Beaver Creek Resort shifts Opening Day to Friday |

Beaver Creek Resort shifts Opening Day to Friday

Beaver Creek workers make snow last week in advance of Friday's opening.
Jon Resnick | Vail Resorts

BEAVER CREEK — Beaver Creek Resort, originally slated to open on Wednesday, will instead open for the 2016-17 season on Friday.

Weekend overnight temperatures were not as conducive for snowmaking as hoped, but with the current weather forecast for the next several days, the resort operations team is confident that they will be able to open on Friday.

“Our snowmaking and mountain operations teams have been taking advantage of every opportunity to make snow, but the weather was just too warm at night over the weekend to make a Wednesday opening,” said Doug Lovell, chief operating officer Beaver Creek Resort. “The forecast is for cold weather to return on Tuesday night through the weekend, which will enable us to make the snow we need to open by Friday.”

The forecast for Colorado is calling for snowfall Monday into Tuesday with a second storm predicted for the weekend and into early next week.

The resort will offer gondola rides via the Centennial Express Lift on Wednesday and Thursday and Spruce Saddle Lodge will be open for on-mountain dining.

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World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition

Beaver Creek’s World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition is still scheduled for Wednesday. Five finalists will serve up their delightful creations to an eager crowd of cookie fans and one person will walk away $1,000 and bragging rights as the Official Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe of Beaver Creek for the 2016-17 winter season. At 2 p.m., the smell of 5,000 cookies will fill the air in Beaver Creek Village, as the judging begins and cookies are doled out to guests.

Event Schedule

2 p.m.: Public judging begins in Beaver Creek Village, next to the Ice Rink. Judging is completely free, but don’t be late – cookies go fast
3 p.m.: Winners announced on the Plaza Stage in Beaver Creek Village
3 p.m.: Cookie Time! (If you didn’t get your fill tasting cookies from the five finalists, the world-famous Cookie Time Chefs will be on hand with trays of signature Beaver Creek cookies.)