BEAVER CREEK - Winter is in the air and has left its snowy white mark high up on Beaver Creek Mountain and that can only mean one thing: cookies. Opening Day at Beaver Creek means it's time to dust off grandma's recipe book and try your hand in Beaver Creek's ninth annual Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition. Submit your cookies between Oct. 15-18. The top five recipes will qualify to compete for the $1,000 grand prize and bragging rights as Beaver Creek's Official Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe for the season. Join us opening day at Beaver Creek at the village transforms into a cookie paradise for adults and kids alike.
Anyone is eligible to bake and submit 12 cookie samples with an original chocolate chip cookie recipe. Cookies must be no more than four inches in diameter and will be judged using the following criteria: Taste (50 percent); Appearance (20 percent); Texture (20 percent); and creativity in cookie name and/or packaging (10 percent). Cookie Competition entrants will be pre-judged and five finalists will be selected to compete during the opening day competition on Nov. 21 where 5,000 warm chocolate chip cookies will be served to skiers and snowboarders. Finalists must be able to attend the competition.
Resort guests and locals alike can vote for their favorite homemade chocolate chip cookie during the ninth annual competition finals on Nov. 21. The winning cookie will become the Official Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe of Beaver Creek and the winner also will receive $1,000; second will be awarded $500; and third place receives $250. Fourth and fifth place winners will receive two tickets to any performance at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, based on availability.
All cookie entries must be received by mail or dropped in-person between Oct. 15-18. Cookies may be shipped overnight via UPS or FedEx or delivered in person to the Beaver Creek Resort Company office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry forms, competition rules and detailed delivery instructions are available online at www.beavercreek.com. Entrants with questions may contact Lauren Ciarallo at 970-845-5299.
Beaver Creek serves warm chocolate chip cookies to guests daily at 3 p.m. for the resort's signature program, Cookie Time. Approximately 400,000 cookies are baked and served annually by Cookie Time Chefs.-