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Beaver Creek

Is Beaver Creek for real? Free parking, quaint Bavarian village, escalators that make the typically chaotic, booted schlep to the chairlifts nearly effortless. A ski valet at your hotel who, after helping you into your heated boots, carries your skis to the chair. Swift, well-placed lifts that, in a brisk 15 minutes, deposit your mixed-ability brood at the summit, where you're comfortable sending the kids off to explore Powell, Mystic Maze and Jack Rabbit Alley while you fry your quads on Golden Eagle, the country’s only FIS downhill course. Or the single lift ride required to rendezvous for lunch, followed by an afternoon lapping the all-levels-friendly Strawberry Park and Upper Beaver Creek lifts. It’s real. All of it. Right down to the warm chocolate-chip cookies at day’s end. The price tag? Unfortunately, that’s real as well. —D.W.

What’s New » The Rose Bowl triple was replaced with a high-speed quad that cuts the 10-minute ride in half, spelling quicker access to Stone Creek Chutes.

On-Hill Lunch » Settle into an outdoor table at Red Tail Camp for barbecue and live music during Deck Days, every Sunday from late February to early April.

Don’t Miss » Create your own clinic. New this season, ski school will offer custom coaching to groups of four, max. Your wish (bumps, steeps, trees) is your instructor’s command.

Spa at Cordillera

Spa at Cordillera
"Skiers Escape" Package Includes:
    Nightly accommodations.
    Daily lift tickets for two people, valid at Beaver Creek or Vail.
    Complimentary continental breakfast when skiing at Beaver Creek.
    Complimentary afternoon snack when skiing at Beaver Creek.
    Complimentary shuttle to and from Beaver Creek.

PHOTO: Cordillera
A spa at a full-service luxury resort.

Down the road from Beaver Creek, in nearby Edwards, Cordillera is a full service, luxury resort. The spa lives up to the rest of the establishment. Weather permitting, try the Massage with a View, and get you knots worked out while you soak up the scenery.
http://www.cordilleralodge.com/spa; (970) 569-6359

Avon Recreation Center

Avon Recreation Center
Avon Recreation Center
Ride the 140-foot water slide.

To burn some more energy once you’re off the slopes head to the Avon Recreation Center. It has a gym and offers fitness classes, but the real highlight is the aquatic center. The pool has a 140-foot water slide, lazy river, in-pool climbing wall, diving well, and hot tub.
www.avon.org; 970-748-4060

Thursday Night Lights

Thursday Night Lights
If you've still got energy, the slopes illuminate for night skiing and riding.
PHOTO: Las Leñas
A glowstick-lit ski parade complete with fireworks.

Every Thursday, the Beaver Creek ski school has a glow stick-lighted ski parade down the Haymeadow while the ski patrol sets off fireworks from higher up on the mountain. Intermediate skiers and above can participate while lower-level skiers can watch and roast marshmallows outside McCoys Café.
www.beavercreek.com

Spa Struck

Spa Struck
spa struck facial
Three locations in the Vail valley.

Spa Struck offers massages, body wraps, facials and spa packages, including some that are dude-oriented and cut the flowery stuff. They have three locations in the Vail valley, The Charter, in Beaver Creek, Manor Vail Lodge and the Vail Spa, so you’re never far from a massage.
www.spastruck.com

Spa Anjali

Spa Anjali

Set along the banks of the Eagle River, the year-old Westin’s 210 rooms range from studios to three-bedrooms, with custom kitchens, marble bathrooms and gas fireplaces. Floor to ceiling windows let tons of light in—and keep heating costs down. Other green touches include recycling bins in guestrooms, low-flow faucets and showerheads and preferred parking for electric or hybrid cars. A 25-meter outdoor lap pool and infinity hot tubs use a saline-based filtration system that requires 90 percent less chlorine than a typical pool. True, it’s not slopeside: Skiers board the new Riverfront Express Gondola to Beaver Creek Landing, then a free shuttle to the village or Lower Beaver Creek chair. But the thought put into this new hotel makes it worth the journey.

$249–$1,400

riverfrontresortandspa.com

The spa at the Westin Riverfront prides itself on its eco-friendly practices.

The Westin Riverfront is an eco-friendly establishment, and Spa Anjali, the hotel’s spa is no different. They use all-natural and organic ingredients and try to keep waste to a minimum. The spa has 14 treatment rooms, a lap pool, 3 infinity style outdoor whirlpools, sauna and steam rooms and a salon.
(970) 790-3020; www.westinriverfrontavon.com

Dog Sledding in Wolcott

Dog Sledding in Wolcott
Dog Sledding-Vail
Take a break from the slopes and enjoy a day of dog sledding during your vacation to Beaver Creek or Vail.

The six-mile, two-hour-long dogsled ride at Mountain Musher is located about 10 miles outside of Beaver Creek, and takes place on all of their own private trails. Dog sledders don’t have to share the path with snowmobiles or other vehicles, making this tour a peaceful ride through the trees. Children over four-years-old are allowed to ride on the two-person sleds.
Wolcott, Colorado | 970.653.7877 | mountainmusher.com

Grouse Mountain Grill

Grouse Mountain Grill
Grouse Mountain Grill
The most sophisticated menu at Beaver Creek.

The most sophisticated menu at the resort, which is saying a lot, Grouse Mountain Grill is know for making everything they serve, from bread to sausage, in house. The restaurant has been Zagat rated, and won Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since the mid 90s.
970-949-0600; www.grousemountaingrill.com

Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
After a Power Yoga or Anusara Yoga class, endulge in an Apple Pie facial. Colorado apples, raw sugar, cinnamon, apple extract and natural oils are blended for an exfoliating scrub, followed by a wrap, a warm Vichy shower and an application of vanilla body cream.
ritzcarlton.com
Photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch
The perfect blend of rustic and elegant, the Ritz is all about service.

A giant lodgepole and timber cabin, this hotel is the perfect blend of rustic and elegant. Planted at the base of the Cabin Fever trail with its own high-speed quad, the Ritz is all about service: Ski valets stand at the ready to stash your ski sand dry your boots; the outdoor fire pit is stocked with marshmallows and roasting sticks; a “ski nanny” will commandeer your kids and deliver them to ski school while you hit the slopes. Or the spa—the award winning Bachelor Gulch spa has 19 treatment rooms and a lengthy massage menu. Hey, the mountain will be there in the morning.

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