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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.

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.

Foxnut

Foxnut
Foxnut, Beaver Creek
A creative Asian-fusion bar in Beaver Creek Village.

The neon-pink and lime-greem décor at tiny Foxnut is an unusual—yet fitting—backdrop for offerings from the Asian-fusion menu. The crispy ginger shrimp and spicy “tunatinis” with wasabi cream will get you started off right.
Beaver Creek, Colorado | 970.845.0700 | bcfoxnut.com

Mirabelle

Mirabelle
mirabelle, Beaver Creek
Sublime European-influenced cuisine in a 100-year-old landmark farmhouse,

Chef Daniel Joly turns out sublime European-influenced cuisine at Mirabelle in a 100-year-old landmark farmhouse. Try his savory foie gras with gingerbread galette, herb-crusted Colorado lamb or traditional Dover sole meuniere.
Beaver Creek, Colorado | 970.949.7728 | mirabelle1.com

The Blue Moose

The Blue Moose
Blue Moose
A kid-friendly pizza joint.

The most family oriented restaurant in the Beaver Creek village, the Blue Moose specializes in kid-friendly pizza and every table is covered with paper to encourage coloring. Luckily, they also have a well-stocked bar to keep adults happy. A Vail location opened recently in Lionshead village.

Bluemoosepizza.com; (970) 845-8666

Larkburger

Larkburger
Larkburger
Fast food with a fine dining background.

Fast food with a fine dining background, Larkburger is an offshoot of Thomas Salamunovich’s Larkspur restaurant in Vail. The menu is small, just a few varieties of burger, fries, and milkshakes, but everything is high quality, and made with all-natural and organic ingredients. Don’t miss the truffle and parmesan fries. They’ve expanded into Denver and other major Colorado cities, but the original location, in Edwards, is right at the base of Arrowhead.
Larkburger.com; (970) 926-9336

Pazzo's Pizzeria

Pazzo's Pizzeria
Pazzos
Where everybody knows your name.

You might have to fight through a two-deep crowd of locals to put your order in, but Avon’s version of Cheers serves up the best pizza in the Beaver Creek area. The wait can be monumental, up to two hours on a busy winter night, and they don’t take reservations, but the Cabo pizza, with shrimp, jalapenos, and cilantro, is worth it.

(970) 949-9900

Simply Massage

A great place to get an apres-ski massage at an affordable price.

It’s hard to argue that there’s anything more relaxing than getting a massage. What’s even better than a massage—a massage that won’t break the bank. At Simply Massage, they specialize in deep tissue work, and have incredibly affordable prices compared to some of their mountain counterparts. Focusing only on massage, they have perfected what they do. If you’re hurting from too much activity, these guys can help you out with a sports massage that will have you back on that horse in no time.

Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt

The Appeal Family-embracing luxury is what the Hyatt does best, with s’mores happy hour by the firepits from 4 to 5 p.m. daily and casks of cocoa in the lobby. But there’s plenty of grown-up appeal in the tasteful rooms, two-story Allegria Spa—which received a $12 million expansion in 2006—and the new 8100 Mountainside Grill.

Specs 167 rooms and 23 suites; $199–$5,500 

Room to Book Ask for a king room that connects to a double—an ideal family option.

Contact beavercreek.hyatt.com

This hotel is perfect for the whole family.

Family-embracing luxury is what the Hyatt does best, with s’mores happy hour by the fire pits from 4 to 5 p.m. daily and casks of cocoa in the lobby. But there’s plenty of grown-up appeal in the tasteful rooms, two-story Allegria Spa—which received a $12 million expansion in 2006— and the new 8100 Mountainside Grill. This hotel has 167 rooms and 23 suites; ask for a king room that connects to a double—an ideal family option.
Beaver Creek, Colorado | 970.949.1234 | Beavercreek.hyatt.com

Restaurant Avondale

Restaurant Avondale

Beaver Creek, Colorado

Veal meatballs and thin-crust pizzas are tops here. View the menu here.

Stop in the Westin Riverfront for a meal after hitting the slopes.

In Avon, the Riverfront Express Gondola stops at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, where chef Thomas Salamunovich, of Vail’s Larkspur fame, hits the high notes at Restaurant Avondale. Veal meatballs and thin-crust pizzas are tops.
Beaver Creek, Colorado | 970.790.5500 | avondalerestaurant.com

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