Sitting high in the Colorado Rockies between Vail and Aspen, exclusive Beaver Creek is one of North America’s best ski resorts. Here’s why.
1 MOUNTAIN WELCOME TOUR
2 EPIC MIX
This online and mobile app tracks skiers’ movements via a chip embedded in lift tickets, and tells you which runs you’ve skied and how many vertical feet you’ve descended. It then posts (or boasts) about your exploits on Twitter and Facebook. You can also compete with yourself or with friends and family members for the best descent time, and upload photos of yourself taken slope-side by staff photographers.
3 SKI AMBASSADORS
In a country well known for its service standards, Beaver Creek goes that little bit further with its Ski Ambassadors, who roam the ski slopes and village square. They’ll point you in the right direction, offer to carry your skis if you’re struggling, chat to the kids and even provide you with sunscreen and tissues when in need. If you need restaurant recommendations, just ask.
4 SKI SCHOOL
Ambassadors on hand once more to organise gear and enrolment forms, plus some of the USA’s top instructors, make Beaver Creek’s ski-school experience easy for all. You can do group or private classes, but the Ultimate 4 semi-private option allows individual attention from an instructor without having to forego company. Girls aged 7-14 can join Ski Girls Rock, which provides both instruction and confidence-building. The ski school’s The Ranch facility at the summit of Buckaroo Gondola is well geared to kids and provides snacks and lunch stops.
5 GREEN RUNS
About a quarter of the runs at Beaver Creek are suitable for beginners and, as an added bonus, many are located at the top of the mountain, giving novices the best of the views, which is unusual in a ski resort. The green and blue runs are groomed as smooth as icing on a cake, and a relative lack of crowds means those just starting out gain confidence quickly. Short, quiet runs on Arrowhead Mountain are a good place to start; one is even called Piece O’ Cake.
6 ADRENALINE RUSH
Beaver Creek is often associated with easy skiing, but advanced skiers and snowboarders will have little trouble finding a challenge. The Stone Creek area (reached on the Cinch Express chairlift) has expert terrain whose steep chutes are excellent after fresh snowfalls, and Grouse Mountain also provides runs such as the double black-diamond Royal Elk Glades. Also check out Larkspur Bowl (especially after new snow) and runs such as Osprey, Bald Eagle and Black Bear Glade.
7 ICE SKATING
Black Family Ice Rink in the middle of Beaver Creek Village is petite but a great pleasure. You can rent skates and helmets for a spin (or spill) on the ice. Fire pits and mugs of hot chocolate provide warmth as visitors lounge on outdoor sofas overlooking the action. Evenings are best, with various family, disco and jukebox events. Lights twinkle from the surrounding shops and stars shine overhead.
8 BEANO’S CABIN
A frigid but beautiful, starlit snowcat ride hauls you up the hill to this log cabin in the pine trees, which provides views of the light-twinkled valley and moonlit peaks. The interior is a modern take on Wild West stereotypes, with cowhide chairs, bearskins, elk-antler chandeliers and open fires. The menu combines Colorado game and seafood flown in from New England; leave room afterwards for the caramel apple pie with roasted white chocolate.
This massive hotel is a log cabin on steroids, complete with stag heads and rough-hewn stone and timber like a set from Game of Thrones. If you don’t stay here, ski down Bachelor Gulch during the day for a drink on the terrace, where bluegrass bands often play and fire pits provide flicking warmth on a overcast day. The hotel’s expansive spa might also entice you away from the slopes.
10 THE OSPREY
If this hotel were any closer to a chairlift, your bar stool would be hoisted directly onto the slopes. It takes 10 seconds to step out the door and be on the Strawberry Park Express chairlift. The Osprey at Beaver Creek is a small property with large rooms in a sleek, modern style and has outstanding service, including a ski concierge to look after your gear. The outdoor pool and hot tub are fabulous when the snow falls; even the poolside deck is heated.
Call our free concierge service on 1800 908 254 and one of our travel experts will be happy to assist you with booking.
P: 1800 908 254