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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 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.

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

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