PHOTO ALERT: Opening day at Beaver Creek

25 November 2009

PHOTO ALERT: Beaver Creek's opening day included 13 features in the Lumberyard Terrain Park. Credit: Cody Downard, Beaver Creek Resort

 Beaver Creek, Colo. –Nov. 25, 2009– Beaver Creek Resort kicked off the 2009-2010 season at 9 a.m. this morning, providing skiers and riders with top-to-bottom skiing on the Centennial Express Lift, plus 13 features in the Lumberyard Terrain Park and beginner terrain accessed by the Buckaroo Express Gondola. The opening also kicked off the winter events season with the World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie competition, soon to be followed by the Holiday Tree Lighting event Friday. Nov. 27 and the Birds of Prey World Cup Dec. 4-6. Visit Beavercreek.com for updates on events, terrain, lodging deals and snowfall. 

What’s New at Beaver Creek
Tubing Headed to New Heights
Known for its diverse and abundant family activities, Beaver Creek Resort is taking its tubing program to new heights. For the 2009-2010 season there will be a new, surface lift-served three lane tubing hill operating daily from 2 p.m. to dusk mid-December to April. The tubing lanes run 300 feet in length and will be located just below The Ranch, our on-mountain children’s ski school center. The price is $20 per half hour and tickets will be available at The Ranch. For reservations this winter call 754-5368 starting Nov. 25. 

 Mamie’s Mountain Grill
Mamie’s Mountain Grill is a new outdoor dining option at Beaver Creek that will be located at the top of the Bachelor Gulch Express Lift overlooking scenic McCoy Park. The eatery is named after one of the early Bachelor Gulch settlers. Situated south-facing among a secluded aspen grove, its large sunny deck delivers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Mamie’s unique menu will feature “grill your own” options of Colorado lamb or chicken and burgers, homemade signature soups, Euro dogs, Paninis and a myriad of other options. Select domestic, imported and micro-brewed beers as well as warm Gluwein and non-alcoholic choices will be available. Open daily during ski season from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and providing picnic table seating for more than 100 skiers and snowboarders, Mamie’s is sure to become a must-visit spot.

 Beaver Creek Family Challenge
This winter Beaver Creek is introducing a new weekly activity to its family programming lineup. The Beaver Creek Family Challenge
is a team race that takes place on Friday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. throughout Beaver Creek Village and consists of unconventional physical and mental challenges. Teams of two or more of all ages are welcome to participate. Winning teams receive a medal and pride. Races start and finish near the base of Centennial Express Lift #6. Waivers must be signed by participants or a parent or guardian. The weekly Family Challenge begins January 8 and runs through April 2 and is one of numerous Family Programming activities in addition to Disco Skate Night on Mondays; Twilight snowshoe Tours on Tuesdays; Rail Jam on Wednesdays and Saturdays; Thursday Night Lights and the Crystal Grotto Children’s show which is free for kids 12 and under on Saturdays at 3 p.m. For additional information visit Beavercreek.com.

 Lodging Deals
Talons Challenge Package: Test your mettle on January 23, 2010 in the Talons Challenge where you can ski over 23,000 vertical feet in one day.  After 13 of Beaver Creek’s toughest mogul runs what could be better than a relaxing night? During the Talon's Challenge Weekend enjoy rates starting at $79 at The Pines Lodge or The Osprey at Beaver Creek. This package is valid 1/21/10 - 1/24/10 and includes lodging at the Pines Lodge or Osprey at Beaver Creek plus tax and resort fee.  Minimum night stays may apply. To book call (800) 608-4849 or visit Beavercreek.com/talonschallenge.

Vilar PAC Lodging and Lift Packages
During your ski vacation explore cultural and the arts at Beaver Creek’s Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC). Special lodging and lift packages start at just $135 per person for one night of lodging and one lift ticket plus the cost for the VPAC show. The Vilar’s intimate 530 seat theater provides year-round performances including classical, dance, comedy, broadway/musical, family programming and a variety of concerts. To view a list of VPAC packages and shows, visit Beavercreek.com or call 888-500-5174. Packages must be booked by Dec. 15, 2009.

Master Chef Classic Package
Beaver Creek Resort and Bon Appétit magazine are delighted to announce the 12th Annual Beaver Creek Master Chef Classic, Jan. 28-30, 2009. Epicurean enthusiasts will have the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s greatest chefs for exclusive dinners, tastings and informative culinary seminars. There’s something to satisfy the appetite of every gastronome and five-star skiing on a World Cup mountain is the perfect aperitif. Two or three-day lodging and event packages start at $564 per person for two nights of lodging at The Charter in Beaver Creek, two days of skiing and tickets to the Grand Tasting event. For $851 per person guests receive three nights of lodging, three days of skiing and tickets for the Master Chef Dinner, attend the Master Chef Challenge. To book visit Beavercreek.com or call (970) 845-5974.

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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, Heavenly Mountain Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and the Caribbean. 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 the consumer website is www.snow.com.

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