2014-2015 Winter News and Story Ideas
At the gate you leave everyday things behind. Beaver Creek is a World Cup mountain, home to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships and the venerable Talons Challenge. From our elite team of Ski School Ambassadors poised to assist with your every need, to the escalators built with boots in mind, Beaver Creek was designed with a legendary attention to detail. Take care of the little things, we believe, and the time you spend here will live forever. A visit here will spoil you for anywhere else.
New Snowmaking Refresh and Upgrades
Beaver Creek’s unrivaled commitment to providing a high quality snow surface for skiers and snowboarders is enhanced this season, thanks to the addition of 24 new fully-automated and technologically advanced snowmaking guns lining Gold Dust trail. The new fan guns will “refresh” Gold Dust trail several nights a week in the heart of the season, providing skiers with soft, fresh snow on top of smooth corduroy, even if it doesn’t naturally snow the night before. This investment is significant as it serves intermediate guests and is one of the more popular egresses to the base area. Beaver Creek’s snowmaking upgrade also include 10 new automated snowmaking guns placed on Lower Larkspur trail, which are dedicated to building snow depth earlier than normal, thus allowing Larkspur Bowl to open in a timely fashion and the snow will last longer into the spring. Beaver Creek’s state-of-the-art snowmaking system encompasses 650 acres of terrain across the resort. Last season the system also benefitted from the installation of new highly efficient snowmaking compressors that save energy.
New Combination Lift
Beaver Creek’s new Centennial Express Lift is a high-speed, state-of-the-art combination lift that increases uphill capacity by 35 percent and carries 3,400 people per hour. The first-ever configuration of its kind built by Doppelmayr and the longest-ever vertical length installed by the manufacturer, Beaver Creek’s unique combination lift includes a series of six-passenger chairs alternating with 10-person gondola cabins. Skiers and snowboarders have the option of riding on the chairlift, served by a moving conveyor to load the chair, or in a gondola cabin that loads from a separate lift line. The combination lift is considered to be a significant benefit to beginners, and kids, particularly those engaged in ski school lessons, thanks to the loading and unloading ease of the gondola cabins.
New Candy Cabin
Remember feeling like a ‘kid in a candy store’? This winter, let that feeling return when you enter the cozy new on-mountain Candy Cabin located at the top of Strawberry Park Express Lift and Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift. Designed to look and feel like an old fashioned candy store, satisfy your sweet tooth and select from assorted bulk candy such as taffy, gummy candy, hard candies, chocolate malt balls and more. Custom Colorado-based Colorado Candy Company created signature Beaver Creek-logoed milk and dark chocolate bars as well as molded ski boots, snowflakes and snowmen; classic Pepsi products made with real cane sugar bring back nostalgic memories and can be enjoyed on the sundeck. It’s the sweetest place at 9840’!
New White Glove First Tracks
Experience the untouched mountain before the lifts open to the public and an exclusive, gourmet breakfast at one of Beaver Creek’s private on-mountain cabins, Allies’ Cabin. Guests now have the option to book the White Glove First Tracks for select Saturdays throughout the season and witness a spectacular sunrise before making the first tracks of the day down the pristine canvas of groomed corduroy made by Beaver Creek’s gold medal Grooming Team. Scheduled Saturdays include Jan. 3, 18 and 25, Feb. 21 and March 1, 8, and 14. Additional March dates will be announced later. Guests can call (866) 250-1679 to book.
New Gourmet SaddleRidge Lunch
Ski-in to SaddleRidge restaurant at Beaver Creek for a gourmet lunch set among the largest private collection of American Western artifacts in the U.S. outside of a museum including Geronimo’s tomahawk, General Custer’s canteen and one of his hats, Buffalo Bill’s traveling desk and more. Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School guests receive priority reservations and non-ski school guests can make reservations 48 hours in advance. Diners will be greeted with cozy slippers and a high-end steakhouse menu with wild game dishes, seafood, plus delicious soup, salad and sandwich options; kids menu on hand. This beautiful, high-ceilinged, wood building comforts guests through this one-of-a-kind dining experience you can’t find anywhere else. Lunch and dinner are served Tuesday through Saturday; guests should call (970) 754-5456 for reservations.
2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
The clock is ticking down to February of 2015 as the world’s best ski racers descend on Beaver Creek and Vail for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Second only to the Olympics in scope and scale, the 2015 World Championships will feature 700 athletes from over 70 nations, along with an international television audience of 750 million people. Beaver Creek will host the majority of the competition – all of which is free to spectators, unlike championships in Europe, while Vail is set to serve as the official hub of the ceremonies and nightly festival events – concerts, culinary festivals, parties, a big-screen stadium and more. Be a part of history Feb. 2-15! Experience the World Championships at home in the United States and see the world’s best ski racers in action while enjoying thousands of acres of terrain and the Vail and Beaver Creek experience that guests have come to expect and love. Did we mention it’s also an off-peak period? www.vailbeavercreek2015.com
World Championships InterX Pavilion
When the world arrives in Beaver Creek for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, celebrate the athletes and their home countries at the International Experience (InterX) Pavilion in the center of Beaver Creek Village. Festivities will occur in the heated InterX tent from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Feb. 2-15, offering everything from breakfast to lunch and après parties. Each day will feature a different country or region participating in the races and will showcase cultural food, beverages, DJ entertainment, prize drawings and more. The InterX Pavilion is free and open to the public; food and beverage will be available for purchase. Featured countries will include USA, Italy, Norway, France, Austria, Chile, Slovenia and more. Guests can test their skills on the ski racing #ChallengetheChampions Ski Simulator, collect the Pin-of-the-Day and Racer Roundup Trading Cards.
Beaver Creek’s Ivy League Ski School- World Championship Lesson Experiences
The Game Changer – 2015 World Championships Max 3: Small group coaching will help you understand your technique and how it compares to the athletes competing in the World Championships. Spend time observing the athletes, assessing their movements, discussing the differences and similarities, and ultimately change your skiing as a result.
The Hero – 2015 World Championships Ultimate 4: For children (ages 7 to teen). Enjoy the safety, security, and individualized attention of small group coaching for your children with special emphasis placed on race fundamentals. Observe and learn from the best athletes in the world as they compete at the World Championships. Our instructors will provide individual coaching to help improve race technique and tactics.
The Champion – 2015 World Championships Private Tour/Lesson: Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be the best in the world. Your private guide takes you to the venues and gives you an insider’s view at where the athletes practice, train, and prepare their equipment. One on one direct coaching from a trained professional instructor gives you the opportunity to understand how you stack up with ski racing’s world class athletes.
Investments with Longevity and Guest Benefits
Upon being selected to host the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2010, Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts, along with the Vail Valley Foundation, immediately began planning and preparation has been underway for several years now. The investments made on and off the slopes will be on display when the world descends on Vail and Beaver Creek this winter, and more importantly, resort guests will reap the benefits for years to come. Recent improvements at Beaver Creek include a new high speed quad chairlift in Rose Bowl, 17 new acres of terrain that is part of the new Raptor ladies’ speed course, snowmaking improvements, Talons Restaurant, which serves as the press center for World Cup and the World Championships, and a new combination chairlift that debuted Nov. 26, 2014.
White Glove Winter Package
Beaver Creek pulls out all the stops with the ultimate White Glove Winter Package. Treat yourself and three guests to a ski vacation experience that will spoil you for anywhere else. Every detail is attended to and amenities start with first class airfare to Vail/Beaver Creek’s Eagle Airport (EGE), private helicopter transportation that will whisk you away to the base of Beaver Creek Mountain and a private car that will deliver you to an on-mountain cabin all your own. After arriving at the resort, your personal Ski School Ambassador will greet you with a champagne toast at the luxurious and secluded Trappers Cabin nestled high on the mountain. Trappers Cabin sets the bar for luxury and attention to detail and unlike any other mountain property; this cabin boasts modern amenities in a mountain-paradise setting. Your private chef will prepare gourmet meals while you work up an appetite on the slopes with your private Ski School Ambassador from our Ivy League of Ski Schools. The package also includes four Epic Passes, apparel from Helly Hansen, first tracks before the lifts open and more. Embrace the finer things in mountain life with this unforgettable vacation package valued at $50,000. Visit www.beavercreek.com/whiteglove to learn more about the White Glove Winter Package or book by calling 877-774-6223 (PRIMA 223.)
New Elevated Ski School Private Lesson
Beaver Creek Ski School is elevating its private lesson product this winter to include express chairlift access through a special lane at designated lifts (different from the regular ski school lane), ski valet service and access to an exclusive on mountain fine dining lunch experience at SaddleRidge. In addition to the customized day offered by the school’s top pros in a private lesson, the elevated lesson is designed to blend Beaver Creek’s legendary guest service with its Ivy League Ski School experience.
Women’s Social Ski Tour
Beaver Creek’s Women’s Social Ski Tour provides moms with little ones or women seeking to enjoy themselves on the slopes with a couple of hours mid-day to meet each other, build confidence and ski with other like-minded women. The two-hour ski-along allows time for kids ski school drop off in the morning or spa and exercise time, while also creating a supportive, fun ski social environment. A dynamic female from the Ski School Ambassador team guides the group Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and it ends with a hot chocolate break on the mountain.
New Women’s-Only Ski School Lesson
Beaver Creek is now offering a new women’s-only beginner ski school lesson that is offered during select time-periods during the season, designed to provide moms with little ones or women seeking to learn, a chance to enjoy themselves on the slopes for a couple of hours mid-day while building confidence and skiing with other like-minded women. The shorter duration lesson will allow time for kids ski school drop off in the morning or spa and exercise time, while also creating a supportive, fun ski lesson environment. Whether you’re a female that’s new to the sport of skiing, returning after years away, or ready to maximize a ski vacation, the pros at Beaver Creek’s Ski School recognize that this special lesson product meets better timing needs and they will tailor instruction to fit the preferences for each ability level. Visit www.beavercreek.com for more information.
New Beaver Creek Cookie & Crepe Company
Beaver Creek’s daily Cookie Time tradition can now be enjoyed even after the clock strikes 3 p.m. and chefs serve hungry skiers warm chocolate chip cookies at the foot of the slopes. New this winter, Cookie Time fans will have the opportunity to purchase and take home their favorite chocolate chip cookies from the Beaver Creek Cookie & Crepe Company, located adjacent to the Covered Bridge. In addition to cookies, they serve sweet and savory crepes including such favorites as the Après Crepe- Nutella and bananas, as well as the Grouse Crepe, a chicken-bacon savory treat.
Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend
The fourth annual Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend returns Jan. 22-25, 2015, featuring a four-day winter culinary celebration on the slopes. Get up close and personal as Beaver Creek’s acclaimed local chefs and this year’s guests chefs, including Tim Love, Nicholas Elmi, Alex Seidel, Jason Patz, Matt McCallister and Viet Pham, produce palate-pleasing and unique food and wine events. The event lineup includes casual, yet interactive and fun festivities such as the Wine Dinner and Line Dancing at SaddleRidge, Meet the Chefs Reception, Après-Ski Burgers and Beers, a Snowshoe Gourmet Lunch, Ski.Eat.Ski, Grand Tasting and the finale Celebrity Chef Ski Race and Brunch. Visit www.beavercreek.com/foodandwine for more details.
12th Annual Talons Challenge
Designed to showcase the resort’s steepest and bumpiest black diamond and double black diamond runs, Talons Challenge participants test their mettle and tackle 26,000 vertical in one day across 14 runs including Golden Eagle trail, home of the legendary Birds of Prey World Cup and 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Grouse Mountain, and on the flanks of Larkspur Bowl. On March 7, 2015, competitors will try to earn a spot on the touch-screen, digital wall of fame showcased at Talons Restaurant.
Toscanini Establishes New Menu and Welcomes Executive Chef Paul Wade
Toscanini Restaurant, located in the heart of Beaver Creek Village, is offering a new traditional, family-friendly, Italian style menu this winter inspired by new Executive Chef, Paul Wade. Wade is a California wine country native with a national reputation for his creative approach to American cuisine highlighted by an emphasis on hand-crafted, organic, sustainable and small farm food sources. Wade’s new menu is influenced from the northern regions of Italy, which offers a very similar symbiotic relationship with the mountains of Colorado, making a natural convergence toward alpine cuisine. Guests can enjoy après, happy hour and dinner inside or on the patio overlooking Beaver Creek’s outdoor ice skating rink seven days a week beginning at 3 p.m. Chef Wade and team are also serving up a new Tuscan Hot Chocolate tasting tradition complete with Panforte samples each day at 3 p.m. Three-course prix fixe menus will be offered before Vilar Performing Arts Center shows and live music can be experienced on the patio in March for après from 3 to 6 p.m. Toscanini offers a homemade menu and an extensive wine list consisting of 100 percent Italian wines and received its 16th consecutive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
Named as one of Travel & Leisure’s “America’s Best Ski Resort Restaurants” in 2014, Talons Restaurant offers a European-inspired gourmet menu featuring favorites such as the Schinkenstrulle (Black Forest Ham, Swiss cheese, fried egg, tomato, garlic aioli and sourdough), Colorado Lamb Burger and tossed to order salads, Aged Dunkel-Cheddar and other homemade soups and more, enjoyed in an upscale cafeteria setting. The Brink, named after a part of the men’s Birds of Prey downhill course, is an indoor- outdoor bar area offering signature cocktails and other libations. The expansive outdoor deck offers a great spot to refuel with bison burgers, brats and more. Originally constructed in 1997 as Red Tail Camp, Talons serves as the press center for the annual Men’s Birds of Prey World Cup held each December and it will be the on-mountain press center for the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in February. This restaurant was built over the summer of 2013.
New Burton and Kjus Stores
Vail Resorts Retail is enhancing the shopping experience in Beaver Creek Village with the addition of two new retail stores. Kjus at Beaver Creek Sports, a ski and active lifestyle apparel company for men and women of uncompromised quality, design and maximum performance, opened on the resort’s winter opening day and is the first Kjus storefront in North America on the main shopping promenade in the village. Founded by Norwegian ski racing Olympic champion Lasse Kjus, the new store offers the largest selection of Kjus clothing in the country. Burton, the #1 snowboard company on the planet, also opened its doors on opening day in the heart of the village. The Burton store features snowboards, boots, and bindings for rental and retail for all ability levels, plus they offer the best in Burton outerwear, casual wear, and accessories. Full-service snowboard tuning is also available.
Eagle Airport Winter 2014-2015
Fly direct to Eagle Airport (EGE) with nonstop service from 10 cities across the country and connections from virtually anywhere in North America, Europe, Latin America and South America. In the winter season, Eagle Airport is served by American, Delta and United from markets including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul and New York/JFK and Newark. Eagle Airport is located just 30 minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek. For current flight schedules visit www.flyvail.com.
New EpicMix Guide
EpicMix Guide is the fifth generation of the groundbreaking and award-winning EpicMix application, following the introductions of EpicMix Photo, EpicMix Racing and EpicMix Academy. EpicMix Guide will re-imagine how skiers and snowboarders maximize their time on the mountain by using guest input to generate a customized, step-by-step navigational guide to experience Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge or Keystone in Colorado, Canyons in Utah, or Heavenly, Northstar or Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe like a long-time local. Guests will have the ability to log into any one of the various EpicMix channels (app, mobile web, desktop) and answer a variety of questions including: desired resort, starting location at the resort, terrain difficulty desired, and length of time available. EpicMix Guide then pours over 350 possible itineraries to automatically generate the optimal route for that guest on that day. Once an itinerary is completed, skiers and riders can share their itinerary, along with photos and other stats about their day, on social media through Facebook and Twitter.
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