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"The Beav" is the quieter side of the Vail Valley, but it is a full-scale, World Class resort. The centerpiece is the ultra-plush Hyatt Regency Hotel. A high-speed quad now links Beaver Creek Village to Arrowhead Village allowing you to ski or ride from mountain to mountain, stopping to graze at Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch, Village, and Arrowhead Village. A special night-time treat is to ride the "cat-pulled" tram to Beano's Cabin, a mid-mountain restaurant. Short, steep gladed runs in the Stone Creek area will offer in-bounds adrenal pumps for expert skiers and riders. The chutes are located to the east of Rose Bowl and the area can be reached from Cinch Express Lift.
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Beaver Creek has far fewer skiers than it’s neighbors to the east, so it's easier to find powder even late in the day. Get a grooming report before taking the first chairlift ride of the day, so you'll know where the powder isn’t. Many days only half of Larkspur Bowl is groomed and the rest is pure powder, so it's a good choice for warm-up runs, and for groups, when some want powder and the rest prefer groomed. If the Centennial trail isn't groomed, catch one of the first chairlifts up, turn around and head right back down for an extended powder romp.
Cruisers lap the powder on Harrier and Redtail, two intermediate runs that get less traffic. Cut left on the Dally track and you'll ski to the base of three chairlifts on the upper mountain. Ski to the bottom of the these trails and there's a long run out to the base of the mountain.
When it snows all day, you'll even find advanced skiers floating through powder on the green runs off the Cinch Express, at the very top of Beaver Creek. The new high-speed quad in Rose Bowl promises powder much of the day, too.
On big powder days the runs under the Birds of Prey chairlift are tempting, but be aware that the fluffy looking surface usually hides big moguls. Experts race to Grouse Mountain early for freshies on Royal Oak Glade and Black Bear Glade, both double-black diamonds.
Groomers and Family
Latigo and Gold Dust on Beaver Creek Mountain are long, easy intermediate trails, wide enough to make big turns. The entrances to Red Tail and Upper Harrier aren't obvious, so many skiers pass by leaving these intermediate trails less tracked. The biggest spread of beginner and easy intermediate trails surround the Bachelor Express and Arrow Bahn Express lifts that are a cat-track away from the main mountain. If you're lodging in Bachelor Gulch or Arrowhead Village, just look uphill. Some beginner trails here curve through wooded areas so skiers and riders get a sense of what it's like to ski through the trees.
Beaver Creek is one of the rare mountains where novices and intermediates head straight to the mountaintop for 360-degree views while skiing on a network of green and intermediate trails. Halfway down some of the green runs off the Cinch Express lift, skiers exiting off lifts from more advanced trails spill onto the runs. From the top, go skier's right to Red Buffalo, Booth Gardens and the other trails off the Drink of Water lift for a more isolated beginner's playground.
Beaver Creek was ranked number one in Ski Magazine's readers' poll of the most family friendly resorts. Kids Adventure Zones are placed around the mountain. Youngsters can ski or snowboard on runs with names like Wild West Trail, with its teepee and gold mine, Tombstone Territory and Wolverine Ravine, all designed to hold kids' interest and improve skiing skills. Maps are available at the Children's Center.
Consider Beaver Creek a learning mountain for freestyle skiers and riders who want to play in the parks. In fact, features were downsized in 2011, according to Kevin Rowe, director of park operations at the resort. He says the terrain parks are set up to reflect the resort's desire to cater to the park users here who tend to be in the beginning and intermediate learning stages. But, he stresses, the features in all the parks are changed from year to year, some during the season, and all well maintained.
Park 101's small features are designed for newbies just starting to learn. Features include right-on/right-off rails and small jumps. In the Zoom Room Park the features are bigger and they include tables, boxes, logs, stalls and longer stretches of jumps. Rodeo Park, which is designed to cater to intermediate and experts, has a mix of spines, boxes, tables, log slides, large and technical rails, and 40-foot-long jumps.
The Half Barrel half-pipe is located at the base of Rodeo. In 2011 it stretched 300 feet and had 13-foot-high walls.
The Ski & Ride School offers Parkology classes at least once a week, so kids can start learning the basics of playing in the parks.
From the primarily beginner and intermediate terrain above the Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch mini-villages to the terrain sprawling across the peaks above Beaver Creek village, you can go from cruising to bumps to tree skiing quickly. Centennial is the mountain's best cruising run because it's steep enough for advanced skiers to build up speed but wide enough for intermediate skiers to make lots of turns. Wide-open Larkspur Bowl is prime turf for big GS turns.
When enough snow has fallen, the only smooth area on Double Eagle is the steep portion near the top, where the starting gate is placed during the early-winter World Cup downhill race. On the rest of Golden Eagle, Peregrine and Goshawk, all off the Birds of Prey lift, you bump your way downhill wondering if motorcycles and dune buggies have been buried under the snow.
Cataract, Spider and Web, under the new Rose Bowl express lift, offer shorter mogul shots. Plus, anyone in your group who is anti-bumps has a way around them and can meet you at the base of the lift.
The trees between most runs at Beaver Creek are tight, so make sure your skills are advanced enough to cope before steering off a run. Midseason, when the snow is good, intermediates can try Yonder Trees, Coyote Glade or Vitro's. Royal Elk Glade and Keller are for experts.
If chutes are your game, the Upper and Lower Stone Creek Chutes are steep, narrow and the snow is often deep. Cliff bands mixed with glades give skiers shots from 400- to 600-vertical feet, with pitches up to 45 degrees.
You can't lock Belgium-born Master Chef Daniel Joly's creations into a specific style of cooking. Just expect imaginative preparations of classic dishes, artfully presented. His unique style of cooking and choice of wines have been acclaimed by many, including Bon Appétit and Wine Spectator. Have a drink before the fireplace in the bar, then move to one of the intimate dining rooms for your meal.
55 Village Road
Beaver Creek, CO 81620
You can order traditional sushi, but venture beyond into the New Age sushi menu. Crab with truffle yuzu aioli, Seared Kobe "surf & turf" with spicy scallops and Seared Elk with Maui onion marmalade are just a few of the choices. The menu also includes both cold and warm shared plates filled with a variety of Asian fusion fare.
Base of the lifts next to the Beaver Creek Chop House
Dusty Boot Steakhouse and Saloon
As the name implies, the Boot is a noisy, large saloon with an old-fashioned tin ceiling, big TVs and features wicked barbeque and steaks. Visiting Beaver Creek with friends? Check the "Buy a Friend" drink board to see if you name is on it.
In St. James Place
Blue Moon Pizza
Blue Moon Pizza serves subs, pasta and New York-style hand-tossed pizza on tables covered with red-checked tablecloths. Colorful kid-like drawings on the wall set the tone in this family-friendly restaurant. The kids menu includes Mac 'n Cheese and Chicken Fingers.
On the main plaza level in the Poste Montane Lodge
In the cafeteria at the mid-mountain Spruce Saddle restaurant you'll find chili, stews, pasta, wraps, salad bars and more all at separate counters. Views are excellent but the tables get packed mid-day.
A quieter, fast place for lunch is the Cafe in the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. Ski up and leave your equipment with the hotel's valet. Buy gourmet sandwiches made to order, a cappuccino and a pastry at the counter then find a quiet table nearby. http://beavercreek.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/entertainment/restaurants/index.jsp#1662
Breakfast in Avon
Join the locals in line at the Avon Bakery & Deli to order a breakfast burrito, or a bacon, egg and cheese bagel. Nothing fancy here, just a few tables in the back and stools at a small counter. The big draw: tasty breakfasts, and lunch sandwiches with delicious, imaginative fillings tucked into freshly baked artisan breads.
0025 Hurd Lane # 4
Avon, CO 81620
Breakfast in Beaver Creek Village
For an upscale buffet breakfast, loaded with fresh fruit and Birchermüesli to omelets made-to-order, head to 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill in the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.
For a less-expensive option, choose the no-frills skier's McCoy's Cafeteria in the Village Hall. 970-949-1234.
Allegria Spa at The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa include the addition of a second story, doubling the size of the current retreat to 30,000 square feet. The "new" Allegria Spa features a Water Temple with caldera (98-degree) custom steam rooms, two deluxe treatment suites, 23 new treatment rooms and more. A separate yoga facility, Pilates studio and poolside stretching room. "Personal Groomers" will outfit you with ski attire upon request. "Greet and Seat" Western characters use radios to help guests find a table at lunch during busy times. After each day on the mountain, Cookie Time chefs treat guests to freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Variety of shops in village. Nursery/childcare for ages 2 months to 6 years available at Small World Playschool. Clinic at Beaver Creek. Ski and cross country rental and repair. Instruction available for skiing, style clinic, racing, powder, sybervision, cross country, telemark, snowshoeing, snowboarding, women's only clinic, and disabled skier program.
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