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Beaver Creek

Is Beaver Creek for real? Free parking, quaint Bavarian village, escalators that make the typically chaotic, booted schlep to the chairlifts nearly effortless. A ski valet at your hotel who, after helping you into your heated boots, carries your skis to the chair. Swift, well-placed lifts that, in a brisk 15 minutes, deposit your mixed-ability brood at the summit, where you're comfortable sending the kids off to explore Powell, Mystic Maze and Jack Rabbit Alley while you fry your quads on Golden Eagle, the country’s only FIS downhill course. Or the single lift ride required to rendezvous for lunch, followed by an afternoon lapping the all-levels-friendly Strawberry Park and Upper Beaver Creek lifts. It’s real. All of it. Right down to the warm chocolate-chip cookies at day’s end. The price tag? Unfortunately, that’s real as well. —D.W.

What’s New » The Rose Bowl triple was replaced with a high-speed quad that cuts the 10-minute ride in half, spelling quicker access to Stone Creek Chutes.

On-Hill Lunch » Settle into an outdoor table at Red Tail Camp for barbecue and live music during Deck Days, every Sunday from late February to early April.

Don’t Miss » Create your own clinic. New this season, ski school will offer custom coaching to groups of four, max. Your wish (bumps, steeps, trees) is your instructor’s command.

[ Fri, 2009-10-23 15:59 ]
Father and Daughter Skiing at Vail
Kids fly free into Vail's Eagle Airport

A deal on airline tickets is practically unheard of these days, but lo and behold, we found one. Get one free kid's ticket with every adult airfare purchased on American Airlines into Eagle County Airport. The offer is valid from Dec. 1–17 and Jan. 3–Feb. 10, and there are no blackout dates. Children must be between the ages of 2 and 12. For the fine print and to book, click here.

[ Wed, 2009-10-14 13:42 ]
Improve your skiing and your insider knowledge with a guided mountain tour
Think you're too cool for school? Vail Resorts protects your rep with a new instruction program that feels less like class, more like recess.

Let us be abundantly clear: No one is too good or too old for ski school. A lesson with a professional ski instructor will make you a better skier. But we get it: When you only get a few precious weeks or days on snow, you're loath to spend them in a restrictive class setting, following a guy in a uniform down trails of his choosing, not yours.

[ Mon, 2009-10-05 13:33 ]
Vail Resorts to Offer Pass Insurance
Accidents, unemployment among the reasons for refunds

Let's say you bought a season pass, but you lost your job before the season even started. Are you screwed? Not if you opted for Vail Resorts' Pass Insurance program. For an extra $20 for adult, teen or senior passes (or $10 for children's passes), you'd be able to recover at least some, if not all, of your investment. Break a leg before the season even starts? Full refund. Get pregnant after opening day? Partial refund. Called up for duty two weeks after opening day? Partial refund.

[ Mon, 2009-10-05 13:13 ]
Westin Riverfrom Awarded Silver LEED Status
The Westin's environmental efforts have paid off, earning a status shared by only nine hotels in the country.

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, connected to the slopes of Beaver Creek by the Riverfront Express gondola, has an impressive new notch in its belt: Silver LEED status, which has been awarded to only nine hotels in the U.S. It requires a property to achieve a high level of environmental sustainability in both their building practices and operating procedures.

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