Here in the Northeast, we're expecting near blizzard conditions - at least a foot of snow may fall by day's end. Winter 2017 is definitely in full swing.
Recently, I attended a special Viacom/VH1 winter party in Beaver Creek, Colorado. The event was called “Lift Ticket To Ride” and was held at The Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. The entire weekend included winter sports, cocktail receptions, and a wonderful dinner at the well-known Beano’s Cabin Restaurant, located at the foot of the towering Grouse Mountain. 65-guests, along with some of the industry’s hottest names in music were there - here are some photos, enjoy.
During the winter, Beano’s Cabin is accessible via open-air sleigh pulled by a snowcat. Here I am on the sleigh with Sean Moran, head of sales for Viacom Media Networks.
There are blankets on the sleigh to keep the snow off, but everyone is advised to dress warmly for the 20-minute ride.
It is a beautiful ride up the mountain. Snow-covered evergreens glisten at every turn – these trees were also covered in tiny lights – eveything looked very pretty.
These are the snowcat’s track marks. The tracks are made in various widths and out of different materials. A wide track typical steel with rubber belting snowcat can travel through the deepest of powder.
This legendary restaurant, nestled in a mountain meadow at the base of Larkspur Bowl, was once a lettuce patch. Frank Bienkowski, “Beano”, was an original settler and longtime farmer.
Here’ the entrance to Beano’s Cabin. It is such a beautiful and serene location within the White River National Forest.
Opened in 1986, Beano’s Cabin offers a truly special mountain dining experience. On one side is a large wall of windows looking out onto the surrounding landscape.
The ceilings are vaulted and adorned with antler chandeliers. There is also a warm stone hearth for guests to enjoy.
An antelope head mounted above appeared to watch all the activity.
The restaurant also had pillows specially made with VH1.
Pretty garlands were placed along the center of each table and accented with votive candles.
I took this quick snapshot in the back kitchen as they prepared our meal.
Here I am with SVP communications for VHI and Logo, Liza Burnett Fefferman.
Here, I am joined by SVP integrated marketing at VH1, Amy Wigler, and our own Kim Miller-Olko, SVP programming and development.
I posed for this photo with Viacom SVP brand & consumer insights, Michael Desmarais, and Jon Mallow, SVP connected content at Viacom.
In this photo, Sean is on my right and Robert Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks is on my left.
Robert welcomed all the guests and thanked everyone for attending.
Here is one of Kim, myself and Robert.
And here I am with actress, singer and songwriter, Vanessa Williams.
The menu included a corn bisque with truffle chive cream, a salad, Colorado lamb meatballs, gnocchi, chicken or a roast beef tenderloin for an entree, and apple pie for dessert.
Here is the soup, served in a small saucepan – it was delicious.
Contemporary R&B singer, songwriter, and producer Trey Songz sang for all the guests – it was one of the highlights of the evening.
After dinner, we all hopped back on the snowcat driven sleigh for the ride home – here’s our sleigh driver.
Most snowcats have two sets of tracks – you can see the tracks here. Snowcats are traditionally used for grooming snow trails, but they are also used for polar expeditions, logging in marsh areas, and leveling sugar beet piles.
The snow started coming down pretty heavily during the 20-minute ride back to the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch, but everyone had a very fun time. Thanks, VH1!