Beaver Creek Photo Journal
“Not exactly roughing it” Daily, hand-delivered groom maps; digital trail guides; personalized concierge service; ski valet; exquisite dining; gondola rides; village escalators; rejuvenating spas; designer shopping and a posh après ski scene…the slogan rings true. Don’t think that just because you’re spending your day on the slopes you’re going to miss out on the pampering treatment – high tea at Beaver Creek means freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at the base of the mountain – free for everyone and hand delivered by chefs adorned in white coats and berets, just make your way down for a 3:00 indulgence. This is skiing/boarding at it’s finest!
Beaver Creek Landing
What an awesome review and super cool Christmas vacation for our whole family! The timing was perfect – just as the holiday festivities were commencing in Beaver Creek. We spent 4 amazing nights at the Beaver Creek Landing, at a ski-in/ski-out condo located in the Bachelor Gulch area of Beaver Creek, just steps away from a chair lift up mountain. The condo had everything we needed (and plenty more) – we were able to prepare meals in our kitchen, soak in our giant tub, warm by the fireplace, and catch a movie on our big screen. Concierge service was fantastic – planning tools were abundant and the staff at the Landing provided us with additional, personalized assistance to design the perfect vacation for our family. At the Landing, we had several options including in two, steamy, outdoor hot tubs; a heated pool; foosball; a mega-sized chess set; a pool table; fire pit (which we enjoyed nightly with our s’mores ingredients) and an overall family friendly atmosphere. The ski-in/ski-out was unbeatable – we had our own, luxury ski lockers and could just gear up and go, ski back to the condo for a drink/snack/romance/warm up by the fire/whatever…and head back out again.
Beaver Creek Landing is removed from the center of the bustle, in Bachelor Gulch, which is one of three on-mountain villages in Beaver Creek and a local ski/snowboard favorite due in part to the warm morning sunshine, lack of congestion on the runs, and abundant tree skiing (according to chats with friendly locals). The Landing offers several, beautiful new amenities including personal ski lockers, complete with boot driers and automatic exit doors, making the ski-in/ski-out amazingly convenient. Transportation was a cinch in Beaver Creek – with our car safely parked in the garage at the Landing, we could simply dial a ride for a free shuttle to where we needed to go, and they always arrived within 10 minutes or less. Learn more about the amenities at Beaver Creek Landing at: http://www.eastwestbeavercreek.com/beaver-creek-landing
Bachelor Gulch Amenities:
• Lift ticket office, Ski & Snowboard School
• Retail apparel and equipment rental in Beaver Creek Sports
• Main access to the Bachelor Gulch Express Lift with beginner & intermediate terrain
• Restaurants, outdoor patio and bar
• Free dial-a-ride shuttles to Beaver Creek Village
Beaver Creek Landing partners with Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt located at the base of Beaver Creek mountain. As a guest at the Landing, we were able to enjoy several of the amenities at Allegria Spa. We explored the Aqua Sanitas water sanctuary and massaged sore muscles beneath the warm waterfalls – perfect because I was still recovering from my snowboarding adventure at WP the previous weekend, ha. Allegria Spa caters to those preferring a day away from the slopes as well, featuring several massage packages for those who don’t ski. Details at: www.allegriaspa.com.
Beaver Creek Mountain
Beaver Creek is a top-rated Colorado resort with endless outdoor recreation opportunities including skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing – with over 146 trails and 26 lifts. I wasn’t sure at first if three full days on the mountain would be too much, but let me tell ya, day three was just the beginning – I could have spent a full week on this mountain, and would still be discovering awesome new territory. Dining wasn’t too shabby either. Fresh sushi and a glass of wine at Spruce Saddle Lodge – not my typical mountain lunch break, but I had to give it a try – a new favorite – it’s going to be hard to go back to sandwiches and chili after this experience, ha. The Lodge also features a $9.95 “Lunch for Less” including an entrée, side dish, and beverage, which is one of the best values I’ve seen in resort dining. And the views from the lodge weren’t so shabby either with giant, glistening ice cycles draping the windows overlooking the valley, covered with a powdery layer of fresh snowfall.
The kids took two days of lessons at Beaver Creek – our little one on skis and our seven-year-old in boarding lessons. Both advanced in their skills and had a great time meeting new friends and joking with their instructors. Our son was on the slopes with dad by the third day and did very well. Our three-year-old decided that she wouldn’t be returning to preschool – she’s switching to ski school!
Beaver Creek has received the Best Overall Safety Award from the national Ski Areas Association for three years running. The resort holds nine titles for instilling safety as a core value and practice among employees and guests.
Beaver Creek is a participant in EpicMix, a tracking program that monitors participant’s runs and reports stats online: http://www.snow.com/EpicMix/Home.aspx. It’s a great way to review your child’s progress and boast of your adventure on the slopes!
Beaver Creek Village
We spent a lot of our time in Beaver Creek Village just taking it all in. The main village is at the base of the ski area, and offers several dining options, plentiful shopping, and a charming ice rink in the center of it all.
For a special evening out, we dined at Toscanini in the piazza at the heart of the village. The atmosphere was lively, elegantly informal, and kid-friendly. Familiar Italian dishes were skillfully transformed into unique, contemporary cuisine with impressive combinations of unlikely pairings to create an amazing epicure experience.
While the cuisine at Toscanini was hard to beat, the handmade crepes were pretty delectable as well. In a small stand near the ice rink and next to a warm fire pit, a skilled chef stuffs paper-thin crepes with fruits, spreads, and drizzles of your hearts desire. Coupled with a hot cocoa, this was the perfect ending to a full day.
Upon arrival at Beaver Creek, we were provided with a folder of information including the week’s activities, trail maps & mountain guide, family information, and other helpful resources and phone numbers. It’s a lot to choose from, so be ready to hold a family meeting and take a vote.
One of the activities we had the opportunity to enjoy was ice-skating at the piazza. It was our final day in Beaver Creek and a lovely ending to an amazing vacation. With the trees adorned in lights and the snow falling lightly around us, it was a dreamy scene. The zamboni resurfaced the ice every three hours, making for continually smooth and graceful skating…skills aside.
There is certainly no shortage of things to do in Beaver Creek, and while I wanted to try them all, we only had time for a few, and that’s why we’ll be visiting again.
When we arrived back home, our son added, “Live in Beaver Creek” to the top of his Christmas list, which was posted to the front of our refrigerator for Santa to see…and Santa thought this was a very good wish.
For a list of things to do in Beaver Creek, visit: www.beavercreek.com