Imagine awakening in the great mountain lodges of the American West, nestled within the exclusive enclave of Colorado’s Beaver Creek Mountain. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch offers the ultimate in adventure and exploration alongside relaxation and renewal. Upon arrival, guests receive a warm welcome, whether from Bachelor, the hotel’s canine ambassador, or the glow of a stone fireplace.

There are definitely some Easter egg-style surprises at this rugged, off-the-beaten path locale.

Few things can compare to the natural beauty of the mountains, the crisp cool air and the exhilaration beneath your feet as you ski the slopes at Beaver Creek. Building on this inherent spirit, the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch resort spa seeks to soothe and pamper with a carefully curated menu of treatments and experiences.

The 21,000-square-foot location is home to men’s, women’s and coed grottos with steam rooms, saunas and both hot and cold plunge pools, 19 treatment rooms and a luxurious nail salon.

I am a self-proclaimed linen aficionado. As such, bedding can make or break a stay for me. After all when you’re on vacation, part of the plan is to relax and rejuvenate. With feather beds, down comforters with duvets; and best of all, Egyptian cotton Italian linens, the Ritz-Carlton has this aspect covered comfortably.

Many hotel bathrooms are small and simply put, adequate for overnight only. The bathrooms at Bachelor-Gulch are anything but simple or adequate with luxurious large marble baths and a separate rain shower and powder room.

A trip for the whole family, the people at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch believe four-legged friends should enjoy the same outstanding luxury as their families. Call ahead or visit them at www.ritzcarlton.com

While you’re relaxing in the comfort of these amenities, let’s not forget the view you’ll enjoy of the mountains. Year after year, skiers of all levels flock to Beaver Creek and discover what they’ve always been looking for: legendary service, unmatched skiing and the intimacy and relaxation of one of the best mountain towns in the West.

Transforming a magnificent mountain valley into a premium snow experience, Beaver Creek is a world-class destination. You can expect only the best experience from the check-in at the Ritz Carlton, to the staff on the mountain, to the servers at dinner.
Service is what it’s all about at Beaver Creek.

What does your dream winter vacation look like? Beaver Creek specializes in bringing those dreams to life with their unparalleled White Glove offerings. Want early access to the mountain, followed by a gourmet breakfast spread? White Glove First Tracks has exactly what you are looking for.

Tired of lugging your ski gear back and forth to your lodging? The White Carpet Club is the place for you! Want a whole new wellness and culinary experience? The Gourmet Snowshoe offers an adrenaline spike for the not-so-typical outdoor experience followed by a special wine-paired après. Want prime seats to Beaver Creek’s signature Thursday Night Lights fireworks show – accompanied by a wine paired gourmet meal? Don’t miss Allie’s Cabin Wine Dinners.

With 1,832 skiable acres and a 3,340 foot vertical rise, it’s no wonder the skiing elite flock to Beaver Creek each winter.

The resort has 25 lifts and 150 different trails to make every trip down the mountain an adventure. But what really sets them apart from other mountains is the amount of fresh powder you can find in ski stashes all over the resort.

Senior Communications Specialist Stacie Mesuda said, “Beaver Creek is the perfect place to reset, relax and reconnect in an unparalleled alpine resort setting. From a new mountaintop family adventure area to the long-standing tradition of warm chocolate chip cookies served at 3p.m., Beaver Creek provides legendary attention to detail, rarefied experiences and believes in being perpetual hosts.”

When asked about special plans for the holidays Mesuda explained, “At Beaver Creek, we celebrate the holidays in style with intimate events like our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, a much-anticipated and heartfelt tradition that gives you just another reason to come together with your family and friends. There’s no better place to ring in the new ski season and get into the holiday spirit than Beaver Creek. It’s a season worth celebrating, and we create ample opportunities for you to do just that with signature holiday events like WinterFest, an ongoing winter celebration punctuated by ice sculptures, Santa sightings, festive parades and more.”

Beaver Creek lets you choose the path less taken, and that path leads to new tracks in untouched snow.

Not every moment can be spent on the slopes (as much as you and I wish that were true). Browse upscale boutiques in Beaver Creek Village or lounge by a mesmerizing fire while enjoying a relaxing après ski cocktail. You may have the opportunity to meet Helmut Fricker in the Village Plaza. It’s not every town that has a jolly, alpenhorn-blowing, lederhosen-wearing friend who’s has been entertaining since the resort opened in 1980.

With award-winning restaurants, mountain-top dining at Beaver Creek is an unforgettable experience! Scenic open air sleigh rides escort guests to these elegantly rustic cabins serving divine cuisine. Fine food, well-thought wines, and impeccable service have made Beano’s Cabin a favorite for many years. You can celebrate the Old West with steaks, wild game, mouth-watering seafood and a custom kid’s menu at SaddleRidge. Set in a living museum of frontier artifacts such as Buffalo Bill’s desk and General Custer’s hat and canteen, this is a dining experience you won’t soon forget.

Indulge your sweet tooth and enjoy Beaver Creek’s famous cookies at Beaver Creek Cookie & Sweet Shoppe. Located just before the covered bridge when entering the resort these treats are available year around.

The entire resort at Beaver Creek is a posh  little stash all its own.  Forego the crowds and the bustle that sometimes ruin the skiing.  Here it’s all about being a part of the special community affectionately called Beaver Creek. To start planning your winter trip visit www.beavercreek.com.

By Michelle Keller

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