Beaver Creek hosts Talons Challenge

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 22, 2010 2:48 pm

Beaver Creek Resort may have escalators in its base area, but 1,500 skiers and snowboarders are not headed to the Colorado ski area for luxury treatment during the annual Talons Challenge on Saturday. The sold-out event requires participants to ski 13 black and double-black diamond runs for a total of 23,722 vertical feet. The challenge is centered around the World Cup Birds of Prey downhill course, Grouse Mountain, and Larkspur Bowl.

While Beaver Creek may be the “Deer Valley” of Colorado on the Bogner barometer, the terrain can be surprisingly as demanding, if not  more demanding, than the resort’s big sister with the bowls, 12 miles down Interstate 70. The runs are still not scary steep to a Jackson Hole or Snowbird level, but bump skiers should love the sustained pitch of the mogul runs on Grouse Mountain.

For the $10 registration fee, participants receive at least a brat and a beer for lunch.Successful finishers pick up a commemorative hat and a spot on the Talons Challenge Wall-of-Fame digital kiosk.