2019-2020 Beaver Creek 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.
Investing in the Guest Experience
From investments in technology to get guests on the mountain faster, to improvements and upgrades to lifts, restaurants and programs, Vail Resorts is continually finding ways to preserve the unique experience of skiing and riding at our vastly different resorts. Over the last decade, the investment in our resorts and the guest experience has been unparalleled with 30 new lifts, 16 new/renovated restaurants and exciting technological innovations totaling $1.2B. We recently announced plans to invest another $175M to $185M in capital for the 2019-20 season, subject to government approval. Our investments have made getting on the mountain easier – not harder – even as skier visits grow.
Enhanced Mountain-to-Village Experience Awaits Families on Opening Day
With the expansion of Beaver Creek’s snowmaking system at Red Buffalo Park, a newly renovated Children’s Ski School, and a remodeled Village, family experiences will start on Opening Day at Beaver Creek Resort. Beaver Creek Resort is enhancing its early-season terrain offerings through the snowmaking expansion in Red Buffalo Park. The additional snowmaking capabilities at Red Buffalo Park will ensure more reliable early-season terrain in a key dedicated learning area of the upper mountain, with the goal of providing more than 3,300 vertical feet of top-to-bottom skiing and riding on opening day each year. An interior renovation of Beaver Creek’s Children Ski School facilities will improve the guest experience for the entire family, from sales and registration to rental equipment fitting. Additionally, a newly remodeled Village will welcome families for one-of-a-kind events and experiences throughout the season. From the top of the mountain to the heart of the Village, seamless family experiences start on Opening Day at Beaver Creek.
Signature Parks Collection: Learn. Explore. Connect.
Beaver Creek is home to the most dedicated learning terrain in the state of Colorado. With the founding of Beaver Creek’s Signature Parks Collection, beginner and intermediate skiers have more terrain built for their skill level than ever before. The dedicated learning areas provide beginner terrain that mimics the setting of advanced trails, granting guests of all ski levels a chance to explore more of our mountain on terrain they are comfortable skiing.
The Signature Parks Collection offers a progressive, extraordinary ski experience for beginner and intermediate skiers who can feel comfortable on the terrain while also discovering the amazing treasures Beaver Creek mountain has to offer, such as mountain-top vistas, groomed glades, adventure zones, and world-class dining.
Red Buffalo Park
To improve the experience for beginner and intermediate skiers and further establish Beaver Creek as the world’s best luxury family resort, Beaver Creek Resort debuted a new 200-acre family learning area accessed by a new high-speed lift in Dec. 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.

Haymeadow Park Learning Area
Following the debut of Red Buffalo Park during the 2017-2018 season, Beaver Creek Resort debuted a second signature learning area in 2018-19. 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 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 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 | McCoy Park Scheduled to Open at Beaver Creek Resort in 2020-21
Scheduled to debut during the 2020-21 winter season, Beaver Creek Resort will add 250 acres of lift-served, welcoming ski terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers to connect and elevate their mountain experience. McCoy Park is the resort’s newest learning area and is a separate, family-friendly zone, allowing for a more relaxed experience for beginner families. McCoy Park will offer 17 trails of natural, groomable glades while maintaining snowshoe and cross-country areas.
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.’
Village Connect
Last season, Beaver Creek Resort debuted a new app providing on-demand transportation services under a new name: Village Connect. Village Connect displays real-time arrival information for the on-demand transportation services within the Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead communities.  The Village Connect App includes the ability to request a fixed route vehicle stop for guests, on demand.
Beaver Creek Reserve
Beaver Creek Reserve encapsulates the essence of what establishes Beaver Creek Resort as the world’s best luxury family resort. From being whisked away in an open-air sleigh for a gourmet meal at one of the resort’s three signature on-mountain cabins to the convenience and high-touch service of the White Carpet Club, participating in the offerings of Beaver Creek Reserve guarantees an elevated experience. The Reserve also consists of First Tracks, a sophisticated take on a classic idea of being the first person on the mountain in the morning, and Winter Wine Excursion, a mountain-top, guided snowshoe tour paired with an après wine tasting. The Beaver Creek Reserve offerings exemplify the resort’s legendary attention to detail and consists of the finest offerings that are unique to Beaver Creek.  

First Tracks at Beaver Creek, from Beaver Creek Reserve
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, from Beaver Creek Reserve
Beaver Creek’s White Carpet Club – an exclusive, private retreat conveniently located just steps from the escalator to Centennial Express Lift – welcomes resort guests looking for a slope-side convenience and a space to call their own during their time at Beaver Creek. Located at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, the White Carpet Club offers slope-side ski and snowboard valet; preferred parking in Ford Hall; an elegant lounge with complimentary WiFi and soft, cozy seating; private, spacious lockers for storing apparel and accessories; boot dryers; a continental service island offering coffees, teas, cocoa, and pastries; and private restroom facilities. The dedicated on-site concierge offers instant assistance with lift ticket and pass purchases, as well as dinner reservations at Beaver Creek’s on-mountain cabins, SaddleRidge, and more. White Carpet Club guests enjoy the advantage of additional convenience, the luxury of dedicated guest service, and the perfect balance between access and escape. New this year, guests with less than four people in their party can book a reservation for just one to two guests.  Additionally, online reservations will be available for select dates throughout the season, and can be booked at beavercreek.com/whitecarpetclub.
Allie’s Cabin Family Dinners via Open Sleigh, from Beaver Creek Reserve
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, from Beaver Creek Reserve
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 Excursion
The Winter Wine Excursion is a unique way to experience a different side of Beaver Creek with a guided snowshoe tour, 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.
Fine Dining at SaddleRidge
Found only on the slopes of Beaver Creek, the ski-in SaddleRidge Restaurant is renowned for a gourmet meal 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 complimentary shuttle through Beaver Creek’s Village Connect app. New this year, lunch is now available at SaddleRidge seven days a week.
Trapper’s Cabin, from Beaver Creek Reserve
Nestled among aspen and pine trees at 9,500 feet, this luxury getaway on Beaver Creek Mountain offers guests an unforgettable Rocky Mountain experience. An elegant log cabin that sleeps up to 10 guests, Trappers Cabin offers skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and mountain biking right outside the door. It also features a cozy fireplace, Jacuzzi tub and magnificent views of the Gore Mountain Range to the east and McCoy Park to the south. Guests will enjoy European-style, village-to-village skiing between Arrowhead, Bachelor Gulch and Beaver Creek village lodging. Guests can create a one-of-a-kind mountain experience by customizing their visit. Culinary events at Trappers Cabin are outstanding in ambiance, service, and cuisine, and the Cabin Keeper can reserve ski school, equipment rentals, massage therapists and any additional activities upon request.
Culinary Adventures found only at Beaver Creek
The Ice Cream Parlour
Located at the top of Haymeadow Express Gondola (#1), the Ice Cream Parlour offers nostalgic ice cream novelties, or a quick soup and sandwich lunch. Menu offerings include a signature Cookie Time Shake, root beer floats, ice cream by the scoop, house-made hot chocolate, grilled cheese, tomato soup, and more. The Ice Cream Parlous is accessible by skis and by foot, and for foot passengers, a lift ticket is not required to ride Haymeadow Express Gondola.
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’.
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 Ski School
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.
Stars Within Reach at the Vilar Performing Arts Center
The Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) in Beaver Creek is an intimate 530-seat theater inspired by the Littman’s Kunstler Theater in Munich, is a facility of unparalleled grandeur, breathtaking architectural design with the highest quality finish work and acoustics available. A year-round schedule of theater, music, comedy, dance and family performances grace Beaver Creek and its guests with renowned performers on par with programming at sophisticated venues in the largest, most cosmopolitan cities around the world. The intimate performance space of the VPAC was designed to exacting specifications to create perfect acoustics and unobstructed views from every seat. The full season lineup can be seen at www.vilarpac.org.
Easy Access from Eagle Airport (EGE)
Eagle County Regional Airport provides non-stop flights from 14 major markets in the winter, and 2 year-round, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Denver, which makes getting to Vail and Beaver Creek super 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. During the winter season, Eagle Airport is serviced by American, Delta and United from markets including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York/JFK, New York/LaGuardia, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Washington Dulles. 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
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Media Contacts:  
Jessie Vandenhouten, 970.754.5169, jvandenhouten@vailresorts.com
Hannah Dixon, 970.754.4528, hldixon@vailresorts.com
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