Beaver Creek Winter Story Ideas 2008-2009

23 November 2008


Beaver Creek introduces The Ranch, a state-of-the-art children’s ski and snowboard school that will revolutionize the way kids learn to turn. The 4,000 square foot, on-mountain center is located at the top of the Buckaroo Express Gondola and is surrounded by premier beginner learning terrain. The center’s picture windows will allow parents to discreetly view their kids learning to ski and ride on customized slopes designed to facilitate the correct body movements. Parents can also rest easy knowing their kids will have healthy and fresh food options at lunchtime. All natural meat, Horizon organic dairy and a yogurt bar will be served as part of Vail Resorts’ Appetite for Life initiative. Wireless touch screen technology at each lunch table will allow instructors to stay seated with the kids while placing food orders. Instructors also are able to review video of the morning sessions on screens set up near the tables, providing feedback and tips for the afternoon. The Ranch is a key part of Beaver Creek’s commitment to offer a top family vacation experience.  Last winter, the resort introduced the kid-friendly Buckaroo gondola, a customized learning area and a beginner terrain park, as well as complimentary family programs each evening.
Discerning travelers will find a sophisticated, luxury, boutique hotel experience just steps from the chairlift this winter.  The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort, formerly known as the Inn at Beaver Creek, is undergoing a $7-million transformation this summer and will be re-launched as RockResorts’ newest addition in time for the 2008-2009 ski and snowboard season. The 41-room hotel, owned by RockResorts, is situated in the heart of Beaver Creek Village and is the closest hotel to a chairlift in North America. The lobby and public spaces will also be renovated to reflect a mountain-chic style along with a new tapas bar offering an extensive wine list and casually elegant atmosphere. The outdoor pool will be enhanced with an après ski deck boasting breathtaking mountain views. The hotel also will have a ski concierge to help guests with their skis, snowboards and boots, as well as store and tune them overnight. 
Gondola Connects Town of Avon to Beaver Creek Mountain
The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, opening this August, is the Vail Valley’s newest luxury resort. Nestled on the banks of the Eagle River at the base of Beaver Creek Resort,this full-service condo hotel features 210 residence-style accommodations ranging from spacious studio suites to three-bedrooms complete withcustom designed contemporary furnishings, large kitchens, fireplaces, LCD televisions and more.The cornerstone of a $500 million resort development also features a signature restaurant by acclaimed chef Thomas Salamunovich, the 23,000 square foot Spa Anjali, and the Riverfront Express Gondola, delivering skiers to Beaver Creek Mountain. The Westin Riverfront is being built “green” from the bottom up and is on track to become Colorado’s first high-end hotel to achieve LEED certification. Introductory rates start at $119 for fall and $249 for early ski season. The hotel is also offering guided fall fly fishing packages starting at $279 per night for two people. Reservations can be made by calling 866-949-1616 or online at
Ski with a Ranger will return for a second season to offer environmental education tours on Beaver Creek Mountain. Join a Forest Service volunteer on the slopes and learn about the National Forest and local ecology while skiing.  Tours meet weekly at the Environmental Learning Center and address different themes each week.  Themes may include Winter Wildlife Adaptations, Local History, Predator and Prey Relationships, Forest Ecology, Wilderness Management, For the Kids: Become a Junior Snow Ranger and more. Open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages, of beginner level and higher. Participants must purchase a lift ticket. 
Beaver Creek’s renowned Trapper's Cabin was fully renovated last winter, and now reflects a "mountain modern" style.  Visitors to this luxury private retreat will find new features including a professional kitchen, remodeled bathrooms, a seven-person outdoor hot tub, decks, fireplaces with intricate stone work, a steam shower and soaking tub, contemporary furnishings, Frete linens, and pool and poker tables. The retreat sleeps up to 10 people, and is situated at 9,500 feet atop Beaver Creek Mountain. Guests are pampered from the moment they arrive, and the cabin's personal chef and cabin keeper cater to their every whim.
Beaver Creek is the recipient of the 2008 Best Overall Safety award from the National Ski Areas Association. Beaver Creek’s safety ambassadors Harry and Milli will show your kids just how much fun it is to ski and ride safely. This winter, the animated characters will team up with the Beaver Creek Children’s Ski and Snowboard School to offer the Harry and Milli Safety Scavenger Hunt. Safety clues will lead kids and their instructors to Harry and Milli’s secret hideaways on the mountain, following a safety talk from Ski Patrol. Other kids’ ski school favorites include Park-ology, an introduction to terrain parks, and the Talons Challenge, a quest to ski or ride 13 of Beaver Creek’s toughest runs in one day. After the lifts close, check out the new Western Family Dinner Theatre, glow stick ski down and fireworks display, kids tubing, ice skating, storytelling around the fire pits and more.
Beaver Creek recorded its snowiest season in history this past winter, with 430 inches of snow providing an unforgettable experience for skiers and snowboarders. Guests can again expect a good quality snow surface when the Winter 08-09 season kicks off on November 26, thanks to one of the most extensive resort snowmaking systems in the nation. New, automated snowmaking will be added to key areas and energy efficient towers will be installed to reduce the amount of compressed air needed for operation.  The work is part of a five-year snowmaking automation and upgrade plan that began last year.
Expect to be pampered during a visit to Beaver Creek. Beaver Creek Resort has won the highly coveted Best Customer Service award from the National Ski Areas Association for the past three years. Embracing the resort’s “Not Exactly Roughing It” tagline, more than 150 mountain hosts are committed to providing the highest level of guest service in the ski industry. Look for hosts to maximize your enjoyment on the mountain and in the village by greeting you, helping to carry equipment, providing grooming reports and local’s tips, and leading free mountain welcome tours each day. At the end of the day, reward yourself with a fresh chocolate chip cookie served daily by Cookie Time chefs, and tell your friends about your amazing day on the slopes—we’ll mail a Beaver Creek collector postcard anywhere in the world, free of charge.
American Airlines Kids Fly, Ski, Stay and Ride FREE This Winter
Families who ski Beaver Creek can take advantage of free kids’ airfares when they book a vacation into the Vail/ Eagle Valley Regional Airport thanks to American Airlines’ Kids Fly Free program. For each paid adult fare (age 18 and above), American is offering one free child’s ticket for ages 2-12 now through Feb. 13, 2009. Families must travel to Beaver Creek between Sunday and Wednesday and from the resort between Tuesday and Friday. This offer is valid for travel Dec. 2-12, 2008 and Jan. 4 - February 13, 2009 with no blackout dates. This offer also allows kids to ski and stay for free and new this year, Colorado Mountain Express allows kids to be transported for free as part of this package. Additional restrictions may apply. For information visit or call 866-668-8245 to book.
Fly In Ski FREE
Fly non-stop to Vail/ Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) Nov. 21, 2008 through April 19, 2009 and ski for free day of arrival at Beaver Creek with a valid boarding pass and Vail Valley lodging confirmation. Passengers on direct flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas/ Ft. Worth and Denver will be able to take advantage of this program. Original or online printed boarding passes must be presented at lift ticket windows along with a valid Vail Valley lodging confirmation receipt and/or photocopy. Only one lift ticket per person, per boarding pass and lodging confirmation permitted. Valid photo ID required. Additional restrictions may apply. For details visit or call 800-503-8748.
From Nov. 26–Dec. 20, 2008 buy three nights of lodging and three days of skiing in Beaver Creek and get a fourth night and ski day free starting at $417 per person. This offer is valid at Falcon Point condominiums. Offers are based on availability and quad occupancy in a two-bedroom condominium. Taxes, surcharge and gratuity not included. Book online at
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About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc. is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties at the Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, the Heavenly Ski Resort 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 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 and consumer website is


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