2011-2012 WINTER NEWS
Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Beaver Creek Resort as the No. 1 ski resort in North America in its 16th annual Reader Survey, which was released in December. Rated on the best experiences a ski resort can offer, readers acknowledge the mountain’s terrain, chairlifts, après activities and luxurious hotels. This great honor offers a nod to the resorts’ relentless commitment to providing award-winning guest service and an experience of a lifetime for guests.
Beaver Creek Resort and FOOD & WINE have teamed up for a three-day winter culinary celebration on the slopes: the Beaver Creek FOOD & WINE Weekend, Jan. 26-28, 2012. Chef’s John Besh, Tim Love, Marc Murphy, Stephanie Izard, Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson and Richard Sandoval will join local host chefs to produce a palate-pleasing culinary extravaganza featuring casual, yet interactive and fun events from après-ski to First Tracks on the slopes to exclusive dinners with menus meticulously prepared by celebrity chefs. Individual event tickets to exclusive VIP Packages are available.
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 has implemented something that no other resort or ski mountain is doing - taking and giving free on-mountain photos for guests to easily share on Facebook, Twitter and other social sites. Guests are now able to have photos taken and combine them with their vertical feet, digital pins and memories of special moments of their visit through the new EpicMix platform. Additionally, EpicMix has expanded its program to nearly all guests this year through an upgrade to "smart" RF-enabled lift tickets by replacing single day paper tickets, with “hard card” media that are RF-enabled. For more information and to watch a video of EpicMix, visit http://www.epicmixphoto.com.
New High Speed Quad Chairlift for Beaver Creek
The much-anticipated Rose Bowl high speed Doppelmayr quad chairlift opened in December and has forever changed the ski experience at Beaver Creek. Transporting 2,400 people per hour, the new side-load chair’s ride time is now just over five minutes. For skiers and snowboarders, this means more slope time as guests can better spread out across the entire mountain, reducing the density impacts on the Cinch Express (Chair 8) and Centennial Express Lifts (Chair 6). Increased grooming operations in Rose Bowl, including some of the bowl’s black diamond runs, are 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
NewMax 3 Coaching Clinics
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, eliminating 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. We recommend registering online for ski school in advance of arrival, and let the dedicated Kids’ Ski School staff and Ripperoo the Ski School mascot entertain your children with face painting, snacks, music, balloons, high fives and hugs while mom and dad simply complete paperwork, ask questions and get the gear set up in advance, ensuring the first day on snow is all about learning and fun. Ripperoo’s Rockin’ Registration is offered on specific dates; including: Feb. 18-19, 2012; March 10-11, 17-18, and 31, 2012; and April 1, 2012. Visit www.beavercreek.com.
New Nordic Adventures
New Black Diamond Bistro Restaurant at The Charter
Richard Sandoval Restaurants is a leading international restaurant group with outlets in Denver, Las Vegas, New York City, Santa Monica, Washington DC, Mexico, Dubai and Qatar. Owned by acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval, the group includes Tamayo in Denver; Zengo in Denver, Washington DC, New York City and Santa Monica; La Sandia in Denver, Washington DC metro area and Santa Monica; Maya in New York City and Dubai; Pampano in New York City and Qatar; El Centro D.F. and Masa 14 in Washington DC; and Venga Venga in Snowmass Village. Chef Sandoval has developed custom menus for American Airlines First Class dining, as well as Raya at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; Ketsi and Bahia at the Four Seasons, Punta Mita; La Hacienda at the Fairmont Princess, Scottsdale; Brasserie La Moderna at Hotel Brick, Mexico City; T&T at the Luxor, Las Vegas; DohYO and TERRACE at Yotel, New York; Toro Toro at Grosvenor House, Dubai; and Cima at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon at Beaver Creek Mountain. For more information visit www.richardsandoval.com.
Be sure to experience our Enomatic Wine Dispenser, one of three in Colorado and only one of two of the Elite Enomatic line in the state. Enjoy our "Sweet Sixteen" wines that are perfectly stored using controlled temperatures and Argon gas surrounding them, in a 1.5 oz taste, a 3 oz 1/2 glass or a 6 oz full glass. Wines are subject to change throughout the year.
Our extensive Tapas menu is created by Executive Chef Mike Bickelhaupt with the traditional Spanish tapas in mind. Enjoy our Albondigas, scallops, lobster stuffed mushrooms, and so many more delectable treats including soups, charcuterie, and of course, chocolate.
Enjoy coffee from Colorado's own Dazbog Coffee Company - roasted slowly in small batches in their authentic Italian brick ovens for the most even roast and the most delicious beans you can find. We serve a dark, light and decaf coffee daily and in our delicious espresso drinks made with the finest Italian machines from La Marcozza - only the best for our customers! Our breakfast service includes sandwiches using Wolferman's English Muffins and real Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, breakfast wraps, yogurt parfaits and stone cut oatmeal. We have an offering of fresh fruit, juices and waters available for the light breakfast eater as well.
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Birds of Prey World Cup
Beaver Creek’s incredible early season snow conditions earned the resort three additional Birds of Prey World Cup World Cup races due to a lack of snowfall in Europe in early December. In addition to the regularly scheduled races Dec. 2-4, FIS officials also added a men’s giant slalom, slalom and for the first-time ever, the women raced Super G on the Birds of Prey. Reigning World Championship gold medalist and overall giant slalom champion from 2010, Ted Ligety showed he’s still the man to beat in this discipline with two podiums at Beaver Creek in 2011. Hometown hero Lindsey Vonn attacked the course for her first victory on U.S. soil in the women’s first-ever Super G race on Birds of Prey. 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 and camaraderie among athletes from 70 nations. 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.
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 restaurant 8100 at the Park Hyatt hotel to the east. In between, convenience is 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, signing up for lessons is a luxury. The Village 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” including: 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 and explore the magical children’s fountain, ice skating rink, statues and more, while parents can relax knowing they are safe.
Kids’ Ultimate 4, the popular Ski School program is in 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
Beaver Creek Loves Kids and 1st Annual Prezfest
Beaver Creek Resort presents the 1st annual PrezFest celebration this President’s Day week as part of the popular family program, Beaver Creek Loves Kids. PrezFest will take place from Feb. 18, 2012 – Feb. 25, 2012 and will be a celebration of nation’s presidents and as well as a Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The weeklong event will feature historical elements and decoration, and interactive family events and activities that are designed to animate Beaver Creek Village and bring the President’s Day and Mardi Gras fun to visiting families.
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 once 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 can 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.
Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) in the Heart of the Village
Rentskis.com Gold Club
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.
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.
- 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.
- Tradition: Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday weekend at Beaver Creek with the 31st annual traditional Holiday Tree Lighting in Beaver Creek Ice Rink.
- The new outdoor Wedding Deck at Spruce Saddle is a huge hit with summer brides.
- Village Transportation offers complimentary and on-demand transportation for resort guests between Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead.
- Beaver Creek grooms a black or double black diamond in each of its pods once the mountain is fully open.
- Beano’s and Zach’s Cabins feature multi-course gourmet dinners reached via snowcat-pulled sleigh rides under starry skies.
- Beaver Creek’s dedicated group sales team provides all of the services needed to plan your next small or large group meeting.
- Village Transportation, Beaver Creek’s on demand shuttles, drive you anywhere throughout the Village.
About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, and the Heavenly Ski Resort and Northstar California in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort property and hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.