Resort Guide 2018: West #9
You know when something turns out to be entirely different than you expected? That’s how readers seem to feel about Beaver Creek, a re- sort whose luxurious reputation belies its serious skiing. ”One of the few places you can get 3,000 continuous vertical feet,” one reader notes. Says another: “Where else can you ski a World Cup race course rated No. 3 in the world?”
Grouse Mountain is the go-to for satisfying your steeps craving, while the Stone Creek Chutes have a wild backcountry feel. But fear not. Those coming for the “top-notch grooming” won’t be disappointed, as the Beav’s dedication to laying carpets of corduroy hasn’t wavered (No. 4). Gripes revolve largely around cost, especially the nixing of free parking at the Bear and Elk lots, now $10. (That did not go unnoticed: “We have to pay to park there now which is some straight-up caca if you ask me.”) But at the end of the day skiers come for a real escape. “I truly feel swept away to a European village,” notes one reader. “And you absolutely can’t beat the chocolate chip cookies they hand out for free at the end of the day.”
The adorable on-mountain Candy Cabin boasts barrels overflowing with old-fashioned penny sweets such as Zotz, Mary Janes, Pixie Sticks and more.
Zach’s Cabin serves a well-executed menu of Pacific Coast–inspired cuisine in a rustic cabin perched above the Bachelor Gulch village. Sleigh ride included.
Cruise down Centennial with the whole family—three miles of perfect blue corduroy that exemplify the Beav’s superior grooming standards.
Rimini is a gelato shop, but stop by before 11 for some delicious breakfast crepes.
Rants and raves
“Kid-friendly, much less crowded, and easier to manage than Vail. Oh, and free cookies!”