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High Altitude Society: Chateau Beaver Creek Owners’ Cultural Soiree excites

Betty Ann Woodland
High Altitude Society

BEAVER CREEK — The Chateau Owners' Cultural Soiree took place in the Chateau Library and Terrace on Tuesday. This year, the Chateau welcomed a spectacular wind quartet from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

"We made a very conscious decision in bringing the wind quartet," said Jeannette Schulze, Chateau managing director.

All of the musicians were principals at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in their respective instruments. The intimate affair featured Demarre McGill, principal flute; Erin Hannigan, principal oboe; Greg Raden, principal clarinet for the orchestra and featured soloist with other orchestras and chamber groups nationally; and Ted Soluri, principal bassoon for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

During the cocktail hour, owners reconnected while enjoying the summer evening on the terrace and sipping sparkling wine and tasting hors d'oeuvres. Chef Brian Ackerman created a stellar menu for the occasion: a three-course dinner of Arctic char, duck a l'orange and chocolate tart.

This year, the Chateau, a hidden gem located in Beaver Creek, is squarely focused on enhancing club life for its owners. This exclusive Rocky Mountain retreat offers genuine, personalized concierge service to owners, coming to know each person and his or her preferences intimately.

Splendido at the Chateau has some exciting new developments: longtime chef de cuisine Brian Ackerman is now the new executive chef-owner. The restaurant's new menu will feel familiar to Splendido regulars, with a focus on seasonal food and the highest-quality ingredients Ackerman can source. Highlights include Colorado lamb and beef and New Zealand venison, juxtaposed with plenty of lighter seafood fare for summer, including Idaho trout, Maine lobster, Alaskan halibut and Dover sole.

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New this season, Ackerman will source fresh produce from the Edwards Corner Farmers Market to create the menu items on his ever-evolving bar blackboard menu, which will be a little more playful and a little less composed than the regular menu, essentially "clean, simple food you can eat every night," Ackerman said.

Other fun Chateau Beaver Creek owner events include Yoga in the Chateau Park; cooking classes with Splendido chefs (first one slated for Wednesday); wine seminars with a Master Sommelier at Splendido; water aerobics; and wine and cheese social gatherings in the pool area during the summer and the skiers' lounge in the winter. New this summer, group hikes led by local hiking experts will be offered for owners, as well.

This is all in addition to amenities such as a beautiful private pool and terrace, a skiers' lounge (with continental breakfast during the holiday season), spa and fitness room, steam room, hot tubs, a clay tennis court (and new tennis rackets) and complimentary Eagle County airport shuttle service and around-town transfers.

For bikers preferring to skip the bike up Village Road, Chateau vehicles are equipped with bike racks. Freshly brewed Vail Mountain Coffee is served every morning beginning at 5 a.m., as well as fresh fruit-flavored water, whole fruit and snack bars throughout the day during the summer months. Currently, there are six Chateau properties available for sale.

On this glorious evening, guests learned about the heart of an orchestra from Maestro Jaap van Zweden.

"If you compare an orchestra to the body, the wind section resembles the heart," van Zweden said. "When you listen tonight, just picture the four chambers of a heart. … They are carrying a large percentage of the orchestra's quality and strength. We have a great deal of impact in this room."

Soluri had great stories to tell, including those about camping in Santa Fe, Taos and on the Rio Chama in New Mexico and along Gore Creek.

"I camped in Gore Creek campground after I played a concert … and I hiked up Berry Picker trail on Vail Mountain," Soluri said. How wonderful that the heart of the orchestra appreciates the heart of the Vail Valley and why we call this place home.

Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at bettyannw6@gmail.com.