As great as Beaver Creek is for skiing, the summer and fall seasons are just as special. You can relax and do little; or mountain bike, hike among the wildflowers, take jeep tours, play golf, or go horseback riding — all amidst spectacular scenery.
Beaver Creek Resort opened for the 1980-1981 ski season and has become one of the premier year-around resorts in the U.S. It is smaller than Vail, tucked into mountainsides, and more of a resort community than a town. Check out festivals and events throughout the summer and coordinate your reservations accordingly.
Beaver Creek is an excellent resort for families with children. At the base of the Centennial chairlift you’ll find mini-golf, a bungee trampoline and a challenge rope course for the youngsters. The day camp gets good reviews from parents. If you plan to do a lot of activities, look into passes.
If you don’t want to eat in your hotel or condo and would like a quick and relatively inexpensive breakfast, the Cafe at the Park Hyatt has sandwiches, cereals and baked egg soufflés with an adjacent seating area.
Take a Jeep Tour, Hike or Bike the Mountain
Beaver Creek Summer Adventure Center, located halfway up the escalator in the mountain village, is the focal point for 4×4 tours and guided hikes. Adults should check out the tours and hikes with wine parings at Beano’s Cabin.
After lunch, rent a bike through the Adventure Center and ride single track trails up the mountain or hook your bike on the gondola and let gravity help you return to the village.
Golf in Beaver Creek and the Vail Valley
Rather be golfing? Beaver Creek Golf Club is a good resort course that won’t destroy too many egos. The Norman and Fazio courses at Red Sky Ranch and Golf Club offer more than enough challenge for any level of golfer. Check out the stay and play packages. Other options include slaying on the Vail and Sonnenalp courses.
After 6pm, head to the ice skating rink in the center of the Village. They have rentals and special rates for kids and it’s always a favorite family activity.
Dinner in Beaver Creek
If you have a car, head to the Avon Bakery, a local favorite for breakfast. It’s not fancy, but their breakfast burrito may allow you to skip lunch.
Let the Horses do the Work
Book a wooded trail ride to Beaver Creek Lake with Beaver Creek Stables. The scenery is spectacular and you’ll have time to enjoy a lovely lunch. Rides of varying length are available.
A Spa is Waiting
After horseback riding for three hours, you’ll be glad you booked a treatment at the Allegra Spa in the Park Hyatt. After riding, nothing feels better than a hot stone massage.
Fishing and Rafting
Book dinner at the Grouse Mountain Grill. The food is excellent, the wine list good and setting relaxed. Enjoy.