Ritz Carlton Opens Colorado Mountain Resort

23rd Dec 2002

Groves of lodge pole pine, surrounded by 13,000-ft snow-capped mountain peaks create the spectacular setting for the newly opened Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.
Nestled in a quiet valley at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, this signifies the first luxury property to be built in the mountains of Colorado in a decade. It presents a 21,000 sq-ft spa, ski-in/ski-out facilities, and 36 holes of golf in a setting that captures the essence of the American West.

A major highlight of the resort is its private 21,000 sq-ft spa and fitness centre. The Bachelor Gulch Spa at The Ritz-Carlton includes 19 treatment rooms, men`s and women`s relaxation lounges, together with a co-ed grotto and a lazy river hot tub, plus an outdoor heated pool.
The spa will incorporate elements of the surrounding Rocky Mountains to create an experience that delights the senses and invigorates the soul. Signature spa treatments, like the aptly named Fun-in-the-Mud and X-Stream Sports Mineral Wrap, integrate elements indigenous to the area, such as river stones, natural herbs and wildflowers from the national forest.

The resort is located in Bachelor Gulch, the central area of the popular village-to-village ski experience on Beaver Creek Mountain, where Bachelor Gulch provides skiers and snowboarders with groomed intermediate terrain with access to Beaver Creek in the east and Arrowhead to the west offering 1,625 acres of beginner to advanced terrain.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has been designed and built according to the design guidelines of the Bachelor Gulch residential area, which were inspired by the architectural themes of the grand lodges of such national parks as Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Yosemite. The resort will feature a variety of materials such as logs, timbers, stone and other indigenous natural materials. Approximately 100 fireplaces located strategically throughout the resort - in common areas and select guestrooms - help capture the essence of mountain living.

All 237 guestrooms provide mountain views and select rooms will offer private balconies with panoramic vistas. Frette linens, plush terry robes, marble bathtubs and heated bathroom floors are among the special guestroom features. Guestrooms also will include computer and fax hookups, an internet accessible television and three telephones. The entire resort is air-conditioned for the occasional hot summer day and each guestroom corridor is humidity controlled to counter the dry mountain climate.


Guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch will have the option of staying on the resort`s exclusive Club Level on the eighth floor, which will feature 33 guestrooms, six suites and The Ritz-Carlton Suite. The ambiance of The Ritz-Carlton Suite is enhanced by three stone fireplaces, one of which is near the bathtub so that guests can warm their toes while watching skiers on the slopes below. A private concierge will attend to Club Level guests, and five food and beverage presentations will be available throughout the day in an exclusive lounge.

The resort offers three dining experiences and has more that 40,000 sq-ft of indoor and outdoor function space including a 7,200-square-foot ballroom, six individual meeting rooms, two boardrooms and extensive pre-function space. Six meeting rooms are named after the original bachelors of the valley - Anderson, Berg, Howard, Mays, Mertz, and Smith - and include balconies and large, picture windows for panoramic mountain views.

The resort also features a 1,500 sq-ft Ritz Kids centre for year-round, daily indoor and outdoor activities, and resort guests will have preferred tee times at the new Red Sky Ranch Golf Course. Consisting of two new 18-hole championship courses, designed by Tom Fazio and Greg Norman, both courses will be open for play by summer 2003.

Winter offers visitors world-class skiing and snowboarding, but when the snow melts, the Vail Valley reawakens with unlimited summer activities such as hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, music festivals, cultural activities and more.



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