New Talons Restaurant
Beaver Creek is putting the finishing touches on a new on mountain restaurant named Talons, situated at the confluence of Larkspur Bowl, Grouse Mountain and Birds of Prey; it replaces Red Tail Camp. The name Talons reflects the theme on this area of the mountain, which is home to many birds of prey. Talons is 17,000 square feet, with 500 indoor seats on two levels and 250 outdoor seats, more than doubling the previous capacity. The European-inspired menu will feature gourmet dining options such as the Talons Kasseler Rippchen Casserole (shaved smoked pork loin, sauerkraut, home fries, baked apples) and Colorado Lamb Burger, as well as tossed to order salads, homemade soups, carved meats, rustic thin pizzas and artisan breads served in an upscale cafeteria setting. There will be an indoor/ outdoor bar and an outdoor smokehouse.
The architecture pays homage to the early era of Beaver Creek with a nostalgic barn exterior and post and beam construction. The new building is situated lower down the hill than the original Red Tail Camp, offering easier access for skiers and riders in the area. Talons is expected to open at the start of the season and it will serve as the press center for the 2013 Birds of Prey World Cup events, as well as the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships.
Beaver Creek Village Improvements - Escalator Access
Beaver Creek makes accessing the slopes even easier this season with the addition of a new escalator located in the heart of the village above the ice rink. An existing series of escalators already serves skiers and riders in the main artery of the village. To help guests reach snow faster, the new escalator is located between the ice rink and the snow surface, adjacent to the Children’s Ski & Snowboard School and near the Buckaroo Gondola. It will be in operation at the start of this ski season and opening day!
Ski School Ambassadors
Beaver Creek’s Ski School Ambassadors serve as a dedicated team of specialized guest service staff that proactively seeks to lend a hand to skiers and snowboarders at key entry locations at the mountain. You’ll find Ambassadors, in their signature blue coats and silver pants, offering their assistance in a multitude of ways from carrying skis and facilitating ski school registration to offering chap sticks, tissues or goggle wipes.
Family Private Lessons
Family private lessons at Beaver Creek have been a growing trend due to the highly flexible nature of how families prefer to learn and it also provides a great value and quality family bonding time. Family privates are available for groups up to six and a family may be defined as parents with kids, a couple or a group of friends, or kids from a few families. The pros skillfully navigate between individual skill development, maximize mileage and time on the slopes and offer tips on the ins and outs of the resort. From evaluating gear with ski shop technicians (to determine, for instance, how new boots may perform on the hill), to planning for different snow conditions and weather changes, the pros can customize family lessons to cater to a variety of goals and preferences.
See the Fastest Women and Men on Skis!
Raptor Ladies’ World Cup: Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Be a part of history as the world’s elite women skiers test Beaver Creek’s new Raptor racecourse in anticipation of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Celebrate Thanksgiving in the fast lane, with a full slate of festivities, and catch all the U.S. Ski Team stars, including Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin, as they take the first step on the road to the Sochi Olympics. The maiden flight of Raptor is slated for Nov. 29 with the Downhill, while Super-G is on tap for Nov. 30 and Giant Slalom on Dec. 1.
Birds of Prey Men’s World Cup: Dec. 6-8 Double up on your ski racing fix as the World Cup men pay their annual visit to Beaver Creek to try and tame the infamous Birds of Prey. Be on hand for Bode Miller’s return to racing and watch Ted Ligety’s bid for a three-peat in Giant Slalom. Cheer on the world’s fastest men by day and then head to the village in the evening to continue the party. New this year, Super-G will get things started Dec. 6, with Downhill on Dec. 7 and Giant Slalom bringing down the curtain on Dec. 8.
Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Phase I Renovation Complete
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch completed Phase I of their multimillion dollar refresh and enhancement project to 180 guest rooms and suites, public areas including the Lobby, Great Room, Ritz Kids and Club Level Lounge this summer. The $15 million renovation program continues and further enhancements to the property will be unveiled in the coming months with a new restaurant, lounge and meeting and wedding spaces being refurbished before the beginning of the winter ski season. www.ritzcarlton.com/bachelorgulch
Complimentary Women’s Social Tour
Beaver Creek offers a complimentary Women’s Social Ski Tour for intermediate levels and above, led by a dynamic female Ski School Ambassador who will share tips, offer insider knowledge of the mountain and treat the group to a hot chocolate break at the end of the tour. The Women’s Tour meets at the base of the Centennial Lift (#6) at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays mid-December to late-March and offers a great way to enjoy the ski day with other women.
New this winter, Allie’s Cabin joins the culinary adventures of Beano’s and Zach’s Cabins at Beaver Creek with sleigh ride dinners and will be offering wine dinners during select Thursday evenings to coincide with the Thursday Night Lights program that includes a guest glowstick ski down under the stars followed by fireworks. Allie’s executive chef Kirk Weems will offer his classic contemporary regional fare and pair each dinner with carefully selected wines from a variety of wineries. Additional details will be available in the coming months. Allie’s Cabin is situated in a quiet aspen grove on the hillside of Beaver Creek Mountain.
New Toronto Non-Stop Lands in Eagle
A new, non-stop Air Canada flight will provide service between Toronto (YYZ) and Eagle (EGE) Airports for the coming winter season beginning Dec. 14, 2013, through April 5, 2014. It will be the second non-stop western ski gateway from Toronto, behind Denver, making it easier than ever before for those traveling from Toronto and Eastern Canada to ski and snowboard Vail and Beaver Creek. Saturday service will be offered for the new flight, with convenient times that allow travelers to be on the slopes of Vail or Beaver Creek on the day of arrival. The inbound flight schedule from Toronto will depart at 9:50 a.m., arriving at Eagle Airport at 11:45 a.m., allowing for afternoon skiing and riding at both mountains. Outbound flights from Eagle Airport will depart at 12:30 p.m., arriving in to Toronto at 5:43 p.m., perfectly aligned with hotel check-out times or the option to enjoy some perfectly manicured corduroy or fresh tracks before the flight home. Air Canada also offers convenient connections to all other major Canadian cities, including Montreal.
Grouse Mountain Grill Renovation
Grouse Mountain Grill at The Pines Lodge has completed a renovation including a new bar, stone walls, and banquettes and has an all new, mountain modern look. The restaurant has also been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for being in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor and consistently earning high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers.
New Chef at The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort
David Sanchez takes the helm as executive chef at The Osprey at Beaver Creek, a RockResort, Travel+Leisure’s #1 Top Resort in the Continental United States for 2012. Chef David is charged with reimagining the culinary experience at the 47-room boutique hotel, including the tapas-style Osprey Lounge, which highlights farm-to-table ingredients. Currently focusing on a full new menu to kick off the winter season, Chef David’s personal mission strongly aligns with that of the restaurant, as he is an advocate for local sustainability. David also has an affinity for creating sensory cuisine, as he believes that food is a medium by which emotions can be received. He has always cooked under the mantra, “Cook with strength and love.” Bringing more than 25 years of culinary experience to The Osprey, Chef David is no stranger to Beaver Creek, as he previously served as the executive chef and general manager of Allie’s Cabin.
2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships: Dream It. Live It. Share It.
The world’s best ski racers will return to Beaver Creek and Vail Feb. 3-15, 2015 for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Showcasing athletes from over 70 nations, with a total of nearly 750 million worldwide television viewers and an onsite media and broadcast entourage of approximately 1,500 members, the 2015 Championships will mark the third time the Vail Valley has hosted this prestigious international event, joining the 1989 and 1999 World Championships. The 2015 event will feature five men’s and five women’s individual races, along with the Nation’s Team event. Participants and guests will literally enjoy the best of both “Worlds” as Beaver Creek plays host to the lion’s share of the racing action while Vail will be Party Central. The famed Birds of Prey course will host all of the men’s World Championships competitions, while a new racecourse to skier’s right of Birds of Prey will serve as the site of all ladies’ races. As part of the new construction, the Red Tail Finish Arena will also be expanded and enhanced, providing a spectator-friendly race viewing experience. The first true test for the women arrives in December of 2013, with Downhill and Super-G test events on this new track, one week after the traditional men’s Birds of Prey races. Drawing upon the Vail Valley’s deep-rooted history in supporting ski racing, the 2015 Championships new tagline: Dream It. Live It. Share It. also conveys the intent to engage athletes, spectators and viewers in dreaming of the Championships as anyone who has a passion for the sport, an athlete charging for gold, or an up-and-comer whose hope is to qualify to compete. Fans will live the event through whatever means they choose and share it with one another prior to, during and after the event. Visit: www.vailbeavercreek2015.com