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Vail Mountain receives approval for Golden Peak Expansion

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Vail Mountain has received approval from the US Forest Service for its proposal to expand the size of its operational boundary.

The Golden Peak Expansion will increase Vail’s operational boundary by 42 acres, allowing for a doubling of training space, a new surface lift and improved snowmaking infrastructure. Construction on the project is set to begin during the summer of 2019.

Vail plans to install a high-powered, state-of-the-art snowmaking system on the new trails and enhance its snowmaking infrastructure on the existing Golden Peak terrain. The project entails roughly 30 new fan-gun towers, plus additional carriages. Also part of the improvement project, Vail is set to build a new pump house, allowing for increased productivity and efficiency.

“Ski and Snowboard Club Vail has continued to grow its reputation as a developer of high-calibre talent, and this expansion to the training capabilities at Golden Peak will solidify that, as well as further establish it as a premier, global competition venue, especially for early- and late-season events,” said Doug Lovell, Chief Operating Officer at Vail Mountain. “This project is an example of the value of community partnerships and of the dedication of the US Forest Service to help a project of this scope come to life.”

“By moving forward with the Golden Peak Improvement Project, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail will fulfill its top strategic priority and create the single-best training environment in the United States,” said Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Executive Director Kirk Dwyer. “The expanded terrain will provide a higher-quality, safer and more productive training arena for our athletes, allowing families to save on travel expenses while providing an economic benefit to the Vail community. We couldn’t be more thrilled about this development and thank Vail Resorts and the US Forest Service for their dedication to the project over many years.”

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