Top 5 Tuesday: Beaver Creek Colorado Winter Enjoyment Guide
Families and shredders alike, welcome to Beaver Creek. This world class ski destination – right outside that stress ball you have been dragging around – might be your solution to relief this winter. No pills required–pure joy, excitement and adventure await. With three alpine villages and a ski system that doesn’t require walking (constant shredding on fresh pow), it’s time to get inspired. Wax your board/skis and get going. Here’s this week’s top 5 reasons why Beaver Creek Colorado is more than a ski-town. In fact, Beaver Creek will be your new favorite winter ski destination, if you let it.
1. Slopes of All Angles
The world cup speed racers refer to Beaver Creek as their favorite destination for pristine slopes. Note that this was not concluded without ample proof, smiles and good times. I’d say that hosting the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships three times offers additional evidence.
So you don’t ski– not yet you don’t. You have numerous options at Beaver Creek for lessons tailored to every skill level and age. Partake in an entire private family lesson – if you wish to bond with your family while making pizzas in the snow and laughing as the other topples over. (at least that was my own personal experience.) Instructors provide lessons for adults and children for skiing & snowboarding, cross-country, snowshoe and telemark. I mean, they offer the opportunity to expose yourself and/or your kids to a whole new world of adventure. Personally, I am so thankful my parents decided to give me ski lessons, it’s great exercise and something you can enjoy with your entire family for years and years to come.
So trails. Let me tell you about the ones at Beaver Creek.
See those happy red lines, well lucky you, you have days of exploring to do, and 1,832 acres of it at that. These manicured slopes, lovingly worked on throughout each night in season to ensure the softest powder, offer adventure that moves you all over the mountain. Here’s a neato interactive map you can use to plan your day. You can’t go wrong with 150 trails and 25 lifts. You have possibilities!
Backelor Gulch, larkspur, Rose Bowl and Steep Bumps–Skiers and riders of all abilities will feel comfortable boarding/skiing, or maybe a tumble here and there down the mountain. All creative ways to find your way down the mountain are allowed in my book. While up on the top, give a go to the “Centennial,” the three mile train down the mountain, it’s the longest run!
At beaver creek they strive to provide the best service and top notch mountain fun. Hands down the best family- luxury resort. I’ll continue to tell you why.
2. Local Charm of "The Beav"
A personal friend of mine, who enjoys ”carvin the fresh pow” in the winter months relayed to me an extra special daily delight at Beaver Creek on the mountain. I found it so endearing that it needed to be apart of the top 5 reasons you should visit Beaver Creek. The sweetest chefs pass-out chocolate-chip cookies at the bottom of the slopes every day at 3:00 to the rubber-legged adventurers. That’s 495,000 fresh out of the oven cookies annually. And that’s service and love for the skiers at beaver creek community.
Helmut Fricker in the Village Plaza
Alpenhorn blowing, leaderhosen-wearing friend to all who has been entertaining the village and skiers alike since the area’s opening. I mean, why not?
Beaver Creek is just an entertainment pocket. Ja bitte.
Beaver Creek Ice Skating
Black Family Ice Rink, centrally located in Beaver Creek Village is for you and and partner or the whole family. Pull those skates on and glade around the fit pit lit village. Warm up and meet some new friends on the plush couches lining the rink. Community is a thing here. They even put on events for families. Each Monday and Friday evening is Jutebox skate night. It’s $5 for admission and $8-$14 for admission with rentals. So put your beanies (tobogons, hats. However you describe a head covering) and go central village 12:00- 9:00.
3. Beaver Creek Shops
Plethora of mountain gear shops, and plethora is used correctly here. 48 Shops to be exact with about 80% of those geared towards gear. These shops are the perfect to-do when off the slopes. From babysitting services to fossils and your classic souvenir, Beaver Creek truly offers a store each shopper could find themselves something nice. (you’re on vacation, treat-yo-self)
4. Mountain Top Dining
Lunch or supper at Saddle Ridge, located on the top of “Centennial” express chairlift #6, offers your fill of international cuisine by chef Chef Matt LaWare. Lobster tacos, freshly rolled sushi, pho, an organic salad bar, handcrafted pizzas & sandwiches, house made soups & chili’s and a daily grilled item – all can be had at Saddle Ridge. So whats so great about this place? Why should I spend my wallet fillings here Ariel? Well you will be seated amongst one of the largest private collections of authentic American Western artifacts & art outside of museums. And they provide you slippers. Yes, feet covering complimentary slippers. So go ahead, plan you ski day with this gem in mind, they have breakfast, lunch and dinner. (970) 754-5456 But get yourself a reservation.
Broken Arrow- Beaver Creeks Calimed Best Bloody Mary. Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Apres Ski. Located in Arrowhead Village at the base of Chair # 17.
Mamie Mountain Grill & Umbrella bar-European inspired Umbrella Bar with burgers, euro dogs and more on top of Bachelor Gulch Express Charilife #16.
Grouse Mountain Grill
This is for date night.
Enjoy the Jazz Poanist & vocalist Tony, Gulizar, and his 80% music and 20% hoping around and visiting guests. This ambiance of warm light glowing through the floor to ceiling windows onlooking the village won’t dissipoint. Be sure to try the crusted pork chop, a thick and tender staple of this restaurant. Located on 141 Scott Hill Road with a dress code of “smart casual.”
5. Nordic Center- The Skiing Alternative
Nordic Center, outside the hustle of the Village, beyond the crowd in Avon, Colorado is your ski alternative. Because this winter wonderland is still wondrous outside the fast moving skiing and snowboarding. Beaver Cree Nordic Center will make a snow-shower out of you. With the helpful staff and instructors they will show you the ropes, which kind of trail you should blaze and why Located at the top of the Strawberry park lift is McCoy Park, dedicated to only snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. Hire a guide or go it with just the family. Rent your shoes at the center or Sports Authority or Christy Sports. (Less expensive alternative) Breath taking views to be had. If I could guarantee it I would. This is a spectacular alternative to include the whole family for all skill types. Located on 128 Village Road, Avon Colorado.
I hope you are as inspired as I am by Beaver Creek Colorado. So get up make some snow angels and plan to carve the slopes but not your wallet with a stay from Tripbound.