By Larry Olmsted
This escapist enclave, built to deliver a luxurious and convenient experience, is a cloistered yet convivial home away from home.
From Ski School Ambassadors who carry your gear to escalators built with boots in mind, Beaver Creek was designed to eliminate the hassles associated with ski trips.
With one of the best and largest ski schools in the world, a self-contained village built around an ice-skating rink, and immediate proximity to top-shelf dining, shopping, and activities, it’s the ultimate luxury retreat.
Farm To Table
The executive chef at 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill in the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek hand-selects ingredients from small-scale farmers in Colorado and around the country.
By booking the private chef’s table, set just outside the kitchen, you can watch the staff create dishes like delicate bison carpaccio with truffle salt and pecorino, then slice into them yourself.
At the celebrated and rustically elegant SaddleRidge, you can dine on modern Western cuisine among one of the world’s largest private collections of American Indian and Western art.
Celebrity Chef Splurge
Feast on Wolfgang Puck’s signature dishes, such as “chinois-style” lamb chops and house-smoked salmon, at Spago in The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, one of just four locations worldwide.
Beaver Creek has a misleading reputation as a haven for softies.
While it is one of the best places to learn, nearly 40 percent of its terrain is rated black, double black, or extreme.
The Stone Creek Chutes showcase 200 acres of steep, backcountry-style skiing with cliff bands; Royal Elk and Black Bear glades are filled with expert-level trees; and Grouse Mountain is home to enough double-black bump runs to make the fiercest of mogul skiers’ quads burn.
The Talons Challenge requires you to ski or ride Beaver Creek’s 14 most difficult runs in a single day.
Most attempts occur on the annual Talons Challenge weekend in March, but with a private instructor you can earn the honors anytime.
Make Your Mark
Want to try telemark skiing?
Beaver Creek’s Nordic Center offers some of the best private instruction in the world.
White Glove Service For posh accommodations with a doting staff to boot, book a suite on the Club Level of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, which features its own concierge and lounge.
On Top Of The World
At the posh and private Trappers Cabin, you can truly have first tracks all to yourself.
Trappers has four bedrooms, four baths, a billiards room, a steam shower, and an outdoor hot tub—and a stay includes snowcat transportation, a champagne welcome, a private chef for breakfast and dinner, and more.
Beaver Creek is known for its unrivaled cache of luxury ski-in/ski-out homes, hotels, and condos.
Snow Cloud Lodge, at the base of the lifts in Bachelor Gulch, offers the best of all worlds: a beautifully appointed condo and access to all the services of the adjacent Ritz-Carlton hotel.
The Vilar Performing Arts Center is one of the only world-class performing arts centers located at a ski resort.
The breadth of its performances—you can see everything from Mamma Mia! to Handel’s Messiah—is as impressive as its list of performers.
Any morning just after sunrise (weather permitting), you can get a bird’s-eye view of the snow-covered Rockies on a hot-air balloon ride with Camelot Balloons.
Worried about frigid temps?
Coffee and hot chocolate are served just before the launch, and you’ll be warmed by the heat source that keeps the balloon afloat.