Beaver Creek reveals terrain offering for Wednesday’s season opener

Come for the fresh corduroy, stay for the cookies

Snowmaking guns fire on Haymeadow in October. Beaver Creek will open Wednesday for the 2023-24 winter season.
Madison Miller/Vail Resorts courtesy photo

Beaver Creek Resort will kick off the 2023-24 ski season Wednesday with 55 acres of terrain accessible via Haymeadow Park and Gold Dust, with Centennial Express Lift and Haymeadow Gondola spinning from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As usual, guests will be treated to the resort’s signature chocolate chip cookies, which will be available at the Centennial Express base area in the morning. There will also be complimentary coffee and hot cocoa, a banner break at the top of Centennial Express, a live DJ, and a bloody mary bar at Spruce Saddle Lodge. The Ice Cream Parlour will also serve up sweet treats atop the Haymeadow Gondola.

Beaver Creek opens the season with a new vice president and chief operating officer. Bobby Murphy succeeds Nadia Guerriero, who led the resort since 2019 before moving into her new position in May as the senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Resorts’ Rockies Region.

For Murphy, who worked at Vail Mountain from 2010 to 2017, it’s a bit of a homecoming of sorts.

Opening celebration events continue throughout the week, including the Beaver Creek Cookie Competition, Tree Lighting and Ice Spectacular, and Holiday Market.

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The festivities will continue Wednesday in Beaver Creek Village starting at 1 p.m. with the Beaver Creek Cookie Competition, featuring five Colorado bakers. Each baker has hand-crafted their own recipe and will bake 1,000 cookies for judges to crown the winner, based on taste. All participants will receive a cash prize, with the grand champion taking home $2,000.

The Tree Lighting and Ice Spectacular will take place Friday, Nov. 24. Beaver Creek Village will be bustling with activities, including ice skating, a meet and greet with Santa, and a craft workshop. The show will begin at 5 p.m., with ice skating performers and live music groups. Following the lighting of the tree, fireworks will illuminate the sky.

Guests can also enjoy a Holiday Market filled with regional artisans starting Friday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Beaver Creek Village.

Mobile pass and mobile lift ticket technology will be available to guests for the 2023-24 winter season on the new My Epic app. The new technology will allow guests to buy their pass or lift ticket online, activate and store it on their phone in the My Epic app, put their phone in their pocket, and get scanned, hands-free, via Bluetooth technology designed for low energy usage.

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