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The mission of the Arrowhead Alpine Club is to provide to its members an enjoyable experience, opportunities for social exchange and a professional staff. This community has been a place where families, athletes, retirees and professionals have come to enjoy Colorado at its’ finest.  Come and join us and enjoy a little piece of Edwards history…plus a whole lot more!

History of the Arrowhead Community

Settlement of the Avon/Beaver Creek/Arrowhead Area began.
Pioneers and homesteaders moved to the area that would become Arrowhead under President Abraham Lincoln’s Homestead Act (1862), farming hay, lettuce, and raising cattle to feed local miners. The location was a prime wildlife corridor for deer and elk.
David “Pete” Dodo bought the McCoy Ranch.  Ultimately, he took ownership of all the property making up Arrowhead.  Pete spent years working the land to level it and raised Hereford cattle on the land until he sold it.
Pete sold his 1,200-acre ranch to Jim Krentler of Colorado Springs.  Jim expected that he would make money on the land with Colorado hosting the 1976 Winter Olympics which was subsequently vetoed in a statewide voter referendum.  Kingsbury Pitcher designed and cut the first run on the mountain, named The Real McCoy.  It started on what is now Cresta just above the entrance to the current Tomahawk run and continued down the current Tomahawk run to the bottom of the mountain.  The mountain had no lifts, with skiers skinning up the mountain or taking a ride in snow cats.  Krentler then worked with Marty and Jack Mankamyer to position the property to sell with the assistance of a planning firm from San Francisco and architect-planner Jared B. Morse who developed a master plan proposal for residential development.  The property ran from lower Bachelor Gulch on the east to the current boundary on the west.  While walking the property one day, Marty found a white quartz arrowhead after which the property was named Arrowhead at Vail.  The arrowhead was likely from the period when the Ute were in the area.
Beaver Creek opened.
The Houston-based Wedge Group purchased most of the interest in Arrowhead and the development of the land began.  The Arrowhead at Vail Association was Incorporated in 1983.  Cresta run was cut.  Pete Seibert would organize snow cat tours on the mountain.
The Arrowhead ski area opened based on ski runs designed by Pete Seibert, Pete Seibert Jr. and Jim Clark with a lift in its current location.  In addition to The Real McCoy and Cresta, Golden Bear and Upper Little Brave were available runs.  The base area consisted of an old Ranch House with tickets sold out of a window in the garage.
Vail Associates acquired Arrowhead and Arrowhead Mountain.  Arrowhead has the first Yurt in the valley in the current Yurt’s location.  Arrowhead ski area had the first modern snow making fan guns, ahead of Beaver Creek and Vail Mountains.
Arrowhead and Beaver Creek were connected with the completion of Bachelor Gulch and European style village to village skiing became available for Beaver Creek.
The Arrowhead Alpine Club opened creating the social, activity, skiing, and fitness facility for its members.
An expanded and updated Country Club of the Rockies clubhouse opens offering its members and the community special dining, social and fitness engagement opportunities.