Signpost: Beaver Creek


1,625 skiable acres; 4,040 vertical feet; summit elevation 11,440 feet; 146 trails; 310 annual inches; 14 lifts. Tickets: $71

LODGING The Ritz-Carlton combines rust-icity and Ritz mystique ($375—$4,750); 800-241-3333. The Pines offers only slightly less opulent ski-in/ski-out lodging ($260—$730); 800-752-7920. For the ultimate experience, book a stay at the private mountaintop Trapper's Cabin: You get your own chef and snowcat ($850—$950 per person); 970-845-5788.

DINING Grouse Mountain Grille has the most sophisticated menu at the resort; 970-949-0600. Families like the Dusty Boot in the village, 970-748-1146; or the Swiss Stubli for fondue, 970-748-8616. For elegance and regional fare, try Remington's at the Ritz, 970-748-6200, or take a sleigh ride to Beano's Cabin, 970-949-9090.

APRÈS-SKI Head for the Coyote Café inthe main village for Mexican food, margaritas and lively fun. The Ritz is good for mellower, more refined unwinding by the fire.

DON'T MISS TheHyatt's Allegria Spa is world-renowned. Or try the Four Hands Massage at the Ritz spa, followed by a dip in the grotto.

GETTING THERE Nonstops to Eagle-VailAirport are available from major cities. It's a 20-minute van ride to the slopes.

INFORMATION 888-830-7669 (reservations);