Beaver Creek Opens With Powder

New snow blankets the Vail Valley with additional accumulation expected this weekend Beaver Creek Offers Special Kids Stay Free, Ski Free and Fly Free Offer This Season BEAVER CREEK, Colo.¿Nov. 23, 2001¿The Thanksgiving holiday celebration continues as Beaver Creek opened today, Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, with nine inches of fresh powder and the prediction of more to come. Snow continued to fall as guests began lining up for first chair this morning, prior to the resort’s 9 a.m. opening.

“Waking up to nine inches of fresh powder on opening morning was certainly call for thanksgiving,” said John Garnsey, chief operating officer of Beaver Creek Resort. “We couldn’t be happier. With more snow and colder temperatures expected this weekend and into next week, we’re looking forward to additional natural accumulation and improved snowmaking conditions.” Beaver Creek opens the 2001-2002 season with two chairlifts and two runs; Gold Dust, accessible from Centennial Lift (Chair 6) and Haymeadow, accessible from Haymeadow Lift (Chair 1). Hours of Operation: Beaver Creek will operate on an early season schedule, from 9 a.m. ¿ 3:30 p.m., through Dec. 21, at which time the resort will begin lift operations at 8:30 a.m. for the remainder of the season.

Lift Ticket Prices: Early season lift tickets purchased at the ticket window are $35 for adults and $20 for children (12 and under). All lift ticket prices are subject to change. Pass restrictions are in effect today, Friday, Nov. 23, 2001 and tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001. Parking at Beaver Creek: Both the East and West Day Lots at the base of Beaver Creek Resort are open to resort guests at no charge. Complimentary shuttle service is provided at five-minute intervals during peak periods (from 6 ¿ 10 a.m. and 3 ¿ 5 p.m.), and at 10-minute intervals throughout the remainder of the day from both lots. Parking is also available in Beaver Creek Village at the Village Lot at a rate of $5 per hour, not to exceed $15 per day, on a limited, first-come, first-served basis. The first two hours are free.

Kids Ski Free, Stay Free and Fly Free to Beaver Creek:

There’s never been a better time for families to book a Beaver Creek vacation. United Airlines and Vail Resorts have teamed up to offer an unprecedented deal to vacationing families this winter season. Kids ages 12 and under fly free on United Airlines from designated markets and stay and ski free at Beaver Creek, Vail, Breckenridge and Keystone resorts when accompanied by a paying adult. Passengers must travel to Denver International Airport Sunday ¿ Thursday and depart from DIA Monday ¿ Friday.

Once at the resort, each child is eligible for one free lift ticket with every adult lift ticket purchased for up to six days. Kids 12 and under also stay free in the same hotel or condominium with a paying adult (packages based on double occupancy). Beaver Creek, Vail, Breckenridge and Keystone lodging properties are all offering additional savings as part of the promotion. Packages start as low as $617 per adult for airfare, four nights lodging and four days skiing for two adults and two kids (restrictions apply). For additional package information or to book a kids fly, stay and ski free vacation, visit or call (888) 222-9374. Consumers also can call Mountain Vacations at (800) 775-7995 or United Vacations at (800) 754-8614, extension 4701 or book online at This promotion is valid for air travel and accommodations Nov. 20, 2001 ¿ April 30, 2002 with the following blackout dates: Dec. 19, 2001 ¿ Jan. 1, 2002 and Feb. 14-18, 2002. Offer must be ticketed by Dec. 14, 2001. Offer does not include taxes and surcharges applied to child’s airfare. Other restrictions may apply.

For more information on current snow conditions, lodging packages, what’s happening at Beaver Creek or to view live mountain cams, visit or call (800) 404-3535.