Snow-covered buildings in a mountain valley

Winter adventure. Summer escape.

Planning Your Trip

Beaver Creek, Colorado is a year-round destination where guests can fill their day with activities or relaxation. Packing depends on when you are visiting and what is on your agenda. Here are some tips on what to pack, what to reserve, and what to do.

A hiking trail cuts through a mountain field
A hiking trail cuts through a mountain field
What to Pack
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.
Outdoor Adventure

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.
Weekend Getaway

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.
The WYLD Terrace
The WYLD Terrace
What to Reserve

To ensure your getaway to Vail Valley goes as planned, it is recommended that you reserve a few activities prior to your arrival, including ski lessons, spa treatments and private dining experiences.

A man fishes in a lake
A man fishes in a lake