2011-2012 WINTER NEWS

At Beaver Creek, rated the No.1 resort in North America by Conde Nast Traveler, you leave the world behind.  Enter the resort through our welcome gate and find a secluded village in an intimate mountain setting that offers arguably the best guest service in the world with the promise of “Not Exactly Roughing It.”  Explore three unique mountain experiences with European style village-to-village skiing while reforming your form with “the Ivy League of Ski Schools”, the Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School.  See why Beaver Creek is ranked the #1 resort for Families by Ski Magazine with daily complimentary family programs and don’t miss the legendary Cookie Time – one of the many little surprises you’ll find waiting for you at Beaver Creek.
 
The Story
EpicMix. Now with Photo
Vail Resorts’ award winning and popular ski and snowboard application EpicMix, has new added functionality that revolutionizes the vacation photo experience. EpicMixlaunched during the 2010-2011 season providing skiers and riders with hands- and hassle-free tracking of vertical feet skied, number of days skied and digital pin accomplishments thanks to a RF-enabled chip embedded in smart card passes. This season, Vail Resorts is doing something that no other resort or ski mountain is doing - taking and then giving free on-mountain photos to guests to easily share on Facebook and social sites. Starting mid-December, guests will be able to take their own photos or get their photos taken and combine them with their vertical feet, digital pins and memories of other special moments of their visit through the new EpicMix platform. Additionally EpicMix is expanding its program to nearly all guests this year through an upgrade to "smart" RF-enabled lift tickets. For more information and to watch a video of EpicMix, visit www.epicmixphoto.com.

New High Speed Quad Chairlift for Beaver Creek
This December the much-anticipated new Rose Bowl high speed Doppelmayr quad chairlift will forever change the ski experience at Beaver Creek. Transporting 2,400 people per hour, the new side-load chair’s ride time will be nearly cut in half at five-and-a-half minutes. For skiers and snowboarders, this means more ski time as guests can better spread out across the entire mountain and density impacts on the Cinch Express Lift (Chair 8) and Centennial Express Lift (Chair 6) will be greatly reduced. Look for increased grooming operations in Rose Bowl too including some of the bowl’s black diamond runs, providing skiers and riders with a wider variety of terrain options accessed from the new lift and further capitalizing on the gentle as well as extreme terrain in the area. Investments such as this demonstrate Beaver Creek’s ongoing commitment to continually deliver upon top-notch guest experiences on and off the slopes. *Rose Bowl Lift video

New Max 3 Coaching Clinics
New for 2011-2012, Beaver Creek’s Adult Ski and Snowboard School will be offering alpine skiing lessons and on-mountain adventures with custom coaching sessions geared towards skiers who wish to take their skills up a notch.  Whether wanting to learn how to carve through fresh powder, effortlessly pound over bumps or twist through the trees, qualified pro instructors will help skiers confidently navigate all kinds of mountain terrain. These customized coaching lessons will be offered afternoons only to strong intermediate to advanced alpine skiers with a maximum of three people per group in order to provide a more personalized learning experience. Max 3 will be offered Nov. 23, 2011-April 8, 2012 from 12:45-3:45 p.m. each day and is $180 per person.
 
New Ripperoo’s Rockin’ Registration
Beaver Creek Kids’ Ski School offers a new guest-focused registration program designed to let parents register and prep kids for their lessons the night of arrival and eliminate the first-morning frenzy felt by many. During peak times, the Kids’ Ski School staff will host Ripperoo’s Rockin’ Registration until 7 p.m. in the children’s ski school lobby to accommodate families arriving from out of town. The key is to register for ski school in advance of arrival and then at the resort let the dedicated kids’ ski school staff entertain your children with face painting, snacks, music, balloons and high fives and hugs from adored ski school mascot Ripperoo. Mom and dad simply complete paperwork, ask questions and get the gear set up in advance, ensuring that the first day on snow is all about learning and fun. Ripperoo’s Rockin’ Registration will be offered on specific dates including Dec. 17-18, and 26, 2011; Feb. 18-19, 2012; March 10-11, 17-18, and 31, 2012; and April 1, 2012. Visit www.beavercreek.com
 
New Talons Kids Rounds Out Talons Challenge Weekend
Beaver Creek’s signature Talon’s Challenge event returns March 3, 2012, tackles nearly 24,000 vertical and showcases the mountain’s toughest 13 black and double-black diamond runs in one day. Participants return year after year and come from all over to earn a spot on the electronic wall of fame at Red Tail Camp. Now kids will have an interactive experience all their own with the new Talons Kids event, March 4, 2012. *Talon’s video

New Dynamic Skiing for Women Workshop with Margaret McIntyre
Founder Margaret McIntyre brings Dynamic Skiing for Women to Beaver Creek Jan. 8-12, 2012. This boutique program is a new, exciting innovative Mind / Body approach designed to directly enhance ski performance and confidence. Exclusive, personalized and supportive small groups of up to six participants learn sophisticated ski-specific movement awareness at indoor classes which are combined with top-level on hill ski coaching from Beaver Creek’s best female ski instructors. The program includes all indoor and outdoor instruction, welcome event, one-on-one session with Margaret, daily lunch on the mountain and dinner at Mirabelle’s and is offered to intermediate or above female skiers. Margaret McIntyre is a fully certified ski instructor, ski school trainer, Feldenkrais® practitioner and assistant trainer, physiotherapist and the creator of the internationally recognized Dynamic Skiing for Life program now celebrating its 20th season. Price is TBA. Lift tickets, lodging and ski equipment not included. For details visit www.integratedmovementmaui.com or call (808) 264-5083.
 
New Nordic Adventures
Known for its scenic 32km dedicated Nordic and Snowshoe track located at the top of Strawberry Park, Beaver Creek’s Nordic Center is offering three new products for 2011-2012. The new Snowshoe Fit Tours will focus on fitness and workouts at 10,000 feet. Families with kids ages 6 and up can enjoy new Guided Family Nature Tours in McCoy Park, exposing younger generations to the beauty of surrounding mountain peaks and also teaching them a fun, new outdoor sport. Finally the new 2011-2012 Nordic Adventure Pass is a three-day discounted pass that allows enthusiasts to mix and match cross country skiing, telemarking, nature snowshoe tours and the new Snowshoe Fit Tours. All snowshoe participants may rent the latest in technology from Atlas Snowshoes at the Nordic Center.* Nordic Center & McCoy Park video

New
Black Diamond Bistro Restaurant at The Charter
The Charter at Beaver Creek will be opening a new restaurant this November, Black Diamond Bistro. The restaurant will serve contemporary American fare in a friendly, relaxed setting and will seat 70 people in the dining room and 55 in the bar/lounge area. Chef Andy Buechel’s menu will feature steaks and seafood and will also include a variety of classic favorites and nightly specials. Guests here will be able to après at the bar, grab a burger or catch the big game all while enjoying great views of Beaver Creek Mountain.

Acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval Joins Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa
Richard Sandoval Restaurants, famous for its “Modern Mexican” and Latin-Asian concepts, recently took over Restaurant Avondale in the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. The new Restaurant Avondale menu will be similar in style, with the addition of several signature Chef Sandoval dishes. Richard Sandoval Restaurants also will operate the Market Avondale, the Lobby Wine Bar, the pool, and all banquets and catering operations. The Sandoval Restaurant Group has extensive experience operating restaurants in hotels around the globe. No stranger to Beaver Creek, Sandoval has participated in the resort’s annual culinary event held each January.

$1 Million Wellness Center Expansion at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa
The award-winning Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain is undergoing a $1 million renovation and expansion of its fitness center, now named the Athletic Club at The Westin. The state-of-the-art club features more than 27,000 square feet of wellness offerings, including the Spa Anjali, a full-service salon, a spa boutique and a 25-yard saline-based outdoor lap pool. The expansion will include 4,000 square feet of new exercise studio space and additional enhancements to the facility will include a new pilates studio and cycling studio, a larger yoga studio allowing for more class times and class styles, and a redesign of the movement studio to provide a wider variety of unique strength and conditioning programs. The project will be completed by December 2011 and the Athletic Club at The Westin is open during renovations.

The Deals: Book/ Buy Early and Save
Ski Free Stay Free at Beaver Creek and when you buy two nights of lodging and two days of skiing, get the third night and day for free starting at $120 per person per night in a three-bedroom condominium (or $360 per person for three nights of lodging and three days of skiing). Offer is based on availability and is valid Nov. 23- Dec. 22, 2011. Taxes, surcharge and gratuity not included. Book online at www.beavercreek.com or call 800-404-3535.
 
The Slopes
New Kids’ Adventure Attractions
Parents of young skiers and riders know that despite the lure of all of the incredible terrain offered at Beaver Creek, the little ones or those young-at-heart still make a beeline for the Adventure Zones. From Jack Rabbit Alley to Ripperoo’s Retreat, no child’s ski day is complete without making “pizza” turns through teepee’s, across bridges, waving at the hand carved animal statues or high-fiving one another at Ripperoo’s (the kids’ ski school mascot) Retreat. New for 2011-2012, Beaver Creek Children’s Ski School is building a new beginner teepee trail located in the Buckaroo Bowl area on the lower mountain in order to introduce lower level children and families to Kid’s Adventure Zones on the lower part of the mountain. The four ski-through teepees will be located adjacent to the always popular Buffalo Bumps.  Another new addition to the lower mountain will be an all new Ske-Cology trail where kids can follow signs down the mountain to learn about the porcupine.  Already a hit on the upper mountain, Ripperoo’s Retreat will be back this season with some additional tree clearing that will provide kids and families with all new secret stashes. 

3 Mountains of Adventure
A mountain laid upside down, Beaver Creek is in fact three distinct mountains comprised of Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead offering a European style village-to-village experience. At 1,815 acres, adventure awaits at every turn. Known for its commitment to high quality grooming, Beaver Creek caters to intermediates with freshly groomed corduroy spread across its three mountains each day. And for those who may not have gotten past carving buttery turns in perfect snow, what lies beyond is a mountain full of challenge and adventure. Stone Creek Chutes and Black Bear Glade thrill powder tree skiers. Bump mavens and experts only head to Grouse Mountain where perfectly formed steep bumps can hold fresh powder for days. Signature trail Golden Eagle transforms from the World Cup downhill to an expert’s leg-burning challenge. Insider’s Tip: It’s groomed every Friday night. Bachelor Gulch to the west has long green and blue runs named after area settlers. The top of the main mountain features amazing beginner terrain with expansive views of surrounding peaks and it’s also home to Jack Rabbit Alley, a kids’ Adventure Zone that winds its way down the top part of the mountain through trees and in and out of manmade obstacles such as teepee’s, bridges and more. Arrowhead, the western most portion of the area, has some pitches and gullies that appropriately serve families and its long trails end at Broken Arrow, which has one of the sunniest outdoor decks where servers treat your thirst with pitchers of water. No matter which trail you and your family choose, the resort offers something for every whim.

Birds of Prey World Cup
On the heels of a winning season, World Championship gold medalist and reigning overall giant slalom champion Ted Ligety will return to the spectator-friendly Birds of Prey World Cup at Beaver Creek to defend his 2010 GS victory Dec. 2-4, 2011. The 2011 lineup offers a Downhill, Super G and Giant Slalom, and is the only domestic stop for the US men on one of the world’s toughest courses. Every race counts leading up to the 2015 World Alpine Championships being held at Beaver Creek/ Vail, and the U.S. men’s alpine team is hunting for gold.

2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships
Just a few short years away, the 2015 FIS World Alpine Championships will blanket the slopes of Beaver Creek Feb. 3-15, 2015 as the fastest men and women in the world vie for top honors in all alpine disciplines. Planning is well underway for the event and permitting and approvals with the U.S. Forest Service are ongoing. Venue plans call for a new women’s downhill, a new finish stadium and a new Red Tail Camp Restaurant, all pending U.S. Forest Service approval. Already established as one of the toughest stops on the men’s World Cup Tour, 2015 promises to be filled with great athleticism, camaraderie among athletes from 70 nations and the event expects to draw an estimated 1 billion television viewers from around the world. This will be the third FIS World Championships for Beaver Creek and Vail, which previously hosted the 1989 and 1999 Championships.

The Village
Lovely Little Surprises
Ski vacations are special and create long-lasting memories. Beaver Creek takes it a step farther with lovely little signature treats and surprises throughout the day that are not-to-be-missed. From cocoa and corduroy to start your day with a complimentary cocoa and grooming report served by resort Ambassadors, to complimentary Mountain Welcome Tours with friendly guides who share history and insiders’ knowledge, to Cookie Time, the signature program where Cookie Time Chefs serve nearly 400,000 warm chocolate chip cookies annually at 3 p.m. daily, discover little surprises along your journey. And if you feel like sending a memento, choose from three signature scenic postcards that are distributed in the Village daily and mailed free of charge anywhere in the world. Legend Helmut Fricker has been entertaining guests in Beaver Creek Village since the resort opened in 1980. Experience his amazing “Edelweiss” played on his alpenhorn or join him in a tune on his accordion.

Intimate Village
Beaver Creek’s “beachfront” boasts an array of amenities that meet the slopes. At the base of the mountain’s main Centennial Express Chairlift, skiers and riders are met with dining options such as Foxnut Slopeside Sushi or the Beaver Creek Chophouse to the west and 8100 at the Park Hyatt to the east. In between, convenience is the key with kids’ ski school registration and meeting areas just steps from the snow, comfortable couches to lounge on and the Park Hyatt’s s’mores and fire pit for afternoon snacking. The views are amazing and the area bustles with activity. Escalators handle the heavy lifting at Beaver Creek and carry guests to and from a variety of Village levels off the “beachfront” that include adult ski school, rentals, lift tickets, restaurants, shops, galleries and a year-round outdoor ice rink. At the end of the day be sure to sip an après-ski beverage from one of the many great outdoor decks with heat lamps. No matter where the ski day ends, the cozy pedestrian village is easy to navigate and kids are free to roam about to explore the magical children’s fountain, ice skating rink, statues and more, while parents can relax knowing they are safe.

Kids and Family

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Kids’ Ultimate 4, the popular Ski School program is now heading into its third season. Featuring a semi-private lesson for up to four kids, advance online reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee your child a spot. More focused instruction is the key along with a focus on skill improvement by Beaver Creek’s top kids’ pros. 2011-2012 pricing is $295 for lesson and lunch and $315 for lesson, lift and lunch.

Opening Day and Cookie Competition
Celebrate opening day at Beaver Creek Nov. 23, 2011 and round out the day before Thanksgiving by munching on warm chocolate chip cookies. The eighth annual Beaver Creek Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition takes place opening day of the 2011-2012 winter season, where the top five recipes will be selected to compete for bragging rights as the official cookie of Beaver Creek. Five finalists chosen from a number of fall entries bake and serve 1,000 cookies each on Nov. 23. Hungry skiers and riders vote and the top cookie recipe is chosen and designated as the official Cookie Time recipe for the season. For details on the Cookie contest which takes place in October, visit www.beavercreek.com.

Beaver Creek Loves Kids and 1st Annual Winterfest
Beaver Creek Resort presents the 1st annual Winterfest celebration this holiday season as part of the popular family program, Beaver Creek Loves Kids. Winterfest will take place from Dec. 18, 2011 – Jan. 1, 2012 and will be a grand celebration of all that is magical about the holidays and winter in the mountains. The two week event will feature theatrical elements and decoration, and interactive family events and activities that are designed to animate Beaver Creek Village and bring the winter and holiday spirit to life. Beaver Creek Loves Kids Winterfest also will feature a great lineup of family events and activities including daily appearances from Santa, a Kids Winter Wonder parade, Disco Skate Nights, figure skating performances, an Animals of Winter presentation, torchlight ski downs, fireworks and more. In addition to Winterfest, Beaver Creek Loves Kids will take place during other holidays throughout the season including President’s Week Feb. 18-25, 2012, Spring Break March 10-31, 2012 and Easter week April 1-7, 2012.

Family Programming New Additions for 2011-2012
Families know that Beaver Creek can’t be beat when it comes to experiencing a wide range of activities when the ski day is done. Hosting a different activity each night, the resort showcases fun for all ages with disco skate night, rail jams, storytelling, family snowshoe tours with cocoa and cookies, and the family-favorite Thursday Night Lights fireworks. New this winter, kids will enjoy Ripperoo Sightings at Ripperoo’s Retreat on the slopes, a Friday Family Afternoon Club (FAC) and Saturday’s Family Fun Fest. The best part is most activities are complimentary. Most programming begins mid-December and runs through late-March.

Afternoon Adventures
Haymaker Tubing Hill provides four lanes of sliding fun for tubers 36 inches and taller each afternoon from 1 p.m. to dusk. Post-ski lessons or a day on the slopes, kids and parents enjoy the lift-served tubing hill and mom and dad can sit at the deck at The Ranch sipping adult beverages or partake. It’s just one more reason family’s love Beaver Creek. * Family Fun video

Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) in the Heart of the Village
The Vilar Performing Arts Center is an intimate state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of the Beaver Creek Village, directly beneath the outdoor ice skating rink. VPAC hosts a variety of acclaimed artistic performances throughout the season. Its intimate and inviting performance space was designed to exacting specifications to create perfect acoustics and unobstructed views from each of its 530 seats. Littman's Kunstler theatre in Munich provided inspiration for the wood-paneled columns, walls and ceilings that are combined with the curved horseshoe seating layout also found in many traditional European halls. The natural wood and stone in the lobby are highlighted by carpets and fabrics woven with autumnal colors. The walls are painted in the muted tones of the sky at dusk which completes the theater's harmonious complement to the Rocky Mountain environment that surrounds it.

To Note
Rentskis.com Gold Club
The Rentskis.com Gold Club offers premier guest service and ski and snowboard rentals in a personal setting.  Complimentary overnight ski and boot storage is available with rentals along with boot-drying and daytime shoe storage. Visit their location near Starbucks and Beaver Creek Ski School.
 
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Non-Stop Flights Means More Ski Time
The Eagle Airport, located just 30 minutes west of Beaver Creek, offers convenient direct flights from 11 major markets including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York (JFK and LGA) and Newark. Flights begin Dec. 15, 2011 and run through April 1, 2012. Expedite your trip to Beaver Creek and book your direct flight at www.flyvail.com or call 800-404-3535.
 
Fly In Ski Free
Guests flying into the Eagle Airport on flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Miami and Newark may enjoy a free day of skiing at Beaver Creek or Vail on the afternoon of their arrival through the Fly In Ski Free program. Passengers may ski for free the same day of arrival by showing a valid boarding pass and Vail Valley lodging confirmation. This offer is valid Nov. 18, 2011- April 15, 2012 and additional restrictions may apply. For details about direct flights to Beaver Creek regional airport visit www.beavercreek.com/air or call 800-404-3535.
 
Leave the Driving to Us
Colorado Mountain Express, Vail Resorts-owned and operated transportation company, offers standard and premier door-to-door airport transportation service from Denver International Airport, downtown Denver and Eagle Airport. Upon arrival in Beaver Creek our complimentary shuttle service whisks guests around the resort and features on-demand service that operates approximately every 10 minutes.
 
Refueling Ideas on the Slopes
  • Chuckwagon- Grab and go items at The Ranch include pizza slices, warm and cold beverages and more.
  • Beaver Crepes-Sweet and savory options are a must-have before and after hitting the slopes, located near the ice rink.
  • Mamie’s Mountain Grill- Reserve steaks and DIY (do-it-yourself) concept makes for fun, social dining amidst panoramic views of McCoy Park and surrounding peaks.
  • Lunch for Less: $10.95 value meal includes an entree, side dish and a beverage.
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