When the Lift Stops: Family Fun in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Most think of skiing when hearing the mention of Beaver Creek, Colorado, yet the area offers so much more.  When visiting with your family, it’s not guaranteed that all members are avid skiers or want to ski at all.  Therefore, you need to prepare a list of alternatives.  Luckily, though it’s a premier ski spot, Beaver Creek hosts great things for those who are visiting, even those who do not want to hit the slopes.

 

Hiking

If you’re visiting during the summer and fall, you’ll want to take advantage of a number of trails in Beaver Creek Mountain.  Take the Strawberry Park express lift and choose between a short hike to Mamie’s Mountain Grill, or if you’re up for it, take the gang on a longer hike to Beaver Lake.

 

Dining

The family is sure to get hungry after a hike.  Head to Beano’s Cabin, resting 9,000 feet above sea level on Beaver Creek Mountain.  You’ll be served gourmet-style five-course dinners along with plenty of options for picky kids.  While you’re in the area, ride on horses or a wagon during the warmer months, and take a scenic tour through the land by sleigh in the winter.

 

Snowshoeing

If you don’t want to wear skis, try on a pair of snowshoes and enjoy the pristine scenery at your own pace.  Beaver Creek offers 90-minute tours for kids who are 6 and older.  It’s great exercise for the younger ones who enjoy hot chocolate and cookies when they return from the trek.

 

Gondolas

You could hike up the mountain, but that’s pretty tiring.  Why not hitch a ride on a gondola?  

It’s one of the best ways to see a panoramic view of the area.  Take selfies, pictures with family members, and get a number of one-of-a-kind shots while the gondola leisurely pulls you up and down the mountain.

 

Jeep Tours

A jeep is yet another alternative for heading up and down the mountain.  Hop on in for a four-wheel drive adventure.  Bounce, turn, and twist your way to the top to enjoy a great view and to take awesome camera photos to make those back home mighty jealous.  Allow the driver to keep their eyes on the road while you take in the scenery that includes sightings of deer, elk, and other wildlife.

 

Tubing

Some prefer to shoot down the mountain on skis, but it’s equally (if not more) fun to fly down on an innertube.  Haymaker Tubing Hill offers infinite sledding fun and it’s accessible via the Buckaroo Express Gondola.  If tubing is not your thing, find what to do in Beaver Creek Co at GetawayPlanners.com.

 

Eating Cookies

That’s right; at Beaver Creek, there is such a thing as ‘cookie time,’ and it takes place in the summer and winter at 3pm each day!  Find the suppliers of delicious treats near the second level escalators as well as the base of the Centennial Express Lift.  What’s better than free, freshly-baked cookies?!

 

Ice Skating

The Beaver Creek Ice Skating Rink is open in the summer and winter.  It’s a great spot to go as a couple or with the entire family.  The rink is accommodating to skaters of all skill levels, whether you need to stand by the wall for added stability or want to practice your jumps and spins.  If you’re there in the winter, check out Disco Skate Night on Mondays, complete with a DJ and laser lights.

 

Fishing

Fishing is one of the preferred pastimes at Beaver Creek.  Gore Creek Fly Fisherman offers guided tours and hosts free casting clinics during the summer months.  If you and family members are experienced, bring your own gear and take a hike up to Flood’s Fishing Ponds to try a hand at catching trout.

 

Golfing

You’re never too young or old to play a round of golf.  Colorado players are quick to remind newcomers that you can hit the ball up to 20% farther due to the thin air at higher altitudes.  Practice your swing at the driving range or play a round at a number of renowned courses in the valley.  Guests who are staying at Beaver Creek are well accommodated and tee times can be arranged at a variety of courses nearby.

 

Cattle Drive

Head toward a ranch in the valley and live as Colorado natives did over a century ago.  Take part in cattle drives, clay shooting, horseback riding, fly fishing, and other activities that were common with settlers a long time ago.  When you’re done with your activities, enjoy a Western-style barbeque.

 

Andrea Evans works in tourism and is a confirmed lover of all things snow-related. She has first-hand experience of places like Beaver Creek amongst others and enjoys sharing her insights online. Andrea writes for a variety of travel-related websites.

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