The Rose Bowl chairlift, also known as Chair 4, is getting replaced at Beaver Creek this summer. The new high-speed detachable quad will have an uphill capacity of 2400 per hour and the ride time will be cut nearly in half, to about 5.5 minutes.

Beaver Creek's Jen Brown says, "We want to offer a better guest experience and shift some of the density from Chair 6 and from Chair 8 by providing a high-speed quad. We also will be grooming more in that area."

Brown says the lift serves a number of different groups. "It provides access to the Stone Creek chutes. We've got fun, steep bump runs, including Cataract, Ripsaw, and Spider. They're steep and long and bumpy. But we want to be able to groom more of this terrain because people just love the area."

She also says there are some green beginner runs utilized by ski school. "The terrain really is used by a number of different ability levels and it's just a great area to ski in and around."

Construction on the new lift will begin in June, depending on the weather and will hopefully be ready by mid-November, again weather dependent.

Beaver Creek is also hosting a big new event this summer. The Tough Mudder is June 25-26 and described as a cross between Burning Man and Iron Man. The course will feature 27 military-style obstacles with totally wild features. Brown says, "We thought it was crazy the first time we saw it, as it's a mud pit. We're still working on where we'll have it on the mountain."

The event format is still being finalized but it will be a Beaver Creek event with many competitors and spectators in a two-day format. "It's going to be a lot of fun and something new and different for us, as well as a great kickoff to the summer," said Brown.

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