For the past several years, the world's best kayakers have raced down Homestake Creek, a steep, low-volume river outside of Redcliff, Colorado, as part of the annual Teva Mountain Games in Vail. The problem: someone on foot could easily beat them–there was too little water in the creek to make the race seem legit.
This year, in a landmark deal with event organizers, Vail Resorts will donate water from its allotment upstream in the Homestake Reservoir to ensure that there is sufficient water in Homestake Creek for the Dagger Steep Creek Championship.
"We recognize the tremendous value the Teva Mountain Games brings to the Vail Valley and we're happy to support the kayak race by making certain there's enough water in Homestake Creek to have a world-class competition," says Kara Heide, community relations director for Vail Resorts.
Vail Resorts will call for the release of 50 acre feet from its allotment of 275 acre feet of water in Homestake Reservoir to be released at 100 cubic feet per second (CFS) so it reaches the venue site of the racep on Homestake Creek between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on May 31. In previous years, releases from Homestake Reservoir have not been coordinated with the race and kayakers have scraped down the creek with unnatural spring water flows as low as 25 CFS – roughly the flow of one fire hose.