The village of Beaver Creek, CO, is a storybook town. As a matter of fact, if you hadn’t visited, played, laughed and had a blast here, you would think it’s a fictional town. Everything is just so perfectly wonderful, it’s hard to believe this enclave is for real.
What makes Beaver Creek so unreal? Perhaps it’s the 28 feet of white, fluffy powder that falls every year. Maybe it’s the more than 300 days of sunshine. Could it be the outdoor ice skating rink that is open year round? Maybe it’s the miles of glorious hiking trails that wend their way through miles of wildflowers in the summer and through the dappling, golden aspen leaves come fall. It could be the quaint village, dotted with gelato shops, bakeries, high-end restaurants and clothing stores for the fashionable and outdoor enthusiasts. Hey, President and Mrs. Ford loved this town – if it’s good enough for a president, it’s probably good enough for the rest of us.
Beaver Creek doesn't fool around when it comes to pampering its guests. Sure, you can hike or bike all over the mountain … but take the escalators getting there. Eat organic, locally prepared food … but end dinner with a decadent dessert. Eat in the village or on one of the elegantly rustic on-mountain restaurants. Do a hard-core workout class … but end it with a luxurious massage in a renowned spa.
Life in Beaver Creek, CO
It’s hard to believe that Beaver Creek is a relative newcomer to the world of skiing, spa-ing and vacationing. Many years ago, Beaver Creek was known for its fields and fields of lettuce. In 1972, the Olympic Committee proposed that Beaver Creek, not yet built mind you, would host the Olympics. However, local voters cast a decided “no“ vote. That didn’t halt ski-area progress, however. Ground was broken in 1976, and Beaver Creek opened on December 15, 1980.
Over the course of the next several decades Beaver Creek has seen many changes: ritzy sister resort Bachelor Gulch came aboard in the mid-1990s, Arrowhead soon thereafter.
The world came to Beaver Creek in 1989 for the World Alpine Ski Championships. It came again in 1999 and finally in 2015. Each event brought more international acclaim and fanfare. Every December, ski enthusiasts trek to the Birds of Prey race course, cheering on their favorites and gasping with delight at the athletic feats of these skiers.
Sure, the mountain is good for world-famous ski racers … but what about the rest of us? Beaver Creek Mountain boasts 1,625 skiable acres with more than two-thirds suitable for beginner and intermediate skiers. After a day of hiking, biking, running, walking, laughing, take the time to enjoy a freshly baked, homemade cookie served by a pastry chef.