2018-2019 Winter News and Story Ideas
Beaver Creek Resort is the number one luxury family resort in the world. From a new mountaintop family adventure area to the long-standing tradition of warm chocolate chip cookies served at 3 p.m., Beaver Creek provides legendary attention to detail, rarefied experiences and believes in being perpetual hosts. Savor the best of Beaver Creek through its signature experiences like an open sleigh-ride to Beano’s Cabin for an elegant dinner or to Allie’s Cabin for Allie’s Family Dinners. It is a resort built on traditions. Traditions that keep families coming back year-after-year and welcome families visiting for the first time. A sophisticated family experience, Beaver Creek’s intimate alpine village located at the base of the mountain provides a seamless experience, and the perfect place to warm up by the fire after a day on the slopes.

NEW 2018-2019: Beaver Creek’s Ivy League of Ski School Opens New Haymeadow Park Learning Area
Following the debut of Red Buffalo Park during the 2017-2018 season, Beaver Creek Resort is building on its reputation as the world’s best luxury family resort by debuting a second signature learning area in 2018-2019. With the reimagined Haymeadow Park, Beaver Creek will have the most dedicated learning terrain in the state of Colorado. At the heart of Haymeadow Park are a beginner gondola and lift, Haymeadow Express Gondola (#1) and Highlands Lift (#2), plus adjacent magic carpets designed for beginner skiers and riders of all ages. Beaver Creek’s innovative learning terrain is designed around creating the most enjoyable beginner experience with snow terrain features perfectly sculpted to ensure a guests’ first skiing and riding experience is positive. Terrain improvements include a learning area with small terrain features, a beginner race course, Buffalo Bumps and Berms, and Ske-Cology environmental learning. Haymeadow Park amenities also include culinary delights such as the new Ice Cream Parlour located at the The Ranch offering nostalgic ice cream novelties or a quick soup and sandwich lunch. An exclusive specialty kid-designed restaurant lunch area is also provided at The Ranch for kids enrolled in Ski School. For more discerning palates, guests can enjoy gourmet, ski-in lunch service at SaddleRidge Restaurant, renowned for its gourmet Colorado regional cuisine.
NEW 2018-2019: Willy the Mountain Safety Dog
Beaver Creek’s newest ambassador can’t give you directions or carry your skis. But if you stop by and shake his paw, he’ll share some safety tips on the mountain! Willy, Beaver Creek’s first-ever Mountain Safety dog, will be accompanying Beaver Creek’s Mountain Safety team to spread the word about safety on the hill. While Willy is not a certified avalanche rescue dog, he and his handler, Mark Carll, have an equally important mission of educating Beaver Creek guests about safely skiing and riding in the mountains. Willy, a golden retriever, joined the Beaver Creek team in the summer of 2018, and is most definitely the cutest new member of the team. Be sure to follow Willy’s travels around Beaver Creek this winter using the hashtag #WillyBeSafe.’
NEW 2018-2019: Beaver Creek Unveils New Winter Programming
This December, Beaver Creek will reveal its new winter programming, Invitation to Discover: a lineup of wonder-filled experiences designed to peak curious imaginations and create meaningful family memories. Guests are invited to come build new traditions through unexpected adventures full of thrilling surprises and inspiring explorations. Themed experiences throughout the village will change daily over certain weeks surrounding Christmas, President’s Day and Spring Break, leaving endless discoveries to be made.
 
NEW 2020-2021: McCoy Park Expansion*
Beaver Creek Resort, renowned for world-class on- and off-mountain offerings with a strong focus on families, announced that it is pursuing a dedicated family-friendly zone on the mountain at McCoy Park. The resort is proposing lift-served ski terrain at McCoy Park, located at the top of the Strawberry Park Lift and currently offering Nordic and snowshoe trails. The improvements are within the resort’s permit area and were accepted as part of the approved 2010 master development plan that outlines zoning concepts. McCoy Park would add about 250 acres to the resort mountain’s skiable terrain. The project would develop 17 trails, the majority of which would be “groomable glades.” Approximately 75 percent (190 acres) of this terrain would be rated beginner, with the remaining 25 percent (60 acres) rated intermediate. Vegetation clearing would be limited to less than 30 acres that will be mitigated by a 1:1 tree restoration project. The proposal includes two lifts – the McCoy Park Express and an egress lift. Access to McCoy Park would be made possible via three proposed skiways from the top of Larkspur Express, Strawberry Park Express and Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express. Further, the proposed winter-only improvements for McCoy Park will be designed to minimize impacts to the wildlife habitat, including to the deer and elk in the area. In addition to no summer activity in the area, existing elk calving closures will be maintained. A construction plan will be developed to best minimize impacts. In addition, Beaver Creek will voluntarily work with the Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to develop any further wildlife enhancement efforts. New trails will be created to maintain a cross-country skiing and snowshoeing experience at McCoy Park separate from the downhill skiing terrain. *All plans are subject to U.S. Forest Service approval, and a decision is expected later this year, with a two-year proposed build-out.
Beaver Creek’s Red Buffalo Park Experience
To improve the experience for beginner and intermediate skiers and further establish Beaver Creek as the World’s best luxury resort for families, Beaver Creek Resort debuted a new 200-acre family learning area accessed by a new high-speed lift in December 2017. Red Buffalo Park, located at the mountain’s highest elevation, 11,440 feet, provides 13 trails designated as a family adventure zone and features family-friendly amenities such as snow sculptures throughout the park, Kids Adventure Zones and a dedicated Ski School Skills Zone. Guests enrolled in Beaver Creek Ski School will have exclusive access to the Cookie Cabin, a mountaintop refuge serving up Beaver Creek’s famed, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies all-day long. At the heart of the experience, the new Red Buffalo Express Lift (#5), a high-speed quad, allows for easier access to the dedicated beginner terrain while decreasing lift lines and providing a shorter, 4.3-minute ride to the top of the mountain.
Beaver Creek Reserve
Beaver Creek Reserve is a collection of signature experiences that invites guests to partake in an entirely higher threshold of quality and service. These offerings exemplify Beaver Creek’s legendary attention to detail, each moment designed to go above and beyond the expected by thoughtfully perfecting each detail in the superior guest experience. Simply put, Beaver Creek Reserve consists of the finest offerings that are unique to Beaver Creek.
First Tracks at Beaver Creek
First Tracks provides a sophisticated take on a classic idea of being the first person on the mountain. Cherish unrivaled scenic beauty at sunrise, delight over premier access to flawless snow surface conditions, and savor a five-star gourmet breakfast on the mountain at the exclusive Allie’s Cabin on the mountain. Guests board the Centennial Express Lift at 7:30 a.m., enjoy a private, guided tour of the mountain’s flawlessly curated slopes and relax over breakfast – all before the resort opens for the day. First Tracks are offered on select dates throughout winter.


White Carpet Club
Beaver Creek’s White Carpet Club – the exclusive, private retreat within the heart of Beaver Creek Village – welcomes resort guests to join for the duration of a vacation. Located steps from the escalator leading to Centennial Express Lift, the White Carpet Club hosts spacious lockers for storing apparel and accessories; boot dryers; a continental service island offering coffees, teas, cocoa, and decadent morsels; private restroom facilities and an intimate lounge adorned with soft, cozy seating. The dedicated on-site concierge offers instant assistance with lift ticket and pass purchases, as well as dinner and activity guidance and reservations. Priority access to SaddleRidge Restaurant – renowned for ski-in fine dining during lunch and dinner – is also a distinct benefit. Privileges such as preferred parking and slope-side equipment check lavish guests with a seamless, tranquil vacation experience.  White Carpet Club members enjoy the advantage of additional convenience, the luxury of dedicated guest service, and the perfect balance between access and escape.
Allie’s Cabin Family Dinners via Open Sleigh
Allie’s Cabin Family Dinners welcome guests to savor gourmet fare catered exclusively to children and families. Guests are whisked from the Beaver Creek Village to the cabin via an open-air sleigh, welcomed with warm, cozy lodge slippers and treated to a three-course buffet dinner – complete with kids’ favorites. Families dine aside the glowing floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace; enjoy sweeping views of the Beaver Creek Village below, as well as time together in the intimate space of one of Beaver Creek’s three private on-mountain restaurants. Traditionally renowned for an atmosphere of rustic, intimate elegance, reputed five-course wine dinners, and White Glove First Tracks gourmet breakfasts, Allie’s Cabin pours forth a refined, yet family-centric, theme for its new Family Dinners – to be cherished by kids and kids at heart. Twice per week during the winter.
 
Allie’s Cabin Featured Wine Dinners
Allie’s Cabin, one of Beaver Creeks’ three famed private, on-mountain fine dining cabins, welcomes guests for Featured Wine Dinners with a celebrated collection of wineries, accompanied by a stunning fireworks display over Beaver Creek Village. Guests arrive via open-air sleigh for a gourmet culinary experience in the cozy cabin. While savoring exquisite food and wine pairings, guests enjoy a warm fireplace and sweeping views of the Beaver Creek Village, illuminated by Thursday Night Lights Fireworks. Classic contemporary regional fare offers the perfect pairing for the featured wines of the evening.
 
Dinner at Beano’s Cabin
The award winning restaurant sits atop the slopes of Beaver Creek Resort within the White River National Forest. Nestled in a mountain meadow that was once a lettuce patch and home to the pioneer farmer and restaurant namesake Frank “Beano” Bienkowski, this luxurious log cabin truly elevates fine dining into a feast for the senses. Ascending to Beano’s Cabin awakens the appetite for the gourmet menu that is accompanied by a breathtaking wine list. The ride to Beano’s Cabin provides spectacular views of towering Grouse Mountain and Larkspur Bowl. Upon arrival, a cozy stone hearth and blazing fire welcomes you to chase away the evening chill lingering from the excursion up. Antler chandeliers light up the vaulted ceilings and make the wall of windows in the dining room shine. An open kitchen design allows guests to immediately enjoy the sights and smells of the meal to come.


Dinner at Zach’s Cabin
Perched on the mountainside high above Bachelor Gulch with the uninterrupted views of the magnificent Gore Range, Zach's is the epitome of fine dining at its peak. Guests are whisked away for a starlit sleigh ride, pulled by a Beaver Creek Snow Cat. Famous for its artful assemblage of fresh Rocky Mountain fare featuring the finest regional and seasonal ingredients paired with excellent vintages for the perfect dinner experience. 
 
Winter Wine Excursions
Winter Wine Excursions are a unique way to experience a different side of Beaver Creek with a guided snowshoe tour and finishing the day with a wine pairing. After meeting just steps from the village at the Beaver Creek Nordic Center, the adventure begins with a ride up the Strawberry Park Express chairlift to McCoy Park, where all ability levels enjoy a guided snowshoe tour while taking in some of the best views around. Following the tour, The Osprey Fireside Grill welcomes guests into its slope-side mountain-modern elegance, where Executive Chef Ryan Murray serves a delicious assortment of charcuterie carefully paired with select wines.
 
Culinary Adventures found only at Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek Candy Cabin
The Beaver Creek Candy Cabin gained fast fame among guests when it opened its doors during winter 2014-2015. Located at the top of Strawberry Park Express and Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express lifts, the Cabin’s vintage candy store design of yesteryear invites kids and kids-at-heart to explore myriad palate-pleasing sweets – and to discover artisan craft chocolates found exclusively at the Candy Cabin. Other popular selections include bulk candy sold by the pound and classic Pepsi products made with real cane sugar. It’s the sweetest place at 9840’.
 
Gourmet Lunch at SaddleRidge
Found only on the slopes of Beaver Creek, the ski-in SaddleRidge Restaurant is renowned for a gourmet lunch set among one of the largest, private collections of American Western artifacts and art in the United States outside of a museum.  Upon arrival, guests slip into soft, cozy slippers, luxuriate within the dining room’s rustic, elegant grandeur, and savor gourmet lunch options such as elk Carpaccio, grilled venison tacos and pan seared Idaho ruby trout.  Executive Chef Adam J. Roth creates an approachable menu with selections ranging from signature wild game, succulent seafood, and seasonal fare; with more than 450 worldly wines and Champagnes from which to choose, guests are invited to find the perfect pairing.  Guests are invited to access the restaurant via both the slopes and via Beaver Creek’s complimentary dial-a-ride shuttle service.

Après at Toscanini Umbrella Bar
Sit back and experience après the Beaver Creek way at the Toscanini Umbrella Bar open daily from 3-9pm. Savor a steaming gourmet hot cocoa, Italian wine and select beers while enjoying ice skaters twirling around the ice rink. Take a seat at the outdoor bar & order a small bite, or cozy up on the fireside couches with the family.
 
Beaver Creek is the Ivy League of Ski Schools
Family Private
Augment family time and hone skills together with a Family Private Lesson. Up to six family members can share in each other’s learnings with a Beaver Creek private instructor, who will fine-tune skills, help explore the mountain with expedited lift access and share local knowledge. A family of similar ski ability is recommended to maximize the effectiveness of this lesson; instruction will take place on terrain aligned with the lowest level skier in the group. Ski instruction only.
Private Mountain Guide
Allow Beaver Creek’s Private Mountain Guide show up to six friends all that Beaver Creek has to offer. Beaver Creek’s professional guide will provide helpful tips, expedited lift access and show terrain and runs never seen before. A Private Mountain Guide is the perfect way to get an inside look at Beaver Creek whether it’s the first time or 50th time visiting. Available for level 5 and above.
 
Vilar Performing Arts Center Presents World-Class Artists   
From ballet and modern dance, Broadway performances and comedy to film, concerts and performing artists for children, the Vilar Performing Arts Center hosts some of the world’s most renowned artists throughout the year.  Nestled in the Beaver Creek Village at the base of the mountain’s World Cup ski slopes, VPAC offers guests perhaps the rarest opportunity to enjoy world-class performers within its peerless setting. The intimate and inviting performance space was designed to exacting specifications to create perfect acoustics and unobstructed views from every seat. Littman's Kunstler Theater 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 Vilar Performing Arts Center Celebrates 20 Years!
During the 2017-18 winter season, the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) observed its 20th anniversary. In celebration of the milestone, the theater underwent immense facility improvements, including a full remodel of its theater seating and flooring with additional enhancements to its cutting edge sound and lighting systems. Further facility remodels include a new, state-of-the-art stage floor which supports heavy production equipment from national Broadway tours yet will be ideal for the most delicate of ballets. For the performing arts enthusiasts, in celebration of the 20th year, the VPAC unveiled a new donor level named the Platinum Club which includes one’s very own, brand new, named box seats.
 
Easy Access from Eagle Airport (EGE)
Eagle County Regional Airport provides non-stop flights from 14 major markets in the winter, and 3 in the summer, which makes getting to Vail and Beaver Creek easy no matter when you visit. One-stop connections are available from over 250 cities worldwide, making EGE the number one choice for frequent visitors to Vail and Beaver Creek. This winter season, Eagle Airport will be serviced by Air Canada, American, Delta and United from markets including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York/JFK, Newark, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington DC. Eagle County Regional Airport is located just 30 minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek. For more information and current flight schedules visit www.flyvail.com
 
EpicMix
Get more out of the time on-mountain with EpicMix, which provides exclusive access to real-time lift line wait times and personalized on-mountain activity including vertical feet, photos, race times, Ski & Snowboard School progress and more. EpicMix is a free app and is available to all guests exploring Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton.

Media Contacts:  
Sally Gunter, 970.754.3001, sgunter@vailresorts.com
Media Guide: news.beavercreek.vailresorts.com
 
 

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