Summer Tip Sheet 2012

Beaver Creek offers outdoor enthusiasts limitless summer adventures and activities for the whole family whether young, or simply young at heart. From scenic hikes along the mountainside to guided horseback rides above the intimate village, the options for fun and entertainment are endless. Say “I do” atop Beaver Creek Mountain at the picturesque wedding deck; cast a fishing line with one of our experienced local guides; cheer as the world’s fastest bikers race to the mountain top finish at the US Pro Cycling Challenge; test your mettle in Beaver Creek’s grueling Tough Mudder; or visit the many shops, spas and fine dining establishments throughout the village. Whether you’re looking for heart-pounding, adrenaline-filled excitement in the mountains or just a relaxing getaway in the sun-soaked Rockies, Beaver Creek delivers a vast number of options.


Beaver Creek offers adventures for everyone.  Whether it’s a grueling adventure race you’re looking for or the excitement of watching a professional bike race, you’ll find it in Beaver Creek this summer.  
USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Professional bike racing comes to Beaver Creek, CO as the USA Pro Cycling Challenge descends upon the state Aug. 20-26, 2012. The event is a grueling 600-mile, seven-day bike race that winds through some of the most majestic and treacherous terrain Colorado and the Rocky Mountains have to offer. The pedaling begins in Durango and hits 12 other cities and towns along the way as bikers are scheduled to ascend and descend their way into Beaver Creek on day four of the race, Aug. 23. Stage 4 contenders will need to keep some leg and lung power reserves in the tank. The day’s stage, a 97.2 mile route to Beaver Creek from Aspen, includes 75 miles of climbing at altitudes of 9,000 feet and above, plus a sprint competition, all before landing at the base of Beaver Creek for the final climb to the mountaintop finish. Racers will cross the finish line in Denver after seven days of arduous cycling over a mix of mountain, sprint and downtown stages. For more information visit

Tough Mudder
Not for the faint of heart, Tough Mudder returns to Beaver Creek June 9-10 and puts athletes of all levels to the ultimate test. This is “definitely roughing it” at Beaver Creek.  Described as a mix of Ironman meets Burning Man, Tough Mudder tests competitors’ all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. The 12+-mile obstacle course is complete with 22 military-style challenges including electric shocks, ice-cold plunges, eight-foot walls, barbed-wire crawls, 100-foot long mud pits and the [patented FireWalker gauntlet of flames- Jen will double check fire- we didn’t have it last year.]. Designed by British Special Forces, Tough Mudder is recognized as the most difficult mud-run on the circuit and simply completing the course is a badge of honor as not everyone will be able to cross the finish line. More than 25,000 competitors, fans and spectators are expected for the event. Beaver Creek take the challenge a step further this year and the course begins at 8,100 feet and this year will ascend up to 10,200 feet at Spruce Saddle Lodge on the mountain. For registration information and complete details visit

Beaver Creek XTERRA
Beaver Creek XTERRA’s off road triathlon, July 14, includes a mile swim in Nottingham Lake in Avon, a mountain bike up and across Beaver Creek Mountain, gaining 2,000 vertical feet in the first five miles, plus a challenging run that climbs 1,300 vertical. The XTERRA is open to all ability levels with individual and team categories. There is also the free kids’ duathlon at Beaver Creek. Cheer on your favorite elite athletes or join them.
Trans Rockies
Beaver Creek Resort plays host to competitors of the rugged Gore-Tex TransRockies Run, a six-day, 115 mile stage trail run through the Colorado Rockies that ends in Beaver Creek on Aug. 19, Teams of two and 50 RUN3 solo runners, will take to the trails covering some of the most spectacular terrain in the world. The race is fully supported, including food, accommodations and on-course support for participants. Based upon the wildly successful GORE-TEX TransAlpine-Run in Europe, the TransRockies Run encompasses a multi-day, point-to-point format. The course traverses the heart of both the White River and San Isabel National Forests, and includes a mix of single track and forest road with nearly 25,000 feet of elevation gain – reaching altitudes of 12,000 feet. With $20,000 in prize money on the line, competition at the front of the pack is intense. For information and registration visit

Tastes of Summer

From slopeside cuisine and tastings to mountaintop barbeques, and exquisite fine-dining to kid-friendly fare, Beaver Creek provides fun and unique dining experiences to pique every taste bud.
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Beaver Creek’s 9th annual Blues Brews and BBQ event signals the beginning of summertime in the mountains Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28.  Visiting chefs, as well as Vail Valley favorites, serve up delicious barbecue fare complemented by microbrews provided by a variety of breweries. Taste your way around the plaza while listening to a full lineup of free blues concerts each day. Bring the whole family as kids’ activities are offered for the young and young at heart. New additions this year include a welcome reception, $10,000 purse for best barbecue and a Cut and Slice Golf Event.
Wine & Spirits Festival
Combining world-renowned culinary talent and outdoor venues, the Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival held Aug. 9-11 is the perfect blend of summertime in the mountains. From wine and mix-ology cocktail seminars to cooking classes and wine dinners, the event features culinary delights and wine and spirits offerings for a variety of palates. The popular Walk and Wine includes a guided hike with experts from the Beaver Creek Hiking Center followed by a gourmet lunch with paired wines.
Culinary Demo Series
Chefs from local restaurants give free culinary demonstrations at the Culinary Demonstration Tent in Beaver Creek Plaza Friday and Saturday afternoons at 5:00 p.m. from June 22 through Sept. 15. Multiple demonstrations will take place each day on festival weekends. 

Food for Thought
Nestled at 9,000 feet on the flanks of Larkspur Bowl at Beaver Creek, Beano’s Cabin was one of the first mountainside fine dining restaurants to open in the western U.S. Now 25 years later, Chef Bill Greenwood has created a menu that revolves around his commitment to sustainability, while also delivering upon the restaurant’s award-winning reputation and service that has resulted in numerous DiRoNA awards and Wine Spectator’s Awards of Excellence.  Chef Greenwood incorporates the very best and most forward-thinking, eco-friendly production techniques and combines this with his creative flavors, cultivated in his upbringing in his father’s restaurant in Atlanta where he started working alongside his dad at age nine.  Diners will enjoy Beausoleil Oysters sustainably farmed off the coast of Nova Scotia, Fee Raised (cruelty-free) veal products from Strauss, TenderBelly Pork Products utilizing heritage-bred free range pigs, Kona Kampachi raised in pens off the Kona Coast of Hawaii. This summer chef will have a garden on site and plans to butcher on site, create their own sausage and cure and smoke salmon in house. 
Thursday Oyster Night at the Chophouse
The Chophouse is excited to announce its summer oyster special on Thursdays throughout the summer. Come by the Chophouse in Beaver Creek to experience the finer side of things for a great deal. The seafood menu will feature oysters every Thursday, from 4-7pm, all summer long! Serving platters of raw oysters for only $1 per oyster and charbroiled oysters for $2 per oyster, along with $5 drafts, $6 glasses of champagne and $9 glasses of wine.  Executive Chef Patrick Funk of the Chophouse has worked closely with the restaurant’s
seafood purveyors to assure that each week features only the freshest and best oyster stock available, shipped from the cold waters of both the East and West Coast. Shucked and prepared out on the Chophouse deck, the raw oyster platters are an incredibly refreshing treat for a hot summer evening.


The hills come alive with the sounds of various musical performances and experiences.  From the grand Vilar Center to the “lawn” at the base of the mountain, summer in Beaver Creek is a perfect setting for an assortment of musical magic.
Throughout the summer, Beaver Creek hosts various concert series and events. The Vilar Performing Arts Center offers world class musical acts including Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, k.d. lang, Creedence Clearwater Revisited and many others.  Additionally, the Beaver Creek Music Experience is an ongoing series encompassing everything from Country to Soul and delves into a total music experience through workshops given by genre experts as well as concerts.  For details, visit
 Beaver Creek Music Experience
The Beaver Creek Music Experience will envelop the hillside of Strawberry Park with sounds of music for four weekends this summer with the return of the resort’s outdoor concerts. Explore the music of America’s most popular genres in the resort’s intimate outdoor venue at Strawberry Park. With lawn seating nestled in a majestic mountain venue, the Beaver Creek Music Experience series features shows ranging from jazz to bluegrass to Rock ‘n’ Roll and is the perfect way to cool off after a day of play under the sun.   

Family Fun

From scenic hikes to bronco-bucking excitement, Beaver Creek offers activities and entertainment for the whole family.  Whether it’s casting a line into clear mountain water or an afternoon of golf, your experience with your family is sure to be memorable. 
Dust off your cowboy boots and tack on some spurs as the Beaver Creek Rodeo returns for its eleventh season Thursday nights through Aug 16th. A Beaver Creek tradition, the Rodeo Series is a favorite of kids and adults alike. Located in Avon behind Chapel Square, free shuttle service is offered from the covered bridge in Beaver Creek Village. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Horseback riding
Experience the beauty of summer on horseback with Beaver Creek Stables. Operating on the mountain, guests can enjoy trails rides to Beaver Lake and romantic sunset dinner rides to Beano’s Cabin. The stables offer one- and two-hour horseback rides as well as three-hour picnic rides. Horseback rides are available for riders ages 7 and older and younger buckaroos may enjoy complimentary tame pony rides in the stable arena. Visit for details.
Beaver Creek Stables has added a youth horsemanship program and horseback riding lessons to their variety of horseback riding offerings. A fun-filled experience for kids ages 7+, the unique three-day horsemanship program (camp) includes a riding lesson, a trail ride, education on grooming, tacking, safety and other information and instruction on horses. Camp occurs Monday through Wednesday, except holidays, from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Lunch is provided and reservations are recommended.  With over 70 horses, Beaver Creek Stables also offers one and two hour rides, a three-hour picnic ride, a Beaver Creek Lake ride, evening horseback rides to Beano’s Cabin, as well as free pony rides for children under the age of six.
Beaver Creek is paradise for hikers offering miles of vast trails for all ages and every ability level.  Whether you’re interested in taking a leisurely lift-served stroll across the mountain, or you prefer a rigorous climb up one of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks, the Beaver Creek Hiking Center has a staff of well- trained guides who share a passion for exploring the outdoors with everyone they meet. From scheduled daily and weekly hikes to private, guided treks, the staff is equipped with a wealth of knowledge about hiking the Rocky Mountains. These professional guides are available to take you on a journey through the beautiful wilderness at Beaver Creek and beyond. All hikes and tours include transportation, use of Salomon packs and boots, Leki hiking poles, rain gear, bottled water, Gatorade and Nature Valley granola bars. Picnic lunches are available upon request. The Hiking Center opens in mid-June and operates through the fall. Beaver Creek’s summer trail system is easily navigated with the help of summer trail maps, which highlight designated hiking and biking routes, also rated easy, moderate and more difficult, in relation to one another. Hikers have the option to participate with the Hiking Center or journey on their own.
Perfect your swing this summer at Beaver Creek with three championship golf courses that offer spectacular scenery and impeccably maintained greens for a truly unforgettable game. Beaver Creek’s courses also are registered as "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries", which recognizes clubs for maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management. The Beaver Creek Golf Club has been certified for eight years and the Red Sky Golf Club received certification during the spring of 2010.
Fly Fishing
Cast a line with Gore Creek Fly Fisherman while soaking in the valley’s majestic river views.  With 30 years of experience and vast local fishing knowledge, you’re in good hands and poised to reel in a catch in any of the area’s numerous rivers including the Eagle River, Gore Creek, the Colorado River, the Roaring Fork River, the Yampa River as well as high-country streams and lakes is second to none. Unparalleled accessibility to the best fishing anywhere with guides that will take your fly fishing experience to another level will turn this family fishing trip into an everlasting memory. Free clinics are offered if you’re new to fly fishing and want to test the waters.


A match made in heaven, Beaver Creek’s majestic beauty married with its unique wedding venue will surely make your special day unforgettable for all. Encircled by Mother Nature’s mountainous embrace, there’s no more magical or more spectacular spot to say “I do” with your sweetheart than at Beaver Creek’s outdoor Wedding Deck, which debuted summer 2011.  Nestled in the hillside east of Spruce Saddle Restaurant, Beaver Creek’s Wedding Deck offers breathtaking views of the expansive Gore Range and the back side of Vail Mountain. Created from natural stone and materials, the site blends into the area’s beautiful landscape and designers used the trees, slopes and immediate surroundings to take advantage of its optimal setting. Wedding parties up to 200 people can experience an unforgettable summertime mountaintop celebration, please contact the Beaver Creek Group Sales team at 970-754-5762 or email  for more information.


Summertime Rocks at RockResorts! 

This summer, RockResorts is offering exceptional rates at each of its unique luxury destinations.  You’ll discover rates as low as $119 per night. Book now and experience the summer vacation of your dreams! Click here for more information or visit


Summer Adventure Package

If you're looking for the ultimate adventure vacation, check out the variety of thrilling summer adventure packages. Explore the Rocky Mountains by horseback or jeep, experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Colorado, Eagle or Arkansas Rivers or golf at some of Colorado's most renowned high-altitude courses. The summertime adventures are endless. Book by August 31. Visit for more information.

Passport to Fun @ The Park
Looking for a fun way to relax and spend time with the kids? A way to reconnect with the family? Passport to Fun at the Park is your doorway to family alpine adventure! Included in the package, you get: 1/2 day family rafting trip for four (includes lunch), 1/2 day bicycle rental for four to explore Beaver Creek Village, Cookies and milk upon arrival for up to 4 guests, Kids S'mores daily at 7pm at the Park Hyatt Camp Fire, Complimentary upgrade to Slope View room (subject to availability). Visit for more information.

The Osprey and The Pines Win Travel + Leisure Award

Travel + Leisureawarded  The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort, the #1 Top Resort in the Continental United States according to the Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. The Osprey received a score of 94.75 and was ranked #1. Additionally, The Osprey’s sister resort, The Pines Lodge, A RockResort, also located in Beaver Creek, was rated the #3 Top Resort in the Continental United States. Conveniently located in the heart of Beaver Creek Village, The Osprey is the closest hotel to a ski resort in North America - a mere 26 feet from the hotel’s ski valet entrance to Beaver Creek’s Strawberry Park Express chair lift. The Osprey combines contemporary design and luxury amenities, including an award-winning gourmet tapas bar and restaurant.


Recycling and food waste collection at events 
Beaver Creek continues to look for new ways to minimize and reduce the waste produced during our events.  Each year we add more and more recycling containers to our stock of event containers to capture as much recycling as possible.  New this year, Beaver Creek has begun a program to collect food waste at our events.  We have begun capturing food waste from the preparation of the food served at events, as well as un-eaten food from the guests.  Along with the food, we are able to collect all types of compostable table ware products.  Going forward we are looking to use only compostable cups, plates, bowls, silverware, etc. at our events in order to divert a large percentage of the waste from the landfill.  The food waste and compostable products are collected and brought either to a composting facility or to a local farmer to be used as feed for his hogs.
This past winter Beaver Creek's on-mountain restaurants continued their program of collecting food waste produced during the food preperation process.  A majority of Beaver Creek's on-mountain restaurants participated this past season, and were able to divert nearly 1.5 tons of food waste from the landfill each week.  The program has continued on into the summer at those restaurants open.  The food waste was then brought to a local farmer and used as feed for his hogs.  This program has been a huge success and we will be expanding this program going forward.  this summer we have begun collecting the same food waste from other aspects of our operations including our golf course locations and hospitality properties.  This is just one of the many programs always underway at BC aimed at reducing our waste produced each year.

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Jen Brown, Senior Communications Manager, Beaver Creek Resort,, (970) 754-5292
Julia Littman, Communications Coordinator, Beaver Creek Resort ,, (970) 754-5169


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