By Shauna Farnell
You’ve finally made it to Beaver Creek.
You’ve bundled up the kids, made sure everyone has eaten, and organized the evening with friends.
Make time for yourself to do what you came here to do: ski.
Escaping the crowds and finding some space to get your ski legs back is super simple thanks to the natural separation of areas on the mountain.
Arrowhead is one of the resort’s best-kept secrets, offering delightfully non-crowded green, blue, and black trails.
Grab a map from the ticket window and head that direction.
As indicated by its name, Piece O’Cake is an easy option.
From Beaver Creek Village, take the Strawberry Park Express chairlift and turn right on Primrose, a slow and steady trail that takes you on a meandering tour along the top ridge of the resort with sweeping views of the surrounding peaks.
Primrose ends at the top of the Arrow Bahn Express, and from there you catch the wide and winding Piece O’Cake.
Where the trail forks, stay left to get to the base of Arrowhead or go right to another green trail, Stirrup, which takes you to Bachelor Gulch, home to an even larger (but more populated) selection of beginner and intermediate trails.
Cabin Fever off of Primrose is another great option; it’s a wide beginner trail that introduces a slightly steeper slope, a perfect small step progression once you’re feeling comfortable.
OK, you’ve got some skills already:
Your friends might even call you “hardcore” or “hotshot.”
In this case, the Beav’s No. 1 place for experts is Grouse Mountain, home of the resort’s longest, steepest, bumpiest runs and typically so uncrowded that you can ski onto the chair without waiting in line on every lap, even on Saturday.
There’s no better place to work on your form and challenge yourself—at your on pace.
A good ski day isn’t complete without a stop to refuel on the mountain.
Here are a few suggestions for tasty grub to keep your energy up or unwind if you need to.
For grab-and-go breakfasts, the Beaver Creek Cookie & Crepe Company next to the Covered Bridge in the village has yummy egg-and-cheese or sweet crepes (strawberries and Nutella, anyone?), plus coffee and smoothies.
If you find yourself in Arrowhead and want to sit, relax, and sip on something, the Broken Arrow is famous for what is likely the best Bloody you’ll ever have.
With a tree of celery shooting out the top and an overstuffed toothpick of veggies, peppers, cheese, and cold cuts, these spicy, tomato-y treats are coincidently packed with nutrients.
Talons, the Beav’s newest full-service restaurant and bar, is conveniently located at the base of the Birds of Prey, Grouse Mountain, and Larkspur lifts (Chairs 9, 10, and 11).
The European-inspired eatery has a number of cuisine stations throughout its cafeteria and plenty of seating indoors or out in the sun.
Get a fresh cut of meat from the carving station, an all-veggie, made-to-order salad, or bowl of freshly made soup with a homemade strawberry rhubarb tart for desert.
Located at the top of Bachelor Gulch Express Chairlift, Mamie’s Mountain Grill/Umbrella Bar offers the best views in the resort and serves a killer burger.
If you make your way back to Beaver Creek Village, there’s no shortage of satisfying lunch options, but a little hole in the wall—Hooked—serves fresher seafood and sushi than you’d ever expect in the Rocky Mountains in addition to a spicy collection of tacos, po’boys, and freshly made sandwiches.
Sometimes a gal’s just gotta work on herself without worrying about everybody else in the family.
Keep reading for a few options to improve your game on the mountain.
If you have no idea where to begin your ski day, get a (free!) insider-y, two-hour peek at the Beav’s terrain with a fun female instructor and a group of women, complete with a hot chocolate stop at the end.
Tours depart from the base of the Centennial Express lift at 10:15 a.m., Tuesday through Friday, allowing plenty of time to drop the kids at ski school or enjoy a leisurely morning.
Women’s-only ski school/Ultimate 4
Maybe you’ve never skied before.
You’ve always wanted to try it.
Now is the time.
Designed with the notion that a group of four (or fewer) is the ultimate way to learn—in other words, intimate enough that you get personal instruction but motivating when you have a handful of others for moral support—Beaver Creek offers Ultimate 4 lessons expressly for women.
Led by a female coach with no more than four women in the class, these lessons are geared toward first-timer and beginner skiers.
They teach the basics of body positioning and navigating the mountain’s easiest green runs.
Bonus: Lessons are offered in the afternoons from 12:45 to 3:15 p.m., so your mornings are still free.
Contact the Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard School to reserve a spot.
Nothing expedites your ski or ride progression like a personal coach.
Whether you’re trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time, wanting to tighten your carving technique, or learning how to master moguls, the instructor customizes the lesson (full day, half day morning, or half day afternoon) to your needs.
Go for a one-on-one session, or invite up to five friends or family members to join.
Enrolling your little guys in Children’s Ski & Snowboard School is one way to score some time for yourself to make some turns.
Beaver Creek offers lessons in all shapes in sizes for kids of all ages, including basics like equipment instruction, stopping on skis, and getting on and off the chairlift.
Maybe your little one isn’t quite old enough to hit the snow, or simply prefers to stay indoors.
Small World Play School, located right in Beaver Creek Village, is a great place for infants (as young as 8 weeks old) or children (no older than 5) to spend the day (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or just the morning (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.).
Multiple caretakers interact with the infants and toddlers in a toy-filled nursery and lead older children in games and crafts.
Knowing your tots are in good hands while you enjoy a day on the hill is almost too good to be true—so good that the place fills up fast.
Make your reservations early at (970) 754-5325. You’ll be glad you did.