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Ski on powder, apres on ice at the Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch invites locals and guests to apres at the resort. Sit back, relax and watch local ice sculptor Paul Wertin do the carving, all while sipping on a specialty cordial or Champagne.

Through March, the resort will offer a variety of drink specials and activities around its all-new “Apres on Ice” series, which will include sculpting demonstrations and a standing ice bar on the Mountainside Terrace, as well as bubbly by the glass at Spago and Buffalo Bar.

Over select Fridays through March, local ice purveyor Paul Wertin will sculpt his masterpieces on the Mountainside Terrace, offering visitors the opportunity to observe his craft and technique as he creates icy, themed artwork to be displayed on the resort’s Front Drive. The dates include:

• Dec. 31 – 4 to 5 p.m.

• Jan. 14 – 4 to 5 p.m.

• Feb. 4 – 4 to 5 p.m.

March 4 – 4 to 5 p.m.

During the demos, Spago will offer its signature “Ritz 75” specialty cocktail made from Colorado’s Cap Rock gin, champagne, syrup and lemon juice for $10 (normally $16).

Wertin installed a 3,000-pound ice bar this week. Premium liquor distributors will serve cocktails from the bar on Mountainside Terrace and will offer professional pointers and tips on savory cocktails on these dates:

• Dec. 27 – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Absolut Vodka

• Dec. 28 – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Avion Tequila

• Dec. 29 – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Laphroaig Scotch

• Dec. 30 – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Cap Rock Gin

Now through Jan. 18,, Spago will offer Cristal by the glass for $60. Beverage Director and Advanced Sommelier Vanessa Cinti will offer her pairing expertise and wide breadth of knowledge on the world-renowned champagne.

Likewise, through ski season, Buffalo Bar will offer Dom Perignon by the glass for $60. The champagne will also be served at the ice bar on dates when the premium beverage series is not taking place.

For more information or to make reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, contact a travel professional, call 800-241-3333 or visit

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