Beaver Creek, Colo., Nov. 23, 2009—The 2009-2010 ski season gets underway at Beaver Creek this Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. offering skiing and snowboarding on the main mountain. The Haymeadow beginner run will be served by the Buckaroo Express Gondola and several surface lifts. The Centennial Express Lift (Chair 6) will offer access to the Lumberyard Terrain Park as well as the intermediate Latigo trail. Lift tickets for Beaver Creek’s opening day will be $69 for adults, $59 for seniors and $45 for children 12 and under.

“Our snowmaking and mountain operations crews have been taking advantage of the cold temperatures and natural snow to produce a good manmade surface for our guests during the Thanksgiving holiday,” said John Garnsey, chief operating officer for Beaver Creek.

The Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard School will open for the winter season Wednesday with private and group instruction offered for kids and adults. Two new programs are available this season. The Ultimate 4, a semi-private lesson for kids featuring the “ultimate” student to instructor ratio of no more than four, provides more individualized feedback and more one-on-one time with pros. Rates start at $247 for the lesson only or $270 including a lift ticket. Ski School Adventure Sessions pairs similarly skilled intermediate or advanced skiers and riders with a top guide to get the most our of a ski day including lift cutting privileges and technical tips for just $129 per person.

Spruce Saddle Restaurant will be open and skiers and snowboarders can refuel on the new Epic Mountain Burger which includes a fresh bun, two fresh, Angus quarter-pound patties with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, organic white cheddar cheese and a special signature sauce. “Lunch for Less” is a new value meal for $9.95 that includes an entree, side dish and a beverage and will be offered at fast casual on mountain dining locations.

At 2 p.m. sharp on Wednesday afternoon, skiers and snowboarders can indulge and vote on their favorite recipe during the World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition which takes place in the Village near the ice rink. The top five finalists from last month’s Cookie Competition which included more than 80 entries will be serving 1,000 cookies each in a competition to determine the resort’s official Cookie Time recipe. Each day at 3 p.m. resort guests enjoy warm chocolate chip cookies all season long.

Guests visiting Beaver Creek can park for free in the parking lots along Highway 6 in Avon and ride a shuttle to the Village. Beaver Creek Village paid parking will begin on Wednesday. For complete details on all of the resort’s events including the opening day World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie competition, Holiday Tree Lighting and Gingerbread competition, World Cup and weekly family events, visit www.beavercreek.com or call (970) 754-4636.