Sure, luxury is paramount at Beaver Creek, but that doesn’t mean this is a resort for softies. In addition to white glove service, this compact resort holds an exhilarating playground of steeps, trees, and chutes. Better yet, few people actually seek them out. Which means the goods stay good long after a storm. From the Royal Elk Glades to Stone Creek Chutes to the some of the steepest and fastest race terrain in the world, and you could ride here all season and never get bored.  —Rachel Walker


4 p.m.

1. If the Boot Fits

Make an appointment with Greg of Ski Boot Fitting a preemptive boot fit at Beaver Creek Sports (Greg can be reached at 802-379-1014). Selected as one of the top 15 boot fitters in America, he’ll make sure your kicks won’t hold you back. From molding liners, making custom foot beds, punching out the boot shell or just double checking the fit to make sure you haven’t overlooked anything, he’ll ensure an optimum fit for top performance and comfort. Come Sunday, your feet will be thanking you and singing his praises.

6 p.m.

2. Meal Prep

Come for the Buffalo Ribeye, stay for the parmesan garlic fries, a menu favorite at the Osprey Fireside Grill, an open dining area in the well-appointed Osprey Hotel, which is where you’ll be staying, in part because it is the closest North American hotel to any chairlift (26 feet). The grill’s contemporary interior is nestled between an enormous gas fireplace and the hip bar, where friendly mixologists craft custom cocktails or local microbrews. Just remember to pound water between rounds! You’re at altitude. Your legs (and head) will be grateful for hydration.

9 p.m.

3. Soak Time

What’s a mountain getaway without watching the stars emerge from the unrivaled comfort of an outdoor hot tub? Follow the ski cat headlights as they groom tomorrow’s slopes from the intimate and elegant pool and hot tub area.


8:15 a.m.

4. Mountain Breakfast

Get to Powder 8 Restaurant and Tap (at the resort base, across from Centennial Lift) early to snag a table and enjoy a hearty helping of huevos rancheros or the Belgian waffle. In a hurry? Grab a sumptuous sausage and egg sandwich to go.

9:30 a.m.

5. Skiing the Rockies With a Private Guide

You’re here to shred, which is why it pays to invest in a private mountain guide, who will be your personal concierge for you and up to four friends for the day. With expedited lift access and expertise only a local would have, your guide will up the ante and leave no track unskied. Inevitably this will include a spin down the famous Birds of Prey downhill course, considered one of the most difficult in the world with a 2,483-foot vertical drop and a pitch that tips up to 45 percent in spots. Channel your inner Lindsey Vonn and let ‘er rip.

1 p.m.

6. Slopeside Ski Lunch

You may be skiing some of the most unpopulated, challenging slopes in Colorado, but that’s even more reason to grub down at lunch. Talons Restaurant at the base of Grouse Mountain Express Lift delivers with a robust Austrian-inspired menu and smokehouse. Try the house-brined pastrami or the new grilled cheese with herbed cheddar, Swiss, sautéed onions and burnt ends. Better yet, quaff $3 Bud Light drafts, all day, every day.

5 p.m.

7. Après

After a quick shower back at the hotel, get ready for an evening in the Village. Kick things off in style at Toscanini, sipping from their Wine Spectator awarded, 100% Italian wine list and getting a bite off their après list while you take in the views of the ice rink at the center of Beaver Creek Village.

7 p.m.

8. Revolutionize

The meats at Revolution, a unique Beaver Creek dining experience that blends rotisserie techniques from around the world with locally-sourced meats and table-side carving, are succulent and flavorful, which is one reason locals head to this village eatery after a hard day on the slopes. Warm up with a nitro stout cherry cordial cocktail before tucking into the Long Island Peking Duck or the Maple & Brown Sugar Ham.

9 p.m.


11 a.m.

9. Race Time

Beaver Creek hosts a suite of World Cup races throughout the season; it also offers amateurs the opportunity to test themselves on select days in January and February. The GoPro Race Day & Championship Series is open to the public and features more than $60,000 in giveaways. Early bird registration is $20 and you can register here. Want to push yourself without squeezing into a race suit? Consider the Talons Challenge, an annual event held in January when participants try to ski over 26,000 vertical feet of black and double black diamonds on 14 runs in a single day. Don’t worry if you miss the actual event; simply hold your own sufferfest Talons Challenge by following the info here.

Rachel Walker is a freelance writer and editor in Boulder, Colorado, whose happy place is among the trees in Royal Elk Glades on a powder day.