Beaver Creek , Usa
Beaver Creek is the perfect ski resort for those seeking the very best in life. Located 15km to the West of Vail it was purpose built in the 1980's - designed to cater for the very wealthy New York set. Most of the accommodation in Beaver Creek is of 5 star quality and exceedingly comfortable. it is naturally also exceedingly expensive. However, if you are looking for a quiet, exclusive ski resort with empty pistes and top quality hotels then this is the destination for you.
The centre of Beaver Creek is built as a pedestrian area with covered walkways, heated pavements and escalators accessing the various levels. It is well designed but being new does lack that 'real place' feeling, especially when compared to Breckenridge, Vail or Aspen. Although there is a good selection of restaurants in the village centre the on-mountain dining experience is a little disappointing.
For a great lunch we recommend a ski to the far end of the ski area to reach Bachelor's Gulch. Here you will find the Ritz Carlton hotel which is situated right at the foot of the slopes. Enjoy a fantastic lunch here before making your way back to the village of Beaver Creek at the end of the day.
Pros & Cons
- Exceptionally quiet slopes
- Skiing for all levels from superb groomed novice runs to daunting mogul fields
- Fast chairlift network
- Compact traffic free village
- Feeling exclusive
- Modern urban atmosphere in town
- Very expensive
- Disappointing mountain restaurants - the best ones are members only
A must is to take a sleigh ride to one of the log cabins that open for dinner- Toscanini, the Golden Eagle Inn and Dusty Boot to name a few. The Saddle Ridge is an interesting place with lots of old photos and Wild West artefacts
Really not too much choice. Spruce Saddle at mid-mountain is the main place with plenty to offer, while Red Tail Camp and Arrowhead are also recommended.
A few bars worth a visit are the Coyote Cafe, McCoys and Whiskey Elk.
Beaver Creek is not a resort recommended for thos who want lots of nightlife. Most people stay in smart hotels and and so tend to find entertainment, and smart bars close to home.