Wednesday, Nov. 25 Marks Opening Day for Beaver Creek Resort

23 November 2015
  • 50+ Inches of Snowfall Avails Most-Open Terrain in More Than a Decade for Opening Day;
  • 12th Annual World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition Sweetens Ski Season’s Premier
Beaver Creek, Colo., Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 – Wednesday, Nov. 25 marks the official opening day for Beaver Creek Resort.  Skiers and riders will enjoy more than 720 acres of terrain – the most terrain offered on opening day since 2002.

Season to date, the resort has already received more than 50 inches of natural snowfall; and home to one of North America’s most sophisticated snowmaking infrastructures, Beaver Creek has benefited from ideal snowmaking conditions throughout opening day preparation.

“Early-season snowfall combined with snowmaking efforts have made for extraordinary opening day conditions,” said Doug Lovell, chief operating officer for Beaver Creek.  “We’re looking forward to offering guests superb skiing and riding, as well as a wide variety of terrain on the main mountain and in Bachelor Gulch.  We’re thrilled to welcome the 2015-2016 season.”

Opening day invites guests to access all levels of terrain beginning at 9 a.m. via:
Buckaroo Gondola (Lift #1)                Rose Bowl Express (Lift #4)
Centennial Express (Lift #6)              Cinch Express (Lift #8)
Strawberry Park Express (Lift #12)    Bachelor Gulch Express (Lift #16)
Selection of Beginner Surface Lifts

Opening Day Presents 5,000 Chocolate Chip Cookies
Opening day will also host one of Beaver Creek’s most-anticipated traditions – the 12th Annual World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition.  Tasting and judging begins at 2 p.m. in the Beaver Creek Village, during which 5,000 gourmet chocolate chip cookies will be served.  Participation is complimentary and all guests are invited.  Announced at 3 p.m. as People’s Choice, the winner will receive coveted bragging rights as well as fame and glory on Beaver Creek’s Cookie Competition page and $1,000.  “Our recipe is 14 years in the making,” said Schariar Milfeld, a Battle Mountain High School senior and Avon, CO resident. Ms. Milfeld’s recipe, 14ers, is one of the five finalists. “My dad and I have been perfecting the recipe for 14 years and we’re surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks, so we named the recipe ‘14ers’.”  Immediately following the winning recipe, Beaver Creek’s daily tradition, Cookie Time, will offer additional freshly-baked gourmet chocolate chip cookies. 

Chocolate chip cookies are Beaver Creek’s perennial tradition and in addition to the annual competition, the resort’s cherished Cookie Time will continue to serve warm, freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies daily at 3 p.m. – during which time chefs stroll throughout the Beaver Creek Village with silver platters of the signature treat, offering them to all guests and passersby.  Beaver Creek’s Cookie Time serves more than 500,000 cookies each year. 

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Scheduled for Friday, Nov. 27
Beaver Creek’s 35th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony ushers in another world-class ski season and the beginning of the holiday season at Beaver Creek.  The Tree Lighting Ceremony features a holiday poetry contest, ice skating show, performances by various artists, an early visit from Santa Claus, and spectacular fireworks over the Beaver Creek Village. 

About Beaver Creek Resort:  Renowned for legendary attention to detail, World-Cup mountain pedigree, intimate alpine village, and reputation as one the world’s top luxury destinations, Beaver Creek Resort represents incomparable elegance and Rocky Mountain leisure which spoils guests for anywhere else with an unparalleled level of world-class service. Just 30 minutes east of Eagle Airport (EGE) and 2.5 hours west of Denver International Airport (DIA), Beaver Creek offers luxury accommodations throughout three villages and ski-in, ski-out luxury lodges and hotels.  More than 40 in-resort and slope-side restaurants, elegant village boutiques, cherished daily traditions and activities such as world-class downhill skiing and snowboarding spanning 1832 acres with 3340 vertical feet of descent, snow shoeing, Nordic skiing, and ice skating in the Beaver Creek village.  Visit for additional information and vacation planning. 
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. The Company’s subsidiaries operate nine world-class mountain resorts and two urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. The Company owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development 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 and consumer website is



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