What Makes Beaver Creek and Vail Epic?

Taking a breather before going down a groomer

This weekend I was fortunate enough to make my first ski trip to Beaver Creek, and although I’ve heard a lot of talk about this luxury destination, I truly was not dissapointed by a single aspect of the experience. Check out the videoof Destination Expert Matt Danitz and myself crusing down “Stacker” under the Strawberry Park Lift–snow was light earlier this season, but it’s here now!

Conditions on the groomers were superb, as you can see, and the off piste is opening up nicely now! Beaver Creek is one of those resorts known for it’s groomers, and since few venture into the trees, you’ll likely be rewarded with powder if you do!

Indulging in some after-ski cookies amongst the ski schoolers

After skiing up a storm, Beaver Creek has you taken care of: free cookies for all guests bring out the kid in everyone!!! Of course, you’ll have to succeed in a little game of “Where’s Waldo” just to find their famous Chefs among all the adoring cookie fans in ski school…

If you find yourself with more energy to spend after a day on the slopes, you can always take in a little ice skating action in the middle of the Beaver Creek Village…or you can just enjoy a cookie with that special someone in your life.

Gourmet drinks and food at Rocks Modern Grill in the Beaver Creek Lodge

But if you ski like I do, you’ll be hungry for more than just snacks. If you stay in Beaver Creek Village, you’ll have countless options for drinks and more! For a more lively and less expensive experience, try the Chili con Carne @ the Coyote Cafe (14 different peppers had me sweltering for about an hour afterwards! yes!), or stop in for some pizza and margaritas at the Blue Moose. We opted one night for a more elegant experience, and were quite pleased by the Rocks Modern Grill in the Beaver Creek Lodge. We were delighted to find exciting ingredients like basil, ginger, and even jalapenos in our drinks, and were not dissapointed by the main course either! The duck is a sure winner if you find yourself there…

And perhaps the best part of a stay at Beaver Creek: your lift ticket is also valid at Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Araphoe Basin! So the next day we marched off (15 minutes away) to Vail for my first experience there. I know that Vail is the largest ski resort in the US, but to actually ski the back bowls is to truly believe. Don’t take my word for it, see it as I did here. Despite a reported 40″ base, the snow was great on the summit, and more kept falling throughout the day. With so much open space, we were even able to find boot deep powder tracks in the middle of the open, more than 24 hours after the last serious accumulation.

Thank you Jesse for great hospitality!

From the entertainment, service, and the food, to the conditions and the mountains…it’s easy to see why so many skiers and riders alike are proud to show their colors at Vail and Beaver Creek. I’d like to thank all the friendly locals like Jesse, pictured, from Colorado Springs, who welcomed us to their mountain and showed us a truly awesome Colorado escape! We’ll be back!!!

– Kai Nilson, Destination Expert


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