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Planning Your Trip

Winter adventure. Summer escape. Beaver Creek, Colorado is a year-round destination where guests can fill their day with activities or nothing at all. Packing depends on when you’re visiting and what’s on your agenda.


Winter Warmers

Winter weather here can vary — a lot. Snowy January days can see lows around 10 degrees; a sunny March day might reach 60 degrees. Pack layers to handle it all.


  • A hard-shell ski jacket with ventilation zippers keeps you toasty and dry in snowy conditions and can be unzipped to let in the welcome cool air on a sunny bluebird day.
  • Comfy but durable boots are an après-ski essential. Nothing is better than pulling off your ski or snowboard boots and relieving your feet in a sumptuously soft pair that can withstand packed or slushy snow.
  • Sunscreen may seem odd for a winter trip, but you are much closer to the sun in the mountains, so make sure your skin is protected.  


To some, Beaver Creek might be the little brother to Vail Mountain, nevertheless it has plenty of outdoor adventures. Pack the right gear to make the time outside even better.


  • Download the BC Village Experience app — it includes all the bus routes to help you make it to the best skiing and hiking destinations in the valley.
  • Weather in the Rocky Mountains is a grab bag; pack convertible hiking pants that you can change from pants to shorts.
  • If you don’t already have hiking boots, there are plenty of outdoor stores with boot experts and simulated hiking routes to help you find a pair that will protect your ankles and knees.    


There is a lot to see in this quaint corner of the Rocky Mountains, but the area is small enough to explore a lot in a weekend. Here’s what to bring. 


  • Polarized sunglasses are a must. Never forget that in the mountains you are closer to the sun. If you have never experienced snow burn, consider yourself smart and lucky.
  • Bring a fashionable, easy-to-pack outfit that can be paired with sturdy footwear — the dining options are high end, but the streets are snowy. Skinny jeans and a designer jacket are one good idea.
  • Score tickets for live music in advance. Beaver Creek hosts the Concerts by the Creek summer series, the Soul Mountain Music Festival and the Hike to the Mic fall music festival. When it’s too chilly for outdoor events, ask the concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch to help secure tickets to a show at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

Don’t Forget:

Beaver Creek Ski Mountain is operated by Vail Resorts, which also operates the nearby ski areas of Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone and A-Basin. You can purchase a multiday Colorado Epic Pass that will let you ski the whole area with one ticket.  

To ensure your romantic getaway in Vail, Colorado goes as planned, it’s recommended you reserve a few activities prior to your arrival including ski lessons, spa treatments and private dining experiences.


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Even if Black Diamonds don’t intimidate you, a guided day with a skilled coach can help you perfect your turns and learn how to tackle backcountry terrain. You can also book your kids into day ski or snowboard camps or take andvantage of the Ski Nanny program — so you can take on the backcountry while they make pizzas with their skis and create mountain memories with other newbies.


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Whether you are planning to ski, snowboard or take long summer bike rides, your legs are going to need a refresh. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Bachelor Gulch offers specialty massage treatments that can zero in on the muscles that need the most love. Afterward, you can relax in the rock-lined coed grottos with steam rooms, saunas and both hot and cold plunge pools.  


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The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch was recently named one of Colorado’s Top Resorts by Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2017., thanks to the fact that guests can access top golf courses in Vail Valley and Beaver Creek. You can rent skis and snowboards online before you arrive.


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Don’t miss out on the exclusive experience of Anderson’s Cabin. Situated just above The Ritz-Carlton with sweeping views of the valley, the historic Colorado cabin offers unique private barbecue lunch and dinner dining for up to 10 guests. It is a one-of-a-kind experience that your friends and family will remember forever.

Colorado is the perfect getaway for nearly every type of traveler, from couples to families. The resort’s experts have crafted itineraries to help plan your summer or winter escape.

Eco Adventures

Colorado is known for its majestic natural beauty and thrilling moments of adventure. When you put them together, you can take eco-tourism to new heights (quite literally, depending on which mountains you choose to scale). From getting close to regional plants to whitewater rafting to soaring above it all on a zipline, there’s no shortage of excitement and learning opportunities in Beaver Creek. 


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Winter Adventures

While skiing might be the most obvious winter activity in Beaver Creek, there’s so much more to explore and enjoy. From snowshoeing to ice climbing, limitless adventure awaits. For those who are less thrill-seeking, spas and après-ski relaxation beckon. Add in fabulous restaurants and a charming village to explore, and you have a perfect three-day break at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. 



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