Beaver Creek opens Wednesday |

Beaver Creek opens Wednesday

Daily Staff Report

BEAVER CREEK The mountain will open at 9 a.m. with four lifts plus two beginner carpets, 19 trails and 320 acres on Beaver Creeks opening day on Wednesday, Nov. 22. More than 5,000 warm chocolate chip cookies will treat skiers and riders.Guests can cast a vote for their favorite homemade cookie during the Third Annual Beaver Creek Cookie Competition. Beaver Creek will open the Centennial Express Lift (#6), Cinch Express Lift (#8), Drink of Water Lift (#5), Haymeadow Lift (#1) and two beginner carpets for the Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard School. These lifts will serve 19 trails including the majority of beginner runs at the summit. Intermediate runs will include Latigo, Gold Dust and Upper Sheephorn. Double Diamond will offer advanced skiing and riding. Lifts will run daily from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. from Nov. 22-Dec. 14. Starting Dec. 15, lift hours of operation will be 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily. Additional lifts expected to open soon include the Strawberry Park Express Lift (#12) and Bachelor Gulch Express Lift (#16).Later this season, Beaver Creek Resort will unveil new expert terrain in the Stone Creek Chutes area. Experts will be able to enjoy 180 acres of lift-served short, steep gladed runs with spectacular mountain views. In addition to new family programming in the village, new on-mountain childrens attractions will include ski-through teepees, beginner terrain park features and an intermediate gladed run just for kids. “Early season snowfall and preparations by our mountain operations team will provide packed powder and groomed skiing and riding on Wednesday. Coming off a strong 25th anniversary season, were looking forward to providing more varied terrain and family programming for our guests this year,” said John Garnsey, chief operating officer for Beaver Creek.Wednesdays Beaver Creek Cookie Competition invites guests to taste and judge five varieties of cookies, with the resorts signature cookie to be determined by popular vote. Five pre-selected finalists will serve 5,000 homemade chocolate chip cookies from 2-2:30 p.m. on Beaver Creek Plaza. The resorts Cookie Time chefs serve freshly baked chocolate chip cookies to guests each afternoon throughout the winter season.”Its an honor to be recognized as the #1 resort in the country for guest service by the National Ski Area Association. The cookie competition is a fun way to engage our guests and raise awareness for our daily Cookie Time program, an integral part of our overall guest service efforts,” added Garnsey.On opening day the Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School will offer group and private lessons for kids and adults. Skiers and riders can refuel at on-mountain Spruce Saddle Lodge, the only Certified Green Restaurant in the ski industry as recognized by the Green Restaurant Association. New selections include a prime rib carving station, Italian Corner, toasted sandwiches and signature soups and burgers. Upcoming EventsDont miss the annual Beaver Creek Tree Lighting Ceremony and Fantasy Gingerbread House Competition to be held this Friday, Nov. 24. Next week, watch the worlds fastest skiers at the Visa Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week, Nov. 28-Dec. 3. The mens Super Combined race will be held on Nov. 30, followed by the legendary Birds of Prey Downhill on Dec. 1, Giant Slalom on Dec. 2 and Slalom on Dec. 3.Single day adult lift tickets for Beaver Creek are $65 for adults, $55 for seniors and $52 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the Beaver Creek Lift Ticket Office from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. For information on snow conditions, lodging packages and activities, call (970) 845-9090 or (800) 404-3535 or visit Early Season Lodging Package http://www.beavercreek.comVail Daily, Vail Colorado CO

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