Beaver Creek Journals

Skiing in the Vail valley

A travel journal to Beaver Creek by globe trotter

Quote: Who would have thought that you could access some of the world's best skiing in under 2 hours from a major international airport? Denver's the airport & the Vail valley is the destination - so pick up your ski's & let's cruise!

Skiing in the Vail valley

Overview

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Skiing powder.
Cross country skiing & snow shoeing.
Shopping.
Eating.
Pampering & spa treatments.

Quick Tips:

There is a very good bus transfer company: Colorado Mountain Express which departs approx. every hour. If you're staying in Beaver Creek (or Vail) everything is central & there are free shuttle buses so there is no need for a car. Book well in advance especially if arriving into Denver on a Fri. night.

Lift passes can also be included in accommodation packages at a cheaper price than buying them at the resorts - so make sure you inquire at the time of booking.

Best Way To Get Around:

Bus transfer, free shuttle buses.

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The condo was brand new & very well finished off. We had 2 beds, 2 baths, a living room with fire place, kitchen/dining room (+ washer/dryer & dish washer). It cost approx. $180 per night per person. We were located right in the heart of the village - a 2 min walk to all the restaurants & a 5 minute walk to the lifts.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 18, 2001

Market Square
61 AVONDALE LANE
Beaver Creek, Colorado 81620
970 496 7777

Blue Moose The

Restaurant | "The Blue Moose"

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This is the cheap pizza place frequented by families & poor skiers. The pizzas are adequate - if a bit sloppy & their salads are surprisingly good.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 18, 2001

Blue Moose The
45 W Thomas pl
Beaver Creek, Colorado 81620
(970) 845-8666

Swiss Stubli Authentic Swiss Restaurant

Restaurant | "Swiss Stubli"

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The local 'fondue' place is very over priced (you have to pay extra for vegetables & pototoes) & the service is slow.

My friend actually got ill after eating there & the owner was very rude to us & not at all sympathetic. Don't go!

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 18, 2001

Swiss Stubli Authentic Swiss Restaurant
76 Avondale Lane
Beaver Creek, Colorado 81620
(970) 748-8618

Tramonti

Restaurant

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This is a really nice laid back restaurant located in 'The Charter'. The service is good & the menu has a wide range of options including nightly specials. We tried the vegetarian lasagne which was great, the salmon & sea bass. For dessert the creme brulee with fresh berries was very good.

It gets very busy at weekends - so book well in advance.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 18, 2001

Tramonti
Beaver Crk
Beaver Creek, Colorado 81620
(970) 949-5552

Rendevous Bar & Grill

Restaurant | "Rendevous Bar"

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This bar is located by the Centennial lift & is perfect for lunch or a hot chocolate stop mid morning.

They serve light lunches - soup, sandwiches, salads & chocolate bars. The restaurant next door has a wider range of lunch food & is more expensive.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 18, 2001

Rendevous Bar & Grill
1 Beaver Creek Slope Side
Beaver Creek, Colorado
(970) 845-5500

Beaver Creek Lodge

Attraction | "Beaver Creek"

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This is a really nice resort - it seems to draw an older crowd either 50s with no kids or 40s with young kids in tow. Everything is centrally located around a main square (European style) which is rare in the US & nice for once not to have to drive everywhere - a car is really not needed. There is a huge variety of restaurants meaning that you never have to leave the resort. The skiing is a paradise for beginner/intermediate skiers - long wide runs with great snow. There is a bit of challenging terrain for experts (Grouse mountain)but not too much. The crowds are also minimal as most people exit the freeway 15 minutes earlier to go to Beaver Creek's more famous, crowded sister - Vail. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 18, 2001

Beaver Creek Lodge
26 Avondale Lane
Beaver Creek, Colorado 81620
(970) 949-0555

Nordic Ski Charter at Beaver Creek

Attraction | "Nordic skiing & Snowshoeing"

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There are lots of trails to choose from but I would recommend Gundy's Camp Trail, Beono's Trail or Allie's Cabin Trail - this is particularly good to time for a lunch stop at Allie's Cabin. The views from all these spots are fantastic so choose a clear day.

Most of the trails are accessible from the Strawberry Park Express lift.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2001

Nordic Ski Charter at Beaver Creek
120 Offerson Road
Beaver Creek, Colorado 81620
(970) 949-6660

Vail Recreation District: Dobson Ice Arena

Attraction | "Ice skating"

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The 'Black family ice rink' is open year round & is the focal point of Market Square. Everyone gathers there from little kids to grand parents. I think skating in the afternoon (in the sunshine) was the most enjoyable. Rentals are available next to the rink & free figure skating demonstrations are shown on the weekends.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 30, 2001

Vail Recreation District: Dobson Ice Arena
321 E Lionshead Circle
Beaver Creek, Colorado 81657
(970) 479-2271

Allegria Spa

Attraction

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The Allegria Spa is located in the Hyatt Regency at Beaver Creek - they have a full gym & exercise classes as well as sauna/steam room, indoor/outdoor jacuzzis.

The real reason to go is for apres ski pampering - they have over 20 treatment rooms - but you still need to book early. I recommend trying the Fruit & Honey scrubs & wraps or if your feeling really decadent the 'Wild Berries & Honey moisturizing Body Treatment'designed especially for the resort.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2001

Allegria Spa
Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek, Colorado