My wife and I recently visited Beaver Creek for a long birthday weekend together. This was our first trip to Beaver Creek. We're typically beach people, but thought we'd try the ski village thing out. The Lodge was nice and quaint. Service was great - they couldn't find my reservation the night before that I made via Priceline months earlier, but put me in system anyway until it was cleared up - which it was upon arrival.
Clean room with a bedroom and living area (fireplace). The kitchenette is a nice touch which is good for us if we bring our kids back with us. It had a coffee maker, sink, toaster, mini-fridge, wine glasses, etc. There's a market in the village where you can get small groceries/supplies. The bed was comfortable, too. There's a pullout sofa as well which means we could bring kids back and stay in same room. Overall - the stay at the lodge was great! Some reviews mention the windows in the room that look out into the hallway. We had those as most rooms do, but we just closed the blinds and that was fine. Really not an issue. The location of the lodge is literally in the village. And the guys at Christy's Sports (in the hotel) were very helpful on our rental needs. We were unprepaped for any snow activities because we were under the impression we could rent everything (not just skis or snowshoes, but clothing too). That's not the case at Beaver Creek...no where rented pants/jacket, etc. We had North Face jackets, but no waterproof pants. But fortunately, I got around to asking the right person (Tom in Guest Services' wife whose name I can't recall.) She directed us to a thrift store on Hwy 6 just 10 minutes away. We managed to get great brand name pants for about 50.00/each. Really saved our trip for us since we didn't want to spend 250.00/each for pants!
Food was good. There are pricey restaurants, but also some inexpensive pubs in the village. Blue Moose Pizza, The Dusty Boot and Coyote Cafe all reasonably priced. For breakfast - i recommend the Metropolitan.
Beaver Creak's Ski School is high-class. Very professional and we loved the Ski School for kids. We plan on taking ours back to there to learn. A bit humiliating watching 3-6 year olds fly by you on ski's when you can barely stand on them!
We stopped by Vail Village on the last day before heading to the airport and both my wife and I were glad we chose Beaver Creek. Vail seemed nice, but Beaver Creek seemed to offer more - especially for kids.