Firstly the staff are super helpful & super friendly. From the ski valet, bell hop, bar staff and cleaning staff. Chuck the ski valet was just so generous of his time and energy – daily snow reports - of groomed runs and he had our boots and our skis waiting for us – even before we asked and got to know us by name which was a really nice personal touch. The Strawberry Express Ski lift is right at back door- simply put your skis on and shuffle 4-5 feet. This takes you up to some good Blue black and simple green runs. Or you can ski across the bridge into the Village ski Centennial Lift that takes you right up then top of Beaver Creek Mountain to the most stunning 7 mile greens, blue and Black runs.
The four chair express lift takes you to the middle section and from there you can catch the cinch right to the top. Restaurants and toilets are everywhere on this mountain and loads of Information skiers, patrol and lift staff. You felt very much supported with good signage, emergency phones and long wide runs.
This resort is a true ski in and ski out resort – not like some of the back tracks you get in some locations. You literally ski off the runs and slide into the door step where Chuck has hot chocolate or fresh oranges and even slippers for your feet if you want to take a break from your ski boots.
The location of the Resort is half an hour’s drive from Eagle Vail Airport - we flew in American Airlines direct from LAX. There are many direct flights from major cities or you can connect through Denver and catch a smaller plane for a 40 minute flight into Eagle Vail.
We booked a 4 WD transfer through the Hotel web site and it went very smoothly.
Location of the hotel is literally across the street from Beaver Creek Village which is a lovely quaint friendly village. Hot chocolate chip cookies at first lift runs and at the end of the day - a signature treat of Beaver Creek.
The hotel itself only has 45 rooms available – some are residential so it has a nice mix. The gym is small but good equipment, a hot spa and the lounge area was a really friendly pace with a large Gas open fire, board games, TV and daily newspaper, magazines for you to relax. The other good thing was a DVD machine rental you could, access at any time through a DVD credit card given to you at reception on arrival. So latest movie releases and was very popular.
Tapas from 3-6 pm - $30 for 3 – even if you don’t stay at Osprey – make sure you eat here. Innovative, fresh and tasty food was really special - bravo to the chef and his kitchen staff. He can cook better than he can interact with folks.
The village itself has a general store for some personal items and basic medicines etc if you have kids, there are shops that sell anything from fine and sculptured art, jewellery, fine fashion, kids toys, ski gear, boots, woollens, crafts, wines etc. The village Cultural centre is fantastic; Smoky Robinson was there, Circus de Soleil, so many really fine entertainment options.
We loved sitting at CJ’s bar enjoying the music outdoors whilst sipping wine and beer at the end of a fantastic day skiing. A gorgeous 14 year old girl from the crowd sang with the band and it was very friendly family atmosphere along with a general overall feel of a small community. Beaver Creek gets it right for young and teenage families. If you want a more action perhaps Vail is a better option.
We used the Beaver Creek ski school and had one of the best ski instructors Wes Cohen really made a big difference to our skiing and enjoyment of the mountain. Ask for him specifically if you want excellent mix of good solid knowledge of skiing and the Beaver Creek Mountain. He will improve your skiing, confidence and enjoyment of this stunning sport. Anything from green run skiers to black run skiers. Our other skiers used Tom Newmann and found him to be excellent as well.
This is a true ski in Ski out for any ability – you don’t have to be a black run skier or boarder to ski right up to the back door. We were in room 201 and over looked both the Strawberry express lift and on our balcony the whole Beaver Creek Mountain by Centennial lift and the bridge with all the skiers moving back and forth.
Our room looked out toward Strawberry express and across to the village Centennial Lifts and mountain runs - gorgeous views. Gas fire place, daily fresh water (that is in glass bottles free and generously refilled at evening turn down service), and turn down service at night with a wee chocolate on the pillow. Generous towels and a Coffee percolator in room.
DVD players in our room, we had a humidifier that was magic as it put some moisture back in the room, and large Flat screen TV. Modern décor, snugly comfy bed, fresh airy rooms if you wanted to open the doors and windows. Two balcony chairs to sit and watch skiers/boarders and the village activity.
We have stayed at non ski in ski out and had to wait and take buses which is fine but the convenience of the ski in and ski out and simply walk across the road to the village and a multitude for restaurants, shops, and activity is magic.
You are so tired after skiing we would often not make it back when we had to bus it to and from the village square.
If you can afford to stay right in the village – give it a go – you won’t go back to taking buses in and out.