Time to hit the slopes

If you enjoy cooking, get out of the kitchen and head for Beaver Creek resort, 10 miles from Vail, Colo., where the annual Culinary Classic takes place from February 1 to 3.

The festival, held in conjunction with Bon Appetit magazine, will open with the Master Chef Challenge, in which chefs will have 20 minutes to concoct a culinary delight that includes one mystery ingredient. Also on the agenda: a cooking class, a wine workshop, a wine and spirits seminar and a celebrity-chef ski race.

Eagle County Regional Airport, which has an 8,000-foot runway, is the best bet for those flying in on business jets. It is about a 20-minute drive from Beaver Creek. Jet-A fuel is available; call the airport at (970) 524-9490  for information about services and fees.

For more about the event, visit www.beavercreek.snow.com.

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