Beaver Creek opens for season Wednesday
BEAVER CREEK — Beaver Creek Resort’s opening day Wednesday will provide Thanksgiving holiday skiers and snowboarders with 486 acres of terrain accessed by seven lifts and seven surface lifts. Good early season snowfall combined with a state-of-the-art snowmaking system have allowed the resort to prepare top-to-bottom skiing and terrain for all ability levels.
“Beaver Creek’s mountain operations teams continue to work around the clock preparing as much terrain as possible for opening day guests and we are looking forward to skiing on 486 acres when lifts open at 9 a.m.,” said Doug Lovell, chief operating officer for Beaver Creek Resort.
Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, the majority of skiing and riding at Beaver Creek will take place on the main mountain including expert and intermediate designated favorites Ripsaw, Cataract, C-Prime and Stone Creek Meadows in Rose Bowl. Centennial Express Lift (No. 6) will offer skiing access to Latigo, Gold Dust, Double Diamond, Willy’s Face and Haymeadow trails. The Cinch Express Lift (No. 8) serves primarily beginner and some intermediate terrain with Booth Gardens, Upper Centennial, Cinch, Mystic Island, Piney, Powell, Red Buffalo and Upper Sheephorn opening for the season. A part of Upper Centennial, including Spruce Face is designated as expert terrain. The Strawberry Park Express Lift (No. 12) will feature skiing on lower President Ford’s, lower Stacker, Intertwine and portions of Bitterroot.
Bachelor Gulch will offer skiing and snowboarding on Sawbuck, a beginner trail, and skiers will be able to return to the main mountain via Intertwine. To get to Bachelor Gulch, skiers can ride the Strawberry Park Express Lift and ski down Primrose to Sawbuck.
The mountain operations team will continue to open terrain as conditions permit. Skiers and snowboarders are reminded to obey all posted signs and warnings. For up-to-the-minute information on the latest terrain openings visit http://www.beavercreek.com or m.beavercreek.com.
Tree lighting is Friday
The 33rd annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and the 11th annual Gingerbread Competition at Beaver Creek mark the beginning of the holiday season on Friday. The event features a full evening of festivities including the traditional lighting of the 38-foot tall tree, musical talent from all over Colorado, a kids’ holiday poetry contest and reading, visit from Santa, fireworks display, and the Gingerbread Competition with silent auction. New this year VIP preview tickets are available to see the gingerbread creations from 3-4 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $5 per person and are limited on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 75 people. Embellished gingerbread creations will be on display for the Gingerbread Competition in the Gerald R. Ford Hall at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek and 100 percent of the silent auction and Holiday Market proceeds will go to Court Appointed Special Advocates, a local organization serving children in Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties.
The evening also includes the Public Athlete Bib Presentation for the ladies’ Raptor World Cup Super G races taking place on Saturday.
The complete schedule for Beaver Creek’s family holiday celebration on Friday includes:
- 3-4 p.m.: VIP Preview of the Gingerbread Competition in Gerald R. Ford Hall at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, $5 per person, limited to the first 75 people.
- 3:30 p.m.: Cocoa and cookies at the SmartWool Store in Beaver Creek Village.
- 4-8 p.m. Free public viewing and silent auction of the 11th Annual Gingerbread Competition.
- 5 p.m. Figure Skating Show on Beaver Creek Village Ice Rink.
- 6 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony, featuring Alpenhorn Chorus, the Colorado Children’s Chorale, Nashville recording artist Christie Huff and Opera Colorado. Kids’ poetry contest winner introduction and reading. Santa will make his appearance.
- 6:20 p.m. The Ladies’ Public Pick Bib Presentation will take place on Beaver Creek Village Ice Rink.
- 6:50 p.m. Fireworks show.
- 8 p.m. Warren Miller’s new ski film, “Ticket To Ride,” at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased for $19 online at vilarpac.org or by calling 888-920-2787.