Gopher Hill is the beginner area at the bottom of the Golden Peak area.

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This area has several lifts, including a carpet and a two-person chair, the Gopher Hill lift.

This is a flat and easy area to learn but there are many people here and your goal should be to learn quickly and go on to other places up on the mountain.

Someone who can stop and turn each way will enjoy the Sourdough lift better since the views are nicer and there will be less people to watch out for.

This is named after the Richardson ground squirrel.

Local lore has it that when construction for Vail Village first began in 1962, hoards of these critters moved out and set up housekeeping on "Gopher Hill."