Beaver Creek's ski mountain has over 1,815 acres of accessible terrain for all skill levels and the town has attractions to suit all tastes. Winter fun includes cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and the simple joy of a gondola ride high above the Rocky Mountains. In the summer, the mountain does double duty as an excellent playground for hikers and mountain bikers. And for golf aficionados, there may not be a more scenic course than the the 18-hole Beaver Creek Golf Club framed by colorful aspen and the mountaintops of nearby peaks.
Don't forget to stay hydrated no matter what time of year you're visiting Beaver Creek.
Beaver Creek is not a crowded mountain, so take your time getting to the lifts — there's rarely any lines and skiers tend to spread out on the mountain.
Beaver Creek was designed with luxury in mind and the wealth of elegant lodging reflects this idea. The premier hotels are located on the ski mountain, making for easy walking access to local shops and restaurants within the ski village. Sampling the fine cuisine at neighboring hotels is an excellent way to experience the diversity of world-class dining. A free shuttle service runs between the mountain's three lodging hubs (ski village, Bachelor Gulch, Arrowhead).
The high elevation (8,000 ft.) can take a while to get used to. Take it easy with alcohol the first night, especially if arriving from sea level.
If you're coming to ski on a budget, nearby Eagle and Avon offer lower rates on lodging (10-15 minute drive to the ski area).
Beaver Creek is a self-contained community and there are several world-class restaurants within walking distance of most hotels (or in many cases, within the lodges). Expect high caliber cuisine, especially when the chef targets locally farmed Colorado ingredients. There are also small bistros and coffee shops in most hotels, perfect for when you need a quick bite before starting your ski day.
While most restaurants have a mountain casual dress code, it's worth a call ahead to double check.
Be Sure to Sample:
Pizza at the Blue Moose; it's every bit as delicious as the fare offered at high-end establishments.
Nightlife at Beaver Creek has a quiet, subdued elegance. Restaurants are classy and the bars/pubs are mountain-cozy, with friendly locals mingling with international travelers. Live music ranges from classical pianists to swinging jazz and it's worth touring the hotels in the village to showcase the talent in town. The Vilar Performing Arts Center hosts Broadway shows, musicals and other theatrical performances. Those looking for a more energetic, late-night party can take a shuttle over to Vail (about 15 minutes away) for dance clubs and trendy bars.
Take It or Leave It:
Beaver Creek is a quiet town, so if you're hoping to dance the night away you'll need to visit nearby Vail or Avon.
Where to Shop
Beaver Creek offers several ski shops in town as well a pro shop for golfers. If you are in the market for elegant apparel, fine art or jewelry, there are several excellent options in the ski village, all within walking distance of most hotels. Sophisticated fashion designers offer exclusive access to their collections at Beaver Creek's high-end boutiques, rivaling New York and Paris while maintaining mountain class.
If you're looking for more utilitarian outdoors gear, the local ski shops have just as much fashion as the boutiques.