Vail, Beaver Creek to offer gondola rides, activities this week
VAIL — From Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 27, Vail Mountain will offer scenic gondola rides, on-mountain dining, the Forest Flyer alpine coaster, guided snowshoe or hiking tours, a children’s activity day camp, and an introduction to skiing and snowboarding for children, ages 3 to 14, out of Lionshead Village. The Eagle Bahn Gondola will operate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for sightseeing, as well as dining at Eagle’s Nest.
At 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, Vail will open for the 2016-2017 season with terrain on Born Free trail for intermediate skiing and snowboarding accessed via Born Free Express (#8) out of Lionshead Village. Breakfast burritos from Vail Mountain and hot cocoa will be provided for early risers, as supplies last.
The Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest and the Bistro Fourteen bar will open for the season for daily operations on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Vail Ski & Snowboard School
The Lionshead Ski and Snowboard School will open on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and offer first-time children’s lessons for ages 3 to 14 in Lionshead on the base-area carpet. A non-skiing activity camp will also be offered for children ages 3 to 14 and will include a scenic gondola ride, the Forest Flyer alpine coaster, lunch on-mountain, village activities and more.
The Small World Nursery at the Golden Peak Children’s Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted. For the best price guaranteed, guests are encouraged to book in advance online at http://www.vail.com.
Beaver Creek Resort, originally slated to open on Wednesday, Nov. 23, will instead open for the 2016-2017 season on Friday, Nov. 25.
The resort will offer scenic gondola rides via the Centennial Express Lift on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and Thursday, Nov. 24, and Spruce Saddle Lodge will be open for on-mountain dining
Kids Winter Camp
The Beaver Creek Children’s Ski and Snowboard School will offer ‘Winter Camp’ on Wednesday, Nov. 23 for children ages 3 to 10. The camp will operate between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. with both indoor and outdoor, weather permitting, activities. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Children’s Ski and Snowboard School Office, and no reservations are required. For more information, please call 970-754-5464.
Free Ice Skating
The ice rink located in the Beaver Creek Village will offer complimentary ice skating from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and Thursday, Nov. 24 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.
World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition
Beaver Creek’s World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition is still scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 23 with an exciting array of events. 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 2016-2017 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 eager guests.
2 p.m.: Public judging begins in Beaver Creek Village, next to the Ice Rink. Judging is 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!
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