Vail’s Golden Peak is the primary training venue for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Alpine programs. Thanks to the generosity and support of Vail Resorts, SSCV is able to operate one of the best training venues in the world. Located at the easternmost point on Vail Mountain, Golden Peak is served by the Riva Bahn Express, a high-speed quad chairlift. By using SSCV’s state-of-the-art snowmaking system, training is often able to begin on Golden Peak in early November.
Years of hard work and dedication were celebrated at SSCV as alpine ski racers closed out 2019 with expanded terrain on Golden Peak. Supporters of the project, athletes and staff, along with key partners from Vail Resorts and the US Forest Service, gathered on December 30 to commemorate the event with an official ribbon cutting and inaugural ski-down on the Golden Peak Expansion, which has doubled the alpine training and racing space for SSCV. The Expansion provides approximately 30 acres of additional alpine trail space, a brand-new surface lift, and improved snowmaking infrastructure. With these enhancements, 600 vertical feet have been added to the alpine venue, providing more than 1,700 vertical feet of total racing terrain, enough to accommodate full-length speed courses. The project creates two new alpine trails, plus a connector that feeds into the preexisting giant slalom start. All told, the new terrain has the capacity to accommodate as many as 18 slalom lanes or nine GS lanes per session. The new Golden Peak T Bar features a four-minute turnaround, which will optimize training sessions and increase productivity. The expanded terrain alone can host slalom racing and training with up to 60 gates per course.
Every November, thanks to our state-of-the-art snowmaking system, SSCV athletes train alongside the best national teams in the world who travel to Colorado to prepare for their World Cup season.
In late 2021 a world-class mogul venue many years in the making opened on Golden Peak. This 230 meter venue with pitches ranging from 25.6 to 31 degrees, is the steepest in all of the Rockies, and is truly spectacular. Mogul athletes begin their early season training on the Golden Peak Expansion and transition to the new mogul training venue once temperatures allow its opening. This new mogul venue maximizes training time, with easy access from the SSCV Clubhouse at Golden Peak and rapid turnaround time between runs via Chair 6.