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New Programs, Events Await Beaver Creek Skiers

New Programs, Events Await Beaver Creek Skiers

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posted: 09/20/2007

BEAVER CREEK, CO - (News Release - September 12, 2007) - Families and friends will find big thrills and exciting events in Beaver Creek this winter. Beaver Creek kicks off its winter season with the annual Beaver Creek Cookie Competition on Nov. 21, 2007. Visit beavercreek.com or call (800) 404-3535 or (970) 845-9090 for reservations and information.

NEW CHILDREN'S GONDOLA
The world's premier children's ski and snowboard school experience just got better. Beaver Creek introduces the new eight-passenger Buckaroo Express Gondola, a short gondola ride designed with the resort's smallest customers in mind. With a ride time of just 3.75 minutes, the Buckaroo gives kids (and grownups) a warm and comfortable ride to beginner learning terrain. Even adults will agree that more time sliding on-snow equals more fun. The Buckaroo replaces the Haymeadow Lift (#1) and can carry 1,665 people per hour. The lift is 1,671 feet in length with 10 towers and 26 cabins. The gondola will open for the 2007-2008 winter season.

ADDED FUN FOR FAMILIES
The fun continues after the lifts close with a new disco ice skating party and storytelling and s'mores around Beaver Creek Village's new outdoor fire pits. Glowstick ski-downs, rail jams, fireworks displays, kids' tubing and figure skating shows round out an exciting line-up of complimentary activities offered nightly throughout the winter. Hungry for more? Sleigh ride dinners, family cultural performances, world-class spas, a teen video arcade and year-round outdoor ice skating deliver added excitement. And don't miss the ultimate kids' extravaganza from Cookie Magazine and Beaver Creek; tune in for children's concerts, special activities and much more during the new Cookie Kids Fest, March 13-15, 2008. On the mountain, take a family ski or snowboard lesson and document the fun with a personal video to take home or tackle 13 of the mountain's most challenging runs in one day with the Talons Challenge.

NEW GONDOLA FROM AVON TO BEAVER CREEK MOUNTAIN
Families and individuals staying in the Town of Avon can begin their ski day with added comfort and convenience by riding the new Riverfront Express Gondola, anticipated to open during the winter season. The gondola provides the fastest and most convenient route from Avon to Beaver Creek Mountain. A three-minute gondola ride delivers guests to Beaver Creek Landing, where two existing high-speed quad chairlifts deliver skiers and snowboarders—of advanced beginner level and above—in 16 minutes to the main mountain. The eight-passenger gondola is 2,100 feet in length with nine towers, 18 cabins and can carry 1,200 people per hour. The gondola is a short 400-foot walk from the Town of Avon's new transit center and is expected to decrease traffic volumes and improve the winter vacation experience. The gondola is part of the $500 million Riverfront Village mixed-use development, with the centerpiece Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa anticipated to open Summer 2008. This 210 room luxury hotel will feature finely appointed studios to three bedroom residences with first-class services and amenities including Spa Anjali and the Watermark restaurant. The Westin condo hotel is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

FLY IN, SKI FREE
Beaver Creek guests can take advantage of the new Fly In/Ski Free promotion. Fly non-stop to Vail/ Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) Nov. 16, 2007 through April 13, 2008 and ski for free the day of arrival at Beaver Creek with a valid boarding pass and lodging confirmation. Simply show your boarding pass and Vail Valley lodging confirmation to any ticket window and ski free with a complimentary same-day lift ticket. Passengers on flights arriving from Atlanta, Chicago, CincinnatiDallas/ Ft. Worth and Denver will be able to take advantage of this program. For details call 800-503-8748.

NEW SPAGO BACHELOR GULCH
Wolfgang Puck is coming to Bachelor Gulch and not just for a ski trip. The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group announced plans to open a Colorado outpost of its legendary Spago at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, the Vail Valley's only AAA Five Diamond resort. In keeping with Chef Puck's guiding culinary philosophy, Spago Bachelor Gulch will fully engage and implement 'Wolfgang's Eating, Loving and Living' (WELL)„¢ program and will include a commitment to sourcing from local family farmers and purveyors who support the humane treatment of animals and to offering products that meet the natural, fresh and organic standards of the company. Opening in November 2007, the 126-seat, 4,400 square foot restaurant will be crafted by esteemed New York-based hospitality designer Tony Chi.

DIAMONDS ARE FOR EVERYONE
Beaver Creek's Diamonds in the Rough grooming initiative offers high intermediate and low advanced level skiers and snowboarders a smoother transition into the big leagues. Award-winning groomers groom one or more black diamond trails nightly, helping guests to build confidence on freshly manicured advanced terrain. Carve corduroy on the double-black diamond Birds of Prey Downhill course, site of the only men's World Cup downhill race in the United States. Diamonds in the Rough is part of the resort's commitment to groom half the mountain each day.

SIGNATURE EVENTS
The young and young-at-heart can spend time on the slopes with some of their favorite ski-movie professionals when SKI Magazine and Beaver Creek present Ski with the Pros, March 28-30. Don't miss other signature events including the Beaver Creek Cookie Competition, Nov. 21, Visa Birds of Prey World Cup, Nov. 27-Dec. 2, The Talons Challenge, Jan. 26, the tenth annual Beaver Creek and Bon Appetit Food and Wine Focus, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, The New Yorker Presents Humor on the Slopes, Feb. 28-March 2, and the new Cookie Kids Fest, March 13-15.

KIDS FLY FREE
Families who choose Beaver Creek can take advantage of free airfare for kids when flying into the Vail/Eagle County Airport (EGE). Each paying adult (18+) may bring one free child, aged two to 12. Reservation must include lodging to redeem this special offer. Offer is valid for both non-stop and connecting jet service into EGE. A two-night minimum stay is required. American Airlines' promotion is valid from Jan. 6-Feb.15, 2008, for travel to EGE Sunday-Wednesday, and departing from EGE Tuesday-Friday. United Airlines' promotion is valid Jan. 4-Feb.14, 2008, for travel to EGE Sunday-Thursday, and departing from EGE Tuesday-Friday. Restrictions apply. Call 800-587-4560 or visit Beaver Creek's website.

CULINARY APPRENTICE PROGRAM
Colorado Mountain College's culinary arts program teams up with Beaver Creek Mountain Dining to expand culinary excellence in the Vail Valley. This new partnership will give the college's culinary apprentices more benefits and an enhanced learning experience as they work toward their associate of applied science degrees in culinary arts. Beaver Creek executive chefs Steven Topple of Beano's Cabin and Tim McCaw of Zach's Cabin will welcome winter diners in Beaver Creek following presentations at the James Beard House in New York. Both restaurants hold a 2007 "Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine and Beano's recently introduced organics into its menu.

GUEST SERVICE GURUS
Need a helping hand? Beaver Creek's dedicated employees and more than 150 mountain hosts helped Beaver Creek to win the 2007 Best Overall Customer Service Program award from the National Ski Area Association. This is the second consecutive year that Beaver Creek has received this award. Hosts seek to provide a seamless family vacation experience by greeting skiers upon arrival, carrying equipment, distributing grooming maps and snow reports, leading free Mountain Welcome Tours, serving Cocoa and Corduroy daily and offering tailored assistance on and off the slopes. Greet and Seat western characters use radios to help guests find a table at lunch. Always a favorite, the resort's Cookie Time program treats guests to fresh baked chocolate chip cookies each afternoon.

SKI FREE, STAY FREE
Buy three nights of lodging and three days of skiing in Beaver Creek and get a fourth night and ski day free. Price starts at $393 per person based on quad occupancy in a two-bedroom condominium with a four-night minimum stay. Offer is valid Nov. 17—Dec. 14, 2007. Buy four nights of lodging and four days of skiing in Beaver Creek and get a fifth night and ski day free. Price starts at $533 per person based upon quad occupancy in a two-bedroom condominium with a five-night minimum stay. Offer is valid Jan. 6—Feb. 15, 2008. Beaver Creek opens for skiing and snowboarding on Nov. 21, 2007. Taxes, surcharge and gratuity not included. Offer based upon availability. Other restrictions may apply. Other dates, rates and properties available. Call (800) 404-3535 or visit www.beavercreek.com for reservations and more information.

STONE CREEK CHUTES OFFERS BIG ADVENTURE
In its second season, Stone Creek Chutes offers big thrills and hidden powder stashes with 180 acres of in-bounds extreme terrain. Short, steep gladed chutes ranging from 400-600 vertical feet in length with pitches up to 45 degrees await expert skiers and riders. Stone Creek Chutes is located to the East of Rose Bowl and offers spectacular views of the Gore Mountain Range. The area can be reached from the Cinch Express Lift (#8) and the Rose Bowl Lift (#4).

l, carrying equipment, distributing grooming maps and snow reports, leading free Mountain Welcome Tours, serving Cocoa and Corduroy daily and offering tailored assistance on and off the slopes. Greet and Seat western characters use radios to help guests find a table at lunch. Always a favorite, the resort's Cookie Time program treats guests to fresh baked chocolate chip cookies each afternoon.

SKI FREE, STAY FREE
Buy three nights of lodging and three days of skiing in Beaver Creek and get a fourth night and ski day free. Price starts at $393 per person based on quad occupancy in a two-bedroom condominium with a four-night minimum stay. Offer is valid Nov. 17—Dec. 14, 2007. Buy four nights of lodging and four days of skiing in Beaver Creek and get a fifth night and ski day free. Price starts at $533 per person based upon quad occupancy in a two-bedroom condominium with a five-night minimum stay. Offer is valid Jan. 6—Feb. 15, 2008. Beaver Creek opens for skiing and snowboarding on Nov. 21, 2007. Taxes, surcharge and gratuity not included. Offer based upon availability. Other restrictions may apply. Other dates, rates and properties available. Call (800) 404-3535 or visit www.beavercreek.com for reservations and more information.

STONE CREEK CHUTES OFFERS BIG ADVENTURE
In its second season, Stone Creek Chutes offers big thrills and hidden powder stashes with 180 acres of in-bounds extreme terrain. Short, steep gladed chutes ranging from 400-600 vertical feet in length with pitches up to 45 degrees await expert skiers and riders. Stone Creek Chutes is located to the East of Rose Bowl and offers spectacular views of the Gore Mountain Range. The area can be reached from the Cinch Express Lift (#8) and the Rose Bowl Lift (#4).

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