Winter conditions, sufficient cover on Beaver Creek closing day 2021-22

Snow conditions didn’t stop skiers and snowboarders from crowding the bridges on Beaver Creek’s closing day. The season ended with wide coverage and a 58-inch base.
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Skiers and snowboarders at Beaver Creek enjoyed a winter shutdown day on Sunday as cold temperatures, wind and snow blanketed the mountain on its last day of operation for 2021-22.

The resort reported 2 inches of fresh snow to start the day of skiing, bringing Beaver Creek’s total for the season to 252 inches, or about 78% of the resort’s claimed average of 325.

In a recent episode of the Storm Skiing podcast, Beaver Creek COO Nadia Guerriero said an April 17 closure was a long season for Beaver Creek.

“The seventeenth is later for us,” she said. “A lot of times it has to do with Easter.”

Friends pose at Slippery Sam’s Saloon on Beaver Creek closing day.
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Guerriero referenced the 2020-21 season, where Beaver Creek originally scheduled an April 4 closing date but adjusted to April 11 in March.

“Last year we had an earlier closing date and we pushed it back a week,” she said.

Beaver Creek closed out the season Sunday with a 58-inch base, and there was ample coverage for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the up-and-down runs throughout the day.

Beaver Creek staple Sean Hanagan once again donned his standard faux fur outfit this season on closing day.
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Costumed skiers filled bridges across the mountain, where Eagle County locals like Sean Hanagan discussed the ups and downs of the season. Hanagan traveled to several locations to judge the emerging sport of freeride telemark skiing in 2021-22, saying he wanted to dedicate time to the sport he loves and also raise awareness of the excellent telemark equipment on offer. by the local Bishop company in Edwards.

“The Wolf Creek Freeride Telemark Championships was a highlight of the season for me,” Hanagan said.

Front line skiers also had one last chance to enjoy Beaver Creek on Sunday. The Stone family of Boulder used to do laps in the park with their 10-year-old son Mars, who took up snowboarding at age 5 and has never looked back.

Mars Stone, 10, braved the cold Sunday to enjoy one last day at Beaver Creek for the 2021-22 season.
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“He loves it,” Mars’ dad Aaron Stone said.

Scott Krause and Kenzie Gildner, from Denver’s Central Park neighborhood, said they had a great time on closing day.

“It was fun meeting cool people,” Gildner said.

Six-year-old Nico Milchev of Eagle took one last chance to hit the 101 Park features in Beaver Creek, where his dad Daniel said he’s made a lot of progress this season.

“He hit them with some speed this year,” Daniel said.

Six-year-old Nico Milchev performs a feature film in Beaver Creek’s 101 Park on closing day.
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Ski Patrol manager Addy McCord ended the season the same way she started it, on a Sno-Go branded ski tricycle that uses two skis on the back to get what the brand calls “Synchronized Lateral Articulation Technology” to mimic the movements of a parallel skier. .

In remembrance of the great loss felt by everyone in Beaver Creek operations this season, McCord wore a badge that read “Gary” in honor of Gary Shimanowitz, the resort’s vice president of mountain operations, who s collapsed and died at work on February 25. after a morning ski run.

Representatives from the Ski Patrol and Forest Service patrolled a popular party spot on National Forest land outside the resort, reminding everyone to pack what they packed and descend safely.

A trash bag is attached to a ski pole on National Forest Land outside Beaver Creek Ski Resort. Forest Service and Ski Patrol representatives said Closing Day revelers are generally good at packing up trash.
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Representatives from the National Forest Service and the Beaver Creek Ski Patrol said Closing Day revelers are generally good at packing trash and getting off safely.

After attempting a lift-assisted summit of Mount Jackson via the Sawatch Range High Route, but changing his mind and turning back, local Neal Hensler and his friend Andy Linger found themselves amid revelers on Forest service land after ski day closes. They took exaggerated “Vail turns” for the crowd, who responded with cheers and applause.

Neal Hensler and Andy Linger following a lift-assisted ski touring adventure on Sunday.
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Hensler said the windy conditions that turned them around were also beautiful to see.

“It was like a ballet dance, the snow was swirling perfectly,” he said.

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