Ski Time: Beaver Creek & Bachelors Gulch

by Sunday, March 2, 2014
Beaver Creek is a perennial favorite with Texans – a quick flight from Dallas and you are transported from the flat highways to the beautiful mountains. Although I’ve skied all over the US, this was our first trip to Beaver Creek, and specifically Bachelors Gulch.
It was of course, gorgeous, but honestly everywhere I’ve skied in Colorado has been perfect. Coming off the crazy winter storms of the season, the conditions were perfect – lots of snow, perfectly groomed runs and sunshine!
We rented a condo with our friends at The Timbers. Formerly a Ritz Carlton residence property it sits on the mountain, steps away from the lift and connected to the Ritz Carlton Bachelors Gulch. This place is perfect for families, but we were sans kids so it felt like a truly indulgent trip.
The Timbers has it’s own ski and boot rental place, and each morning your skis are ready and waiting for you, a few yards from the lift. Seriously spoiled. Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch are great family, friendly mountains. Plenty of wide green and blue runs, but also has a handful of blacks and moguls, if that’s your thing.

Truth be told, my favorite part of skiing is sitting at the bottom of the mountain with a cocktail in my hand. We spent most of our time at the bottom of Bachelor’s Gultch and the Ritz is really the only option. But it’s hard to go wrong – champagne at the bar + best Bloody Mary bar I’ve ever seen + live music + roaring fire inside and out.

Rizt Carlton Beaver Creek
View up the mountain from the Ritz Carlton main lobby
Bloody Mary Bar at the Ritz Carlton Beaver Creek
Bloody Mary Bar at the base of Bachelors Gulch

 

 

A few other highlights:

  • I eat oatmeal at home on a regular basis, but there’s something special about a Ritz Carlton breakfast bar waiting for you before a full day on the slopes.
Oatmeal Bar - Ritz Carlton Beaver Creek

Who knew an oatmeal breakfast bar would get me so excited.

  • Timbers residents enjoy a 25% discount off are the Ritz spa, so no excuse not to treat yourself to an après ski massage to help work out all those muscle strains.
  • It’s hard to pull away from the resort, but treat yourself to a night out in Vail Village. Make reservation at Mountain Standard. You must start with the Southern Pimento Cheese with bacon jam. BACON JAM, people. Let’s get this party started, for sure.
  • Cap off your trip with a starlit ride up the mountain on a snowcat. It’s cold, but on a beautiful night you can see a zillion stars. A stiff drink and a warm meal awaits you at

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