The US Forest Service recently began accepting comments on Vail Resorts proposal to install a 4-passenger high-speed detachable chairlift in the Rose Bowl area in Beaver Creek. The Company announced that if the proposal is approved by the Forest Service, they plan to install the chairlift during the summer of 2011 so it is operational by the 2011-2012 ski season.
I think that is great news. Some people will object to the additional traffic in Rose Bowl but I don’t think it will be that much of an increase. Many skiers use the Rose Bowl lift to access other lifts on the mountain, particularly chair #5 (Drink of Water) and chair #8 (Cinch Express). However, it would be nice to see some additional terrain opened up in Rose Bowl. There appears to be some excellent steep terrain between Ripsaw and Spider. I also think they could find some great terrain west of Cataract. That may be planned at some point in the future. For now, I’m simply excited about the new chair.