With the 2015/16 ski season just around the corner, we spoke to a Beaver Creek expert and mom of three about the places to eat, off-mountain activities to know, and reason everyone loves ski school in this busy mountain town.
(Editor's Note: Thanks to a reader for letting us know that Spago and Old Forge Pizza have closed! - Passported Team, Jan 2017)
For the best prices and equipment, we like Venture Sports in Avon. You can sign up online before hand to make it easier and quicker.
The ski school at Beaver Creek is amazing. Very well run and organized. We’ve never had it fill up on us, but it might be worth registering online to avoid a wait. Take a free dial-a-ride to drop off, or have their ski nanny escort your kids from your condo to ski school. Kids love the afternoon cookies at the end of school.
WHERE TO STAY
We always stay at The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek. For us, highlights are roasting marshmallows on the fire, dips in the outdoor heated pool, the small games room for kids, and live music and drinks in the Great Room. The Ritz Kids program is great. They offer a lot of variety for all ages, and you can choose between all day, half days or just a few hours at night. The hotel restaurant, Spago, is good but not outstanding and there are often long waits. We prefer Buffalos just opposite, which is more geared towards families, or Mamie’s Mountain Grill, up the chair lift from the hotel.
With the kids, we’ll always eat at Blue Moose Pizza in Beaver Creek, Saddle Ridge for Colorado specialties, the Dusty Boot steak house, and Old Forge Pizza Company in Edwards (around a 10-minute drive away). For a date-night out, we love Zach’s Cabin; you take a sled up the mountain to get there, so wear lots of layers. Another on-mountain option is Beano’s Cabin, and then there are in-town favorites like Grouse Mountain Grill, Chop House, Mirabelle, and, in Edwards, Juniper.
OFF THE MOUNTAIN
For non-skiing days, the town of Avon has a quaint library, movie theater, and nice recreation center with an indoor pool with a couple of slides. There’s also ice skating in Beaver Creek village, Vail Adventure Ridge for tubing, and snowmobiling with Nova Guides. For a culture dose, Vilar Performing Arts Center always has interesting and very talented performers.
When you're ready for a parents' night out, call in the experts. Regulars give thumbs up to Care 4 Kids and The Sitter Agency, both of which are locally-based and have sitters throughout the Vail and Beaver Creek area.
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