on the resort's far west boundary. Officals hope to get more skiers and riders out of Mountain House base area and onto the hill more efficiently.
At Breckenridge -- the nation's busiest ski and snowboard resort -- resort management continues to work on streamlining traffic on its two newest areas, Peak 7 and Peak 6. Next season, a new four-person high speed will run from just below the base terminal for the Zendo Chair to the top terminal of the Independence SuperChair on Peak 7. Hopes are that access to the north side runs on Peak 7 will reduce congestion at the base of Peak 7.
And at Beaver Creek, the resort will open McCoy Park to lift access next season with two new chairlifts -- including on high-speed detachable -- to give novices and intermediates a chance to ski and ride in an alpine bowl with moderate pitch. The area sits at the top terminal convergence of Lifts 12, 16 and 18 at the mountain's western border.
Vail Resorts says that these projects all aim to improve circulation around these mountains for skiers and riders so as to reduce congestion and open up new terrain.