Luxury Ski Trip Like No Other At Beaver Creek

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While it is known for families and grooming, the skiing at Beaver Creek includes tons of terrain for every ability, such as the backcountry conditions of the extreme Stone Creek Chutes area shown here. Photo: Jeff Affleck/Vail Resorts

While it is known for families and grooming, the skiing at Beaver Creek includes tons of terrain for every ability, such as the backcountry conditions of the extreme Stone Creek Chutes area shown here. Photo: Jeff Affleck/Vail Resorts

With its heated sidewalks, fantastic grooming, incredible array of ski-in/ski-out homes, and uniformed staffers to carry gear for visiting families, Beaver Creek is already the single most luxurious ski resort in the United States. A posh enclave for escaping the crowds – and escaping anything that bears the slightest resemblance to a “hassle” – the focus here has always been on making it as easy as possible to enjoy all aspects of a ski or snowboard vacation.

In the luxury hospitality industry they call this concept “high touch,” a proactive, staff driven approach to excellent customer service, and for years Beaver Creek has excelled with a high staff to guest ratio and white glove approach. Now the resort is raising the entire notion of a white glove ski vacation to even loftier heights with one of the most remarkable packages in the industry.

With the White Glove Package, you and three of you friends or family will have all of Beaver Creek as your home away from home while staying at the one of a kind Trapper’s Cabin. Photo: Vail Resorts

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While a lot of ski resorts (but not all) offer ski-in/ski-out lodging, Beaver Creek is one of the very few that offers the more rarefied ski-down lodging, meaning they have one – and only one – on-mountain accommodation where you can stay and start your day at the top, skiing before riding a single lift, thus maximizing fresh powder. This exclusive, single party palace is called Trapper’s Cabin, and I had the pleasure of staying there for one short night several years ago, and it was fantastic (as a guest of the resort).

The “White Glove Package” includes a much better four night stay at Trapper’s, situated slopeside at 9,500 feet. This is one of those rare over the top travel experiences, a deluxe log cabin that usually sleeps ten, except the package is for just four so you have plenty of room. It is ideal for either a single family or two couples, and the included extras just keep coming. The cabin has a pool table, fireplace, decks, outdoor Jacuzzi tub, and much more, and is the premier address at Beaver Creek, with sno-cat transfers from the base lodge, a personal “Cabin Keeper” (concierge) and private chef to come up and cook dinner and breakfast in your high-end kitchen. The cabin is stocked with snowshoes and has direct trail access for a great nature walk after all the other skiers are gone.

Luxurious Trapper’s Cabin is the only on-mountain lodging at Beaver Creek, and comes well appointed. Photo: Vail Resorts

But that’s only where you lay your head. The White Glove Package includes round-trip first class airfare to nearby Eagle/Vail Airport from anywhere in the lower 48, then helicopter transfers to and from the resort. You get four Vail Resorts Epic Passes, good for skiing all season long (and summer activities too) at 13 top resorts in three countries, including all across Colorado, Tahoe and the nation’s single largest ski resort, the new Park City, UT. Your party is welcomed with champagne and a “ski apparel package” including performance items from Helly Hansen and Smartwool. You all get Golden Ticket First Tracks, which means lift served skiing an hour before the mountain opens to the public – in addition to your first private downhill run. The package also includes private lessons with a Ski School Ambassador (and Beaver Creek is widely regarded as having one of the world’s best ski schools), spa treatments, private snowshoe tour and picnic from Trapper’s Cabin, on mountain lunch at a private club, gourmet dinner at SaddleRidge Restaurant (the former private escape of Lehman Brothers with the largest private collection of Western art in the state), and a sleigh ride dinner at Beano’s Cabin.

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Few hot tubs in all of skiing are as private at this mountaintop one on the deck of Trapper’s Cabin. Photo: Vail Resorts

All that would be more than enough for most people, but Beaver Creek is all about hassle free travel, so the package also includes Gold Club ski rentals, meaning high performance demo gear, delivered – including boot fitting if you don’t bring your own – to the cabin by a ski concierge.

I’ve skied Beaver Creek many times over the years – as well as just about every other destination resort in the country. While it has a deservedly posh image, in addition to its legendary corduroy groomers and dedicated learning area with its own gondola, the interconnected mountains offer a huge variety of trails including the rugged in-bounds backcountry experience of Stone Creek Chutes, lots of excellent advanced mogul skiing, and two steep World Cup Downhill runs (men’s and women’s). There is a broad array of terrain for every ability – and plenty of it.

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Beaver Creek has hosted Men’s and Women’s World Cup Donwhills and both courses are open to visiting skiers. Photo: Cory Downard/Vail Resorts

From the moment the lifts close late afternoon to when they reopen in the morning, your party literally has the entire mountain to themselves. The White Glove Package for four runs a cool $50,000 but when you break it out and compare it to similarly priced ski resorts like Aspen or Deer Valley, including first class air and heli-transfers, it is actually not nearly as pricey as it sounds, and it is unforgettable. There is little – or nothing – in resort skiing that can compare to the nonstop deluxe treatment this package offers.

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