Why Beaver Creek?
I spent several years of my life in Colorado and knew there were so many hidden gems. After coming across Beaver Creek, I just knew this was a unique place, unlike the other resorts in Colorado. I can’t say I have been to all the resorts in Colorado but I have been to most of them. Many people would choose Vail over Beaver Creek, but to me Beaver Creek really feels like a small mountain town isolated and completely remote. I can’t recommend Beaver Creek enough!
Where to Stay
Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch or Timbers Bachelor Gulch (where you still receive all the amenities of the
Ritz Carlton). This place is so amazing! It is so cozy and so cabiny, yet modern and luxurious. I stayed at the Timbers Bachelor Gulch in a 2 bedroom 2.5 baths. It was more than enough space for all four of us with a kitchen that opened to the dining and living room, two master bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a guest bathroom and a laundry room. The best part was the fireplace that we cozied up to after a long day of skiing, oh and the heated tiles in the bathrooms. I have stayed in a few different hotels in Beaver Creek, and this by far exceeded all of my expectations and I will definitely be staying here the next time I come to town. They have two delicious restaurants, one being Spago, a 20,000 square foot spa, a ski-valet (they take your boots off for you and keep them warm overnight), cookies when you get off the mountain and a beautiful roaring fireplace in the Great Room.
What to do?
Ski: Definitely, do this. I recommend checking out Christy Sports for ski and boots rentals. They are amazing at what they do!
Snowshoeing: They have a dedicated snowshoe and cross-country ski area of tracked and rustic trails. Check out their website here.
Sledding: You can go sledding on your own in front of the Ritz Carlton. Buy yourself a sled at Walmart and take it out on the baby slopes.
Dog Sledding: I didn’t get a chance to dog sled this trip but I have done it before and it’s an absolute must. See here.
Where to Eat?
Breakfast: Spago in the Ritz-Carlton lobby. The Eggs Benedict are so good, just the right amount of fuel to get in your body when you hit the slopes!
Apres-ski: Spago & the Great Room at The Ritz Carlton. I suggest getting the chili (even as a snack when you’re looking to stop during the day), hot chocolate with baileys and the whipped cream on top is just perfect when coming back from a chilly day! Another great apres-ski spot is 8100 at The Hyatt (the bottom of Centennial Express). They have a bar menu that starts at 2:30pm. Get the tater tots, pigs in a blanket, chicken wings or the french onion soup. The bar offers great service and atmosphere.
Dinner: Spago at The Ritz Carlton, they have an incredible dinner menu. There’s just so much to choose from; the pastas dishes are the perfect size (if you’re not a big eater) and light, the trio of sashimi is also a good light dish and the fish is so fresh. The sliders & pizzas are another favorite. Oh, and order the sorbet it’s so good! Zino, it’s just a little ways out of Beaver Creek in Edwards. To be exact, it’s about 5 miles away or an easy 15 minute drive. It’s a bit more low key than the Ritz, but the food was incredible. I recommend the butternut squash tortellini, ravioli, the carpaccio and the pizzas. All were delicious! 8100 at The Hyatt; in addition to their bar menu have a great dinner menu.
Things to look out for:
Altitude Sickness: I can’t say I have been prone to altitude sickness as I lived in Colorado so I feel like I am used to the altitude. I recommend drinking a lot of water and remember to stay hydrated! Some of you may decide to spend a night in Denver before directly heading up to the mountains. This may not be such a bad idea, allowing yourself to get used to the altitude before heading up into higher altitudes.
How to get there:
Car: Rent a car at DIA (Denver International Airport) and take the highway up to the mountains. It’s a beautiful drive, I highly recommend it and it allows you to sight see along the way.
Shuttle: For $100, you can take the Colorado Mountain Express (CME). It typically takes 2-3 hours depending on conditions.
Plane: From DIA, fly directly into Eagle Airport and from there take a shuttle to Beaver Creek which is no more than 30 minutes.
Have you ever been to Beaver Creek? Tell me your stories.