Beaver Creek opens Wednesday, Nov. 25, with a hot contest. The world famous Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition is on the mountain on opening day. Recipes have been submitted and five finalists will be chosen to each bake 1,000 cookies and serve them in the village at 2 p.m. until supplies run out. Guests get to sample and vote for their favorite. That cookie will then become the resort's official Cookie Time recipe.
Beaver Creek's 29th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is the day after Thanksgiving on Beaver Creek Plaza. It's a festive affair with fireworks, carolers, and Santa on a Zamboni. The 7th annual Fantasy Gingerbread competition is also going on all day on Friday. Check out the unique gingerbread houses at Gerald R. Ford Hall at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa.
The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is offering an early-season winter deal. Buy three nights and enjoy the fourth night for free, a free room upgrade, and free daily breakfast for two from Nov. 26-Dec. 17. Rates for two adults and two kids start from $169.05 per person in a Courtyard View room.
Another early-season deal is offered in Avon. Buy two nights of lodging and two days of skiing and get one additional night of lodging and one day of skiing for free. Dates are Nov. 25-Dec. 19. Package rates start at $198 per person/per night in a condominium.