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Beaver Creek delays opening day

November 19, 2021, 1:43 pm

Vail Resorts on Friday issued the following press release on the indefinitely delayed opening of Beaver Creek (originally set for Wednesday, Nov. 24) due to warm, dry fall conditions:

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Thanks to a couple of great weather windows, we’re excited to share that snowmaking is in progress! However, due to recent warm temperatures, we are delaying our opening day until we are able to finish making snow at the lowest elevations on the mountain. We are keeping our eyes on the forecast and will issue an update on our new target opening day soon.

Our operations teams are monitoring the weather minute-by-minute and our expert snowmakers will continue to make snow in our base area at every opportunity. Early-season conditions are not indicative of season-long snow conditions; we’re excited for a great winter ahead and remain dedicated to providing our guests with the best early-season experience possible.  

For guests visiting during the vibrant Thanksgiving holiday, Beaver Creek Village will host the World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie competition on Nov. 24, the 41st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 26, and our village ice rink will be open daily from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. For guests looking to ski and snowboard during this period, Vail Mountain – just 10 minutes down the road from Beaver Creek – is open! Guests on the Epic Pass can also ski at Breckenridge and Keystone!

Further, Beaver Creek Village will welcome its newest restaurant concept, Citrea, showcasing an entirely new menu. Located in the heart of Beaver Creek Village alongside the ice rink, Citrea combines Colorado ingredients with modern culinary interpretations of Mediterranean cuisine.     

For the most up-to-date resort information, visit https://www.beavercreek.com/. I also attached a snowmaking image here in case you need assets. 

2 Responses to Beaver Creek delays opening day

  1. Steven Propst Reply

    November 22, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Actually, to drive from Beaver Creek (assuming they parked at the Parking Structure and not in one of the lots) to the Vail Transportation Center takes appx 19 minutes according to Google Maps, then to walk to the Gondola would take another 5-10 minutes depending on how fast a person walks. So, to avoid misleading people and to keep the trust of your client base, I would suggest telling people the truth, that it would take appx 30 minutes to get from the base of Beaver Creek to the base of Vail Mountain if there were no delays. If you tell people 10 minutes, many will end up wasting their day thinking they have more time than they do anyway. It was a dumb idea to open soon also. I’m willing to bet that 90% who have lived in the valley more than 10 years agree. Sometimes, our valley won’t see a solid base until January. With climate change, the wildfires, and everything else going on, you should expect less snow in the future early seasons, not more. We already have a bunch of pissed off people in the valley who thought there would be an abundance of skiing. (Yes, I know that was a VR decision, not a RealStaff decision) Good Luck.

  2. David O. Williams Reply

    November 22, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Steven. As stated in this first line of this post, “Vail Resorts on Friday issued the following press release …” This was straight from the VR PR team and simply reposted by Real Vail. That being said, I’m not seeing a bunched of pissed off people expecting an abundance of skiing. People on the hill today, or at least the tiny part of it that’s open at Vail, seemed to be making the best of a bad situation. I don’t disagree that this may become the new normal, and I totally agree with you on opening dates, as I stated in this blog back on Aug. 31 when Vail announced its Nov. 12 opening day (which it did achieve): https://www.realvail.com/early-opening-at-vail-ski-races-at-beav-sound-good-but-its-mother-natures-call/a11252/

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