The Ultimate Beaver Creek Weekend Travel Guide
Ah, Beaver Creek. Think: freshly baked cookies delivered by chefs in white suits the moment you descend from the mountain. Warm lift seats, heated sidewalks, and conveniently-placed escalators so that you don’t have to go up stairs in your ski boots. It all sounds like a dream, right?! Well, that is exactly what is in store for you at this exclusive Colorado ski resort town. The level of service and luxury is unparalleled at Beaver Creek – culminating in their motto, “not exactly roughing it.” It goes without saying that this is my kind of ski town!
Perched high in the Rocky Mountains, Beaver Creek is home to some of the highest slopes in the country, meaning there is typically always quality snow from mid-November to mid-April. Because it is one of the furthest resorts from Denver, it also tends to be less crowded (locals often opt for closer options like Keystone or Breckinridge). The slopes are evenly divided between beginner, intermediate, and expert-level runs, and snowboarders are welcome, too!
The Scene at Beaver Creek
Geared towards luxury travelers and families, Beaver Creek is more about a boujee winter experience and less about the club scene (like what you’d find in Aspen). So, if you’re looking for all-out nightlife, this might not be the right choice for you.
On the other hand, if you enjoy a sleigh ride to a white tablecloth dinner or taking in the views as you sip a perfectly crafted cocktail, all of your dreams are about to come true.
Getting to Beaver Creek
There are two ways to get to Beaver Creek: flying directly into the smaller, and therefore more pricey, Eagle Country (Vail) airport, or flying into Denver International and renting a car. The drive is around two hours depending on traffic. Once you get to Beaver Creek, you won’t really need your car as most things are walkable.
Where to Stay in Beaver Creek
Slightly more secluded on the Bachelor Gulch side of the mountain lies the Ritz-Carlton. Staying here will truly level up your experience. With a four-star spa and fitness center, ski concierge, in-house ski school, and a premier sushi restaurant, The Ritz-Carlton is 22,000 square feet of pure luxury. As you enjoy s’mores and happy hour by the fire each night, it’s safe to say you will feel like you are in a winter wonderland.
A stunning mountain lodge that boasts luxury private properties. Located steps from the Centennial Lift, you’ll be centrally located to all the best aprés and dinner spots! The concierge will take care of everything from setting up rides, to dinner reservations, to drying off and storing your skis each day.
Located right at the base of Gore Mountain in the heart of Beaver Creek Village, the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa is a great ski-in/ski-out option. You can easily grab a drink at 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill, but it’s Antler Hall that will become your favorite for apres ski indulgences.
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Where to Eat in Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek Village is the heart of the resort with five-star dining, luxurious hotels, a performing arts center, and great shopping – all centered around a fun outdoor ice rink.
Located right at the bottom of the main lift, the Chophouse is great for both lunch and apres. On a sunny afternoon, enjoy a drink on their patio while you watch the remaining skiers glide down the mountain. At night, they offer an upscale steakhouse dining experience in their main dining room. With key lime pie martinis, freshly shucked oysters, and the best loaded nachos I’ve had in a while, you won’t leave disappointed.
Allie’s Cabin is one of Beaver Creek’s three famed on-mountain fine dining cabins. To eat at Allie’s, you have to be a Beaver Creek Club member (or be friends with one). It’s the “it” spot to be seen at for midday lunch on the mountain. With great cocktails, incredible food, and even better views, this spot can be compared to Aspen’s “Cloud Nine.”
Sometimes, all you really want after a long day on the mountain is a good ole burger and fries with a cold one. Get the Dusty Boot’s signature “Fat Burger” with crunchy onion rings, or for something on the healthier side, go with their tuna poke power bowl.
Treat yourself to a date night at this modern American bistro located at the gorgeous Chateau Hotel, where they use all locally sourced and foraged ingredients. From local Froi Gras and coffee roasted beets to delicate Dover Sole and Valrhona chocolate souffle, it’s a full-on dining experience. If you have a group, rent out one of their signature yurts and enjoy the chef’s tailored tasting menu under the stars.
Take an open-air sleigh ride (pulled by a snowcat) to the top of the mountain for an incredible five-course meal. Prices start at $140 per person, but the splurge is worth it! Upon arrival, you unbundle and swap out your snow boots for slippers. Executive Chef Bill Greenwood takes “locally sourced” to a whole new level by harvesting daily from Beano’s garden and foraging in the mountains for greens, berries, mushrooms, and roots. You do not want to miss his exquisite Berkshire pork porterhouse with heirloom antebellum grits, honey-glazed carrots, and apple preserves!
For a nice night out in the village, head to Toscanini, right next to the ice rink. This restaurant boasts innovative Italian flare, yet has plenty of gluten-free options. Tapas are served from 3 pm to 8 pm, and it is reservations only for the dining room. Ask to talk to the on-site sommelier for recommendations on the perfect wine pairing for your meal, selected from their extensive Italian wine list.
Craving a pizza night while you rest those sore legs? Blue Moose is the go-to around here. You can’t go wrong with their signature flying pig pizza or their mushroom, truffle oil, and goat cheese “autumn” pie.
From blind caviar tastings and sashimi to fish tacos and live lobster, this is the go-to spot for seafood. Plus, by Beaver Creek’s standards, it’s reasonably priced, too!
Where to Aprés in Beaver Creek
While this is a more family-oriented resort area compared to Breckenridge or Aspen, there are still several spots where you can find the apres crowd.
A local dive where you’ll be sure to find all the powder junkies gathering for post-shred margaritas (this is the spot to catch a game as well).
Right at the base of the mountain, across from the Centennial Lift, you can sit out on the Patio of C-Bar and sip a key lime martini as you watch the last of the skiers roll into town from the mountain.
Get ritzy at The Ritz. Hop off the mountain from the Bachelor Gulch side, and you’ll almost immediately be on The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch Mountainside Terrace, where you can visit Daniel’s Bar & Grill. There is typically live music or a DJ performing outside, so sit back, relax, and ritz TF out. You could even stay for dinner at their acclaimed restaurant WYLD (if you can get in).
Everyone loves an oven-roasted pizza paired with a cold drink. Featuring a massive patio and central fire pit, there’s no better spot to hang out once the lifts stop running!
With a 3-5 pm happy hour, this is another great spot to snag a small bite and maybe even a matcha green tea cocktail.
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