Vail and Beaver Creek Colorado are a Colorado dream come true. From the evergreen trees to the colonies of quaking aspen it is a paradise in any season. Two world class resorts that consistently rank among the best on the continent further add to the allure and desirability of finding an excellent staging ground for easy mountain access as well as the privacy and seclusion to experience high-altitude serenity.
Nestled in the narrow mountain valley of Vail and Beaver Creek are a variety of lodgings, from the budget (which still can run into the hundreds of dollars per night during peak season) to the extravagant. Yet, in seeking the best accommodations and location you won’t have to look far.
At Beaver Creek the Ritz-Carlton at Bachelor Gulch is reminiscent of a Swiss Chalet nestled amongst evergreens and aspens. A long curving road winds you away from the fast pace of I-70 up the mountainside to the secluded and private resort. Luscious deep wooden beams support arcing ceilings and impeccable service greets each person to walk through the front door. The Ritz itself makes a stay something to write home about before you even hit the slopes. All the fixings are included with your stay, and from complimentary tea, coffee, hot coffee and fresh cookies in the lobby to the marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate for the kids to roast over the open fire in the courtyard in the evenings, the Ritz never fails to please. Turn down service every night leaves a mint chocolate on your pillow and rooms range from regular hotel suites to full apartment style condos. Food is delivered up from the world class kitchen at Spago’s and everything down to the utensils is a part of the polished presentation.
As for ski access to the mountain, the Ritz-Carlton has no comparison At Beaver Creek. There is a lift out the back door of the resort to take you straight up the mountain and a ski concierge that will take care of all you equipment needs before and after your ski day. You can veritably wake up, have your skis ready for you when you get outside and be on the mountain worry free all day long, or as long as your legs can take it.
For those of you looking to hit the slopes at North America’s largest resort, Vail does not fail to deliver in terms of great access to ski lodging. The Cascade Resort and Spa nestled on the west end of Vail Mountain is a private and secluded enclave. Away from the bustle of Vail Village and Lionshead, the Cascade offers luxury and service starting from the doorman who greets you to the ski techs that get you on the mountain. Added benefits are elegant and impeccable rooms, suites, and apartment-style condos. For your dining pleasure, Atwater on Gore Creek at the Cascade delivers and you can dine on succulent delights in the privacy of your room or dine at the fireside bar in the restaurant.
Rivaling other Vail lodgings, there is access to the slopes from a lift right out the back door. At the end of your day you can wind down at the soothing and immaculate Aria Spa with a soak, massage, or a gentle yoga class. Separate men’s and women’s steam rooms scented with eucalyptus add a special touch and elegant end of the day treat.
Opulence and luxury are in no short supply at either of these locales and for the discerning traveler to Vail and Beaver Creek both of these places are sure to please. No matter where you decide to take your winter vacation or summer splurge, these are two of the best areas to spend your time for quick mountain access and genuine mountain peace, comfort and serenity.