Beaver Creek Lodging and Accommodations
Written by Greg and Heather Burke
Beaver Creek sits right next to Vail in Colorado, shares the same pass, is owned by Vail Resorts, but it skis completely differently. From the moment you arrive at Beaver Creek through the grand gates, up the escalator from the beautiful Bavarian village, you feel like you are at a private ski resort. Riding the first gondola from the sophisticated base village, you are whisked to the white carpet on Centennial for your first turns. Beaver Creek has eight distinct areas within its 1,800 acres. From sunny runs on wide well-groomed Larkspur to leisure skiing at Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead, there is terrain for everyone. Beaver Creek has steeps, and challenge, after all this home to the World Cup Birds of Prey Downhill course on Golden Eagle, the trail is awesome, adrenaline-inducing. On the well-pitched front side, Rose Bowl has a punch to it, as does Grouse Mountain with long steep mogul runs, and some earthy glades stashed to the side. Cinch is easier as it sounds from the beautiful 11,440' summit.
What makes Beaver Creek truly special is the slope-side lodging. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is the original, the landmark and the best hotel location right at the base of the Buckaroo Gondola and Centennial lifts. It's the grand hotel you see as you ski down Beaver Creek's signature runs, Gold Dust and 1876, and its where you want to be for après ski and the night. The lobby leads you to Antler Hall and the Living Room, one of the most beautiful après ski hotel settings anywhere with a fire, cozy couches and perfect picture windows of the slopes. This is where folks gather for cocktails, cocoa for the kids, music and après ski banter. Park Hyatt is also home to the most inviting slope side hot tubs, 5 of them surrounded by stone, waterfalls and sparkling lights, plus there's a large outdoor heated pool and fire pits. Rooms and suites at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek are beautiful, well-appointed, many with decks with a slope view - perfect for viewing the groomers and on torchlight parade nights and firework, (on Thursdays open to guests who sign up - kids get glow sticks to ski with).
Within the Park Hyatt hotel you will also find the super convenient ski valet that takes your skis, poles, snowboards, and boots and stores them overnight, they're ready and waiting in the morning. You just wear your slippers to the lobby, how lovely. The Allegria Spa is a sanctuary for tired ski muscles, especially the Aqua Sanitas - a series of healing soothing waters. Park Hyatt also hosts a Gorsuch, Vail's' most sophisticated ski shop, for the latest ski fashions and top gear.
For dining at Beaver Creek's Park Hyatt, the beautiful slope view 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grille (named for the elevation at this lofty hotel) serves a bountiful buffet breakfast, ski in lunch and an elegant dinner menu with Colorado Elk, Beef, Lamb and local trout, or you can sit at the convivial bar for a microbrew, craft cocktail, and burger.
Après ski at Beaver Creek, you can walk around the pretty village, put on some ice skates and twirl on the centerpiece ice rink, shop at the chic boutiques, ski shops and art galleries, or go to Coyotes for a beer, the Chop House and CBar for Champagne and oysters while watching the ski patrol come off the hill. Be sure to hit the awesome outdoor hot tubs at Park Hyatt, and perhaps reserve a special snowcat dinner to Allie's, or Zach's Cabin. Or you can walk around the beautiful lit village, and find a fabulous restaurant - Beaver Creek Chop House, Eagle Mountain Inn, Toscanino, Buffalo's, or the Pak Hyatt's own 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grille and the Powder 8 Kitchen.
As a guest of Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, you can get early morning First Tracks select days, they call it the Golden Ticket, getting you on the mountain exclusively before it opens, you get to ski privately with Park Hyatt VIP management and a few lucky others, followed by a ski in breakfast at Beano's Cabin. Beaver Creek does its own First Tracks as well, called White Glove First Tracks allowing you on the mountain exclusively at 7:30 followed by a private ski in breakfast at Allie's Cabin.
For the ultimate exclusive ski treatment, Park Hyatt has a Heli Ski package that delivers you to the San Juan mountains where you Heli Ski with a private guide for the day, and have exclusive on mountain dinners at Beaver Creek and more top shelf experiences.
There are other on mountain hotels at Beaver Creek, top rated ski hotels including the Osprey (a Rock Resort), The Charter and Westin at Beaver Creek, plus the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch which is an extraordinary example of park-itecture, modeled after Yellowstone Park's lodge. In Avon, downtown from Beaver Creek just off I70 are more lodging options, like the Westin Riverfront Beaver Creek Resort and Spa on the Eagle River - from here you take a transport gondola to Beaver Creek village each morning or a shuttle up the mountain road.
Beaver Creek makes for an excellent, more exclusive ski vacation. With fewer crowds than sister resorts Vail, Keystone and Breckenridge, and more snowmaking, grooming, and acreage per skier you will feel privileged here. Beaver Creek is sister resort to Lech Zurs in Austria.