Thanksgiving with a View

Must-See Perfection of Beaver Creek Lodge's Family Ski Resort

Article by William Harwood

Photography by Courtesy of Beaver Creek Lodge, Vail Resorts

Originally published in Brentwood Lifestyle

No matter how big Brentwood burgeons, one thing's sure: a local 12,000-foot snow-capped mountain to play on isn't likely in the future. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be, with Colorado-based Beaver Creek Lodge family ski resort just an easy flight away to Eagle County Regional Airport in Vail, Colorado.

Beaver Creek’s boutique perfection in Avon, Colorado, is intentional. Unlike most other Western ski resorts, which sprang up haphazardly from their respective mining towns, Beaver Creek was designed from its inception as a luxury destination. The planning paid off.

Beaver Creek sets the standard for what a ski resort can be, providing a magical place that combines the majesty of awe-inspiring mountains with an enchanting alpine village that radiates sophisticated elegance. From its wide selection of upscale accommodations, boutique shopping and fine art galleries to its generous choice of restaurants with chef-driven cuisine, Vilar Performing Arts Center, outdoor skating rink and ubiquitous firepits, the village of Beaver Creek delivers only the highest quality experiences to delight all the senses—always something wonderful to see and hear, taste and touch. And, of course, always something wonderful to do!

Beaver Creek is legendary for its abundance of lifts, runs and routes. From its double black diamonds and its kid-friendly terrain parks to its expertly staffed ski school, Beaver Creek can accommodate any age or ability level with appropriate runs from which to choose.

For beginners, no worries. Beaver Creek has newly opened Haymeadow Park, a second signature learning area that augments its first state-of-the-art, 200-acre learning area, Red Buffalo Park. The takeaway is that Beaver Creek features the most dedicated learning terrain in Colorado, earning it hands down the title of the world’s best luxury ski resort for families.

For genuine experts, Beaver Creek has no shortage of adrenaline-inducing challenges, including the famous Birds of Prey, a run that drops 2,470 feet in 1.71 miles and was designed specifically for the 1999 World Cup Championship. 

Regardless of one's skills on the snow, it's fun for guests to avail themselves of one-of-a-kind Beaver Creek experiences, such as ski-in fine dining to SaddleRidge Restaurant, open for both lunch and dinner. It's renowned for its wild game dishes and for housing one of the largest collections of Western artifacts outside a museum.

Also not to be missed is an open sleigh ride to Allie’s Cabin to savor wine-paired gourmet dinners and spectacular fireworks displays. 

However anyone wants to spend their time at Beaver Creek Lodge, it may become an annual tradition.    

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