Targeting the luxury market, Beaver Creek is an unashamedly exclusive resort situated 16km west of Vail with varied slopes, upmarket shops and restaurants and a high standard of accommodation.
Inspired by world-renowned resorts such as St Moritz and Cortina, Beaver Creek was developed in the 1980s by Vail Resorts with the vision of creating a modern and user-friendly ski experience. Just a 30 minute drive from Eagle-Vail airport, Beaver Creek is a smaller and some might say more glamorous version of its neighbour, Vail.
The lift system spreads across the the mountains to Bachelor Gulch and on to Arrowhead, offering a true village-to-village ski experience, more often seen in Europe. The mountain, lined with aspen-groves, offers beautiful vistas, wooded scenery and varied slopes below the treeline.
The village itself is compact and traffic-free with heated pavements and a series of cascading plazas connected by escalators, a serious plus point for those who struggle to walk in ski boots. The smart and modern centre features upmarket shops and restaurants as well as an open-air ice rink, and everyday at 3pm free chocolate chip cookies are given out at the base of the Centennial Chairlift.
As a result of being purpose-built, the resort has a high standard of mostly slopeside accommodation with excellent facilities. Bachelor Gulch is home to a small collection of luxury chalets, condos and mountain lodges but there are plenty of exceptional luxury chalets in Beaver Creek too. The town of Avon below offers some slightly cheaper accommodation as well as further shopping and dining opportunities.
“Beaver Creek is home to plenty of excellent dining options ranging from cosy lodges to swanky fine dining establishments although table-service mountain restaurants are members-only.”
8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill
With a slope-side location at the base of the Buckaroo Express Gondola, 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill at Park Hyatt is popular for its hearty mountain fare, prepared in an open kitchen with a massive wood-burning grill. A great venue for a drink after skiing, the bar provides complimentary smores every evening and offers a selection of organic wines and Colorado microbrews.
www.hyatt.com/gallery/beave8100 / +1 970 827 6600
Grouse Mountain Grill
Award-winning Grouse Mountain Grill at The Pines Lodge is the place to go for fine dining. Friendly and welcoming, dishes are prepared from scratch, with ingredients locally sourced from Colorado family farms and ranches. Recommended dishes include ‘Warm Lobster Mascarpone’ and ‘Pretzel Crusted Pork Chop’.
www.grousemountaingrill.com / +1 970 949 0600
With a museum-like setting amidst a large collection of American Western antique furnishings and artefacts, SaddleRidge is full of old world charm. The restaurant has three dining rooms, a huge stone fireplace and a small but diverse menu featuring Western American cuisine.
www.saddleridgebeavercreek.com / +1 970 754 5456
A 20 minute snowcat-powered sleigh ride away, Beano’s Cabin sits at the top of the slopes within the White River National Forest. A former hunting lodge, this cosy pine-log cabin provides a 5-course menu featuring hearty Colorado cuisine and wild game options.
www.beanoscabinbeavercreek.com/beanos / +1 970 754 3463
“Whilst not renowned for its wild nightlife, Beaver Creek still has a range of lively bars and upmarket lounges where you can enjoy live music and local brews.”
A favoured local hangout, Coyote Cafe is the place to kick back and relax fresh of the slopes. Previously voted ‘the best apres-ski in Beaver Creek’, this fun and friendly bar-restaurant has a large heated patio, Mexican appetizers and an extensive microbrew and margarita menu.
www.coyotecafe.net / +1 970 949 5001
Powder 8 Kitchen and Tap
Situated at the base of the mountain, Powder 9 Kitchen and Tap at Park Hyatt provides the perfect spot to unwind after a day on the slopes. Live music, a fire pit and a great selection of beers from several of Colorado’s best breweries make this a popular apres-ski pit stop.
www.hyatt.com/corporate/restaurants/powder-8 / +1 970 754 3463
Located in the heart of the village, the Dusty Boot steakhouse and saloon has a wild-west setting featuring cowboy hats and buffalo skulls galore. Happy Hour is from 3pm to 5pm, seven days a week and there is an extensive range of margaritas and tequilas.
www.dustybootbeavercreek.com / +1 970 748 1146
Mexican restaurant by day, Agave is Beaver Creek’s go-to-nightclub after 10pm. Agave hosts special events throughout the year and is the best place to go for live music. Specialising in tequila, there is a daily Happy Hour and a full selection of beers, wines and spirits.
www.www.agaveavon.com / +1 970 748 8666
“Family-friendly Beaver Creek is home to over 1,800 acres of skiable terrain ranging from excellent nursery slopes to the famous World Cup downhill course.”
Accessed by fast quad chairs, the slopes immediately above Beaver Creek divide into two sectors; Spruce Saddle and Bachelor Gulch (which links to Arrowhead). The resort has an impressive snow record, receiving on average 325 inches, backed up by excellent snowmaking.
Beginners are well catered for with excellent nursery slopes at resort level and at altitude, and there are endless long, quiet blues for intermediates. Having hosted the World Ski Championships three times, most recently in 2015, you can be sure that there is a good deal of steep terrain and glades to challenge more experienced skiers too. There are also several terrain parks and a superb 32 km mountaintop network of cross-country tracks at McCoy Park.
Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School
Learn from the best at Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School whether it be one-on-one or as part of a group. A full range of skiing and snowboarding lessons are available with programmes geared towards age and ability.
www.beavercreek.com/ski-and-ride-lessons / +1 970 496 4925
The Talons encompasses Beaver Creek’s most advanced terrain and participants must complete a certain amount of the terrain within their lesson to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. To become a Gold Talons Team Member, participants must complete one run from each lift in The Talon. For the ultimate Platinum membership, all thirteen runs within The Talons must be completed.
+1 970 496 4925
“In addition to the first-class amenities and service on the slopes, Beaver Creek also offers numerous activities for skiers and non-skiers alike.”
Hot Air Ballooning
Fly like a bird and enjoy breathtaking views of the beautiful Eagle-River Valley and Rocky Mountain vistas. Flights take around an hour and include a hot beverage, a personalized flight certificate, and a post flight ceremony with complimentary champagne brunch.
www.camelotballoons.com / +1 970 328 2290
Enjoy a half or full-day snowmobile excursion, taking in 360 degree panoramic mountain views and crossing endless miles of open meadows. Alternatively rent your own snowmobile and enjoy the freedom of the Colorado backcountry.
www.novaguides.com/snowmobile-tours / +1 719 486 2656