For the second year in a row, I kicked off our ski season with a weekend at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Beaver Creek. While Beaver Creek may be the furthest drive from Denver, of the Epic Pass Resorts, the extra twenty minutes are worth it for the great snow and smaller crowds. Beaver Creek is honestly one of our favorite places to ski in Colorado!
Westin Riverfront’s Avon Location
The Westin Riverfront is located in Avon just down the hill from the ski area of Beaver Creek.
To the Mountain – While the Westin is not on the mountain you are a short gondola ride away to a lift that will take you to our favorite area of Beaver Creek – Bachelor Gulch, from there you can access the rest of the mountain and Arrowhead.
To Restaurants & Bars – Beaver Creek Resort IMO is more of a family-friendly ski resort so the nightlife is minimal but down in Avon, you have easy access to great bars and restaurants in not only Avon but Edwards, Minturn, and Vail.
If you want to access the main village of Beaver Creek there is a complimentary shuttle that runs on the hour, so whether you’re looking to ski, go catch a show at Vilar Performance Arts Center or grab dinner it’s super easy to get around from The Westin.
The Westin Riverfront Vibe & Restaurants
Over the past few years, I have had the privilege of staying in some of the best ski lodges in Colorado. And what really makes a hotel/lodge stand out to me, is the common area. I know this may sound weird but for some reason at a ski lodge’s the common area, aka the living room of the hotel is where everyone wants to hang!
After a long day of skiing, you want hot chocolate and cookies for the kids and a margarita and chips for the adults – plus a roaring fire. With a “The Lookout” lobby bar and multiple lounges and fireplaces to accommodate large groups, The Westin Riverfront hits the mark on all of these.
If there was ever a spot in Beaver Creek to get your margarita to fix it would be at the Westin’s Maya by Chef Richard Sandoval. Pop over for a happy hour or book a table for dinner with friends. This place will be hopping all night without of towners and locals alike. We ate and drank like kings with tableside guac and chorizos that were out of this world.
The Westin Riverfront Pool & Spa
The second, and arguably more important than a killer communal area, is the hot tub situation. The Westin Riverfront has a heated outdoor saltwater lap pool and three infinity-edge hot tubs overlooking the Eagle River.
A view like this is hard to get in the Vail Valley a lot of resorts especially in Vail bump right up against one another, giving you a view of another person’s condo. The Westin gives you great views and plenty of hot tub options so you can go it solo or make friends and play a game of heads up while drinking red wine out of plastic cups.
Besides the killer hot tubs, the hotel offers a full-service spa and gym, ski valet and is pet-friendly! Besides the Maya, the Westin also has on-site Starbucks and great cafe The Lift which is perfect for breakfast or lunch and plus you can get Riverfront Pizza delivered to your room. Yall this pizza is SO good. We have ordered it each visit!
15,000 Feet = FREE Drinks at The Westin Riverfront!
With Seize the Summit, you can get one free drink when you show you reached 15,000 vertical feet in 1 day with your Epic App. Choose from a FREE house margarita in Maya at or a draft beer or house glass of wine in The Lift from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily. One grand prize winner will be named at the end of the season for whoever logs the most vertical feet! Challenge accepted!
The Westin Riverfront’s 10th Mountain Division Ski Trooper Experience
To celebrate the history of Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division The Westin is offering an incredible 4-day experience. Professional skier & filmmaker Chris Anthony will be your host for the weekend, including two days of guided skiing through the Vail Vally and a snowmobile tour of Camp Hale. This experience is only available February 17-20th so head here to book.
P.S. CO Locals this experience is open to the public too!