Beaver Creek Gets Even Ritzier


Beaver Creek, CO, Oct. 4--Visitors of Vail Resort's tony Beaver Creek ski area will soon be able to check into a Ritz-Carlton. Beaver Creek already has a reputation for--and no shortage of--luxurious accommodations, and last week the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company identified the resort as a perfect spot for one of their grand hotels.

The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, developed jointly with Vail Resorts and Vestar-Athens Real Estate Company, should begin construction in January 2000. Located near the Bachelor Gulf Express high-speed quad in the central village, the property should open by the end of 2001.

Architectural inspiration comes from the national park lodges of Grand Teton, Zion, Yellowstone, and Yosemite.

"We are so pleased to offer our guests such a fine ski destination as Beaver Creek in our resort portfolio," said Horst Schluze, president of Ritz-Carlton Hotels.

Preliminary designs for the hotel include 240 rooms, three restaurants, a lobby lounge and library bar, five meeting rooms totaling 4,800 square feet, a 7,800-square-foot ballroom, a 20,000 square foot spa and fitness center, and a 1,500-square-foot children center.

Heads up mountain property seekers. Some 25 penthouse residences are in the works and should go on the market by this December.

"The addition of this wonderful property will certainly enhance the year-round amenities and attractions of Beaver Creek Mountain," said Adam Aaron, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

Beaver Creek will also see the completion of Red Sky Ranch Golf Club by the summer of 2000. The new 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio will be available to guests of the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.