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Beaver Creek's most advanced runs from the Birds of Prey across Grouse Mountain to Larkspur Bowl make up the Talons terrain, which is certain to test even the most experienced skiers and riders. Beaver Creek has established "The Talons Challenge" as the standard for taming the terrain. This program is exclusively offered to students of the Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard Schools or during our one-day public Talons Challenge event on Saturday, March 1st, 2014.
For the 11th year, Talons Challenge will be showcasing the best steeps Beaver Creek has to offer. Over 26,000 vertical feet of Black Diamond and Double Black Diamond runs await on Beaver Creek’s legendary World Cup Birds of Prey downhill course, Grouse Mountain, and in Larkspur Bowl. Conquer all 14 runs and earn your spot on the Talon's Wall-of-Fame.
The event is limited to the first 1,500 registrants. Last year's registration sold out, so register early to make sure you secure your spot on March 1st!
Included in your registration fee (Advanced Online - $35 / Event Day via Cash - $40) is a free bratwurst and either a beer or a non-alcoholic beverage. All finishers will receive a commemorative Talons Challenge hat, pin, lanyard and credential; and a chance to win amazing prizes at the après party raffle at the all-new Talons Restaurant!
Parking & Transportation: Limited pay parking is available in Beaver Creek Village. Free parking is offered at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain with complimentary shuttles to the village. Arrive early to get your spot and get to the event quickly.
8:00am: Registration opens at the Helly Hansen trailer, located just before the covered bridge and entry into Beaver Creek. Please bring your completed TALONS RELEASE FORM to speed up the process. You’ll be given a Talons Credential and lanyard.
8:30am: The lifts open along with Red Tail Camp Registration – the event headquarters. If you want to bypass the registration at Helly Hansen trailer, head on up to Red Tail Camp to register. You must have your own lift ticket or ski pass to access the event.
Once you have your Talons Credential, you are ready to start checking runs off the list. All 14 runs are accessed from the 3 lifts based out of the Red Tail Camp area (Birds of Prey Chair #9, Grouse Mtn Chair #10 and Larkspur Chair #11). After each run, we’ll have “Punchers” waiting in the lift lines. Let them know what run you just completed and they’ll punch it off on your credential.
Brat and Beer/Soft Drink: Don’t forget, after noon your Talons Credential gets you a complimentary Brat and beer or soft drink at Red Tail Camp.
There are no double punch runs. For example, you cannot ski Screech Owl and Ptarmigan in one run. You’ll need to take a lift 14 times to complete the Talons Challenge and the glorious 26,000+ vertical feet.
Once you have finished all 14 runs, go to the main Red Tail Camp Registration to pick up your rewards – a commemorative 10 year Talons Challenge ballcap and your place on the Talons Wall-of-Fame, which is a digital kiosk located inside Red Tail Camp. Names of participants who complete the Challenge will be added to the kiosk later this winter.
Talons Après Party: Hang around all day until 4pm at Red Tail Camp. We have tons of great t-shirts and raffle prizes to give away. The main raffles will be from 3:30-4pm. Restaurant gift certificates, spa packages, rafting trips, skis, bindings and much more - Your credential number is your raffle number and you must be present to win, so stick around and enjoy the party!
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