Winter Activities at Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado

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Page Title: Winter Activities at Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado
Page Synopsis: An overview of winter activities at Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado.



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Fun for the Family
Beaver Creek is fast becoming known as a premier family-friendly destination resort.  Here, children of all ages can enjoy special activities, events and programs specifically created with good, clean fun in mind.  The village atmosphere provides a safe, self-contained setting where kids and parents can run, play, explore and discover all that makes Beaver Creek fun for families.

Black Family Ice Rink
The centerpiece of Beaver Creek Village, the Black Family Ice Rink has become wildly popular - more than 50,000 visitors took to the ice last season. 

  • Winter Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
  • Cost: $3 skating fee per person.
  • Rentals: $7 for adults; $5 for children. Hockey and figure skates available.
  • A special Zamboni (with its own "home" located at the end of the rink) prepares the ice every 3 hours.
  • Rink dimensions: 150 feet long by 65 feet wide.
  • Open year-round; 6-10 p.m. during the summer.

BMW Thursday Night Lights - Thursdays

  • Complimentary guest ski-down each Thursday at 6 p.m. throughout most of the season.
  • Guests board the Haymeadow lift (#1) and then ski down with their guides, carrying special "glow sticks."
  • A fireworks display on the mountain follows.
  • Guests register at the Beaver Creek Children's Ski and Snowboard Center and must be intermediate level skiers or snowboarders.

Vilar Center for the Arts Children's Theater
The resort's famed Vilar Center for the Arts appeals to families through its special Children's Theater performances.  Programs are scheduled at varying times throughout the winter season.  Highlights include "Ferdinand The Bull", Bob Berky the Clown's "What’s In The Box?", "The Nutcracker" A Puppet Production, The Kennedy Center’s "Harlem", Landis & Co's Theatre of Magic "The Snow Queen" and the Russian American Kids’ Circus. 888/920.ARTS.

Snowshoeing in McCoy Park
This fantastic family activity keeps active minds and bodies busy discovering the beauty of the outdoors.  McCoy Park offers endless snowshoe trails, geared toward all ability levels, where kids of all ages can "get lost" in the spectacular scenery.  The Beaver Creek Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center rents pint-sized Atlas snowshoes, as well as the regular-sized version to outfit the entire family.  Check out the guided snowshoe treks, too. 970/845.5313.

Camp Hyatt
A signature Hyatt Regency program, Camp Hyatt offers kids a variety of indoor and outdoor activities all day long, including snowshoeing, winter nature tours, storytelling, arts and crafts, and cookie baking.

  • Open to kids 3-12.
  • Open 9 a.m.-10 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Cost: $13 per hour, excluding meals. Lunch or dinner available for an additional $5.
  • Babysitting available for $15 per hour.
  • Reservations are recommended: 970/949.1234.

Other Kids' Programs
The Beaver Creek Resort Information Center can make recommendations on other activities such as fly fishing, sled-dog touring, sleigh rides, and more. Stop by their office at the base of the mountain or call 970/845.9090.

Cultural at Altitude

Vilar Center for the Arts
Since its opening in February 1998, Beaver Creek's Vilar Center for the Arts remains the first and only theater of its kind in a mountain resort community. Inspired by a small, turn-of-the-century opera house in Munich, Germany, this intimate venue is located in the heart of Beaver Creek Village underneath the outdoor ice rink.

The Vilar Center hosts world-class performing arts of the caliber typically found at Carnegie Hall in New York or the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. It serves as a focal point in the village, offering music, drama, dance, film and children's entertainment to resort guests.

  • 530-seat theater with unobstructed views from every seat in the house.
  • 1,500-square-foot visual arts facility, the May Gallery, located adjacent to the theater.
  • State-of-the-art acoustics with special silk sound panels built into the walls that can be moved up or down to "tune" the interior space of the theater.
  • Equipped with professional sound, lighting and production equipment, projection and control rooms, two star dressing rooms, two chorus dressing rooms and a green room.
  • Constructed using natural Colorado pine and fabrics and colors inspired by autumn in the Rocky Mountains.
  • The theater enjoys support from more than 400 donors throughout the Vail Valley including its naming patron and part-time Beaver Creek resident, Alberto Vilar.

Art Galleries and Boutiques
Since the completion of the core village four seasons ago, Beaver Creek has become a hotbed for a number of high-end art galleries and boutiques, featuring paintings and sculptures by such renowned artists as Thomas Kinkade, Maxine Roberts and Thomas deDecker. There's even a boutique of hand-crafted jewelry that features the resort's insignia, the beaver.

  • Beaver Creek Fine Art Gallery 970/845.8500
  • C. Anthony Gallery 970/845.8645
  • J. Cotter Gallery 970/949.8111
  • Knox Gallery 970/949.5564
  • McClure Gallery 970/748.0600
  • Mudhead Gallery 970/949.1333
  • Pismo Gallery at Beaver Creek 970/949.0908
  • Pismo Art Furnishings 970/949.9495
  • The Sporting Life Gallery 970/949.5999
  • Thomas Kinkade Beaver Creek Gallery 970/949.7171
  • The Golden Beaver 970/949.1085

Places of Pampering - The Spas of Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek's spas take personal indulgence to new heights, pampering guests with their own version of a "Rocky Mountain High."   Each of Beaver Creek's three major spas offers a wide range of treatments and fitness options, from the more traditional to the metaphysical.

Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Resort and Spa
970/748.7500 or
www.allegriaspa.com

  • Rejoice in a soothing setting of exotic flowers and whispering mountain streams. Take calm in the vivid paintings, cascading waterfalls and fresco ceilings. Warm textures and compelling interiors welcome you to discover the ancient principles of Feng Shui.
  • 20,000 square feet with 20 treatment rooms, a retail boutique, a tea and book bar, a meditation room, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, indoor/outdoor Jacuzzis, sauna and steam rooms, a hair and nail salon and a make-over room.
  • An extensive list of treatments that include Feng Shui treatments, barefoot massage, ginger peach wraps, fruit and honey scrubs, aromatherapy facials, hot stone pedicures and a variety of massages.
  • Fitness classes feature pilates, yoga, spinning, guided meditation, fit ball, sports conditioning and aerobics; other guided activities include guided hikes and snowshoe tours.
  • A special spa menu is available.
  • A Must Try Barefoot Massage: Ashiatsu:  A modernized version of the Japanese practice of "walking on backs," the Ashiatsu therapist uses parallel bars suspended from the ceiling to remove some of his or her weight while literally walking barefoot and massaging the guest's back. Feet, hands and hot stones are used to induce deep relaxation. A favorite treatment among men!

The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera
800/877.3529 or 970/926.2117 or
www.cordillera-vail.com

  • Three to five live exercise classes daily including aerobics, yoga and pilates.
  • Seven treatment rooms, a hair and beauty salon, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, indoor/outdoor Jacuzzis, sauna and steam room, tennis courts and hiking and biking trails.
  • Customized fitness programs for each guest that might include a group activity in the morning (early-morning hike or exercise class) and a personal trainer in the afternoon.
  • Organized outdoor activities include early-morning hikes, mountain bike rides, cross-country ski and snowshoe treks, tennis and golf.
  • Spa treatments feature a variety of massages, body wraps, body polishing and dry brushing, hot rocks massage, hydrotherapy and aromatherapy facials.
  • The award-winning Restaurant Picasso offers a special spa menu.
  • Must Try:  A morning snowshoe trek or hike in the valley surrounding Cordillera followed by a classic Swedish massage.

Spa Struck at The Charter
970/845.3185 or
www.spastruck.com

  • Nine treatment rooms, including two esthetics rooms, four tiled wet rooms for hydrotherapy treatments and a separate room featuring a $15,000 hydrotherapy tub imported from France.
  • Fitness room, two pools, two hot tubs and hair salon.
  • Treatments include a variety of massages, manicures and pedicures, aromatherapy, reflexology, seawater baths, hydrotherapy, pre-natal, body wraps and facials.
  • Must Try: Detoxifying Seaweed Body Wrap: This treatment is used for toning and reduction by models and movie stars the world over. After exfoliation, the skin is covered with seaweed from France. The seaweed is warmed, allowing the body to absorb its nutrients while the therapist performs a scalp massage followed by a foot massage. Finish the experience with a refreshing shower and hydrating body lotion massage.
  • Must Try: Hot Stone Therapy: Black polished lava stones are heated in water then covered with oil and massaged into your skin. The heat from the stones transfers into your muscles warming them to melt away tension and stress. The therapists then use their hands to massage the muscles to make this a completely relaxing experience. Recommended length of time to schedule this therapy is 80 minutes.

Nordic and Telemark

Nordic Activities

McCoy Park™

Beaver Creek is among very few resorts in North America with a dedicated snowshoe and cross-country ski park atop its mountain rather than at the base.

  • Elevation 9,840 feet
  • 32 kilometers of beginner, intermediate and advanced marked and named, groomed track and rustic trails
  • Accessed by the Strawberry Park Express™ lift (#12)
  • Lift operation: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily
  • “Foot pass” allows lift access for users, nominal fee
  • Beaver Creek Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center is located at the base of Strawberry Park Express lift (#12) and offers equipment rental, lessons, and maps

Snowshoeing

One of the fastest growing sports in the country, snowshoeing accounts for a major portion of business at the Beaver Creek Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center.  It’s easy to learn and is a great family activity that appeals to kids, teenagers, adults and grandparents. Call 970/845.5313 for prices and reservations.

On-Mountain Snowshoe Trails
These trails are located on Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead Mountains, outside of McCoy Park. Refer to the Beaver Creek trail map for routes.

  • Allie's Cabin Trail™
  • Ermine's Tale™
  • Village Trail
  • Arrowhead Trail™
  • Gundy's Camp Trail™
  • Village Loop
  • Beano’s Trace™
  • Spruce Saddle Loop™ 
  • Discovery Overlook – scenic stop and picnic spot

Snowshoe Tours

The Beaver Creek Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center offers a variety of tour options throughout the season.  Each is led by a knowledgeable guide, and features a look at the flora and fauna found in McCoy Park.

Daily Snowshoe Nature Tours

  • Two-hour tours depart from the center
  • 10 a.m. daily, and additionally at 1 p.m. on Sundays

The Ultimate Snowshoe Tour

  • Full-day tour of McCoy Park and gourmet deli picnic at the Discovery Overlook or inside a heated yurt (in case of inclement weather)

Private Guided Tours

  • Customized to the needs of the guest
  • Cost varies for morning, afternoon and full-day tours

Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series

This popular series features four races during the season in various locations throughout Beaver Creek.  Beginners and walkers can enjoy a leisurely 5K or one-mile stroll, while hard-core competitors battle for a prize purse in the 10K race. The series takes place Dec. 14, 2002, Jan. 11, 2003, Feb. 22, 2003 and March 15, 2003.  Visit www.bcsnowshoe.com or call 970/476.6797 for more information and registration.

Snowshoe Rentals

All snowshoe rentals are provided by Atlas™ Snowshoe Company, manufacturer of the top snowshoes on the market today. Beaver Creek features the latest and greatest snowshoes to leave Atlas’ warehouse, including various models for kids and adults as well as super lightweight racing shoes popular with runners. The Beaver Creek Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center offers the latest in snowshoe boot rentals with Salomon's waterproof "Snow Monkey."

Telemark

Another blast from the past, Telemark or “tele” skiing is currently experiencing a resurgence, offering winter sports enthusiasts yet another option and a true challenge on the mountain. Call 970/845.5313 for lesson and workshop prices and reservations.

Introduction to Telemark: Group lessons twice a week for never-evers.

  • Rental equipment available through Beaver Creek’s Telemark Demo Center

Telemark Workshop Series: Presented by the Vail and Beaver Creek Ski Schools, the Vail/Beaver Creek Telemark Workshop Series invites everyone from never-evers to seasoned telemark skiers to experience the popular workshops. 

Participants can learn the basics or fine-tune their skills in a fun and relaxed learning environment.  Women-only, Kids-only and Open (co-ed) workshops cater to all ages and abilities:

Cross-Country

McCoy Park’s 32-plus kilometers of trails are groomed for classical cross-country skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing.  Group cross-country lessons and tours are offered daily for those who wish to learn the sport or hone their skills. Call 970/845.5313 for prices and reservations.

Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing: Half-day group lesson for never-evers.

Next Step: Half-day afternoon option for advanced beginners and intermediates.

Half-Day Track Tours: Explore the groomed trails of McCoy Park with an instructor/nature guide for intermediate to advanced cross-country skiers with good hill skills.


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