Beaver Creek ski resort is just past Vail on I-70 west. While this is a very family friendly ski resort, it has some great expert terrain and some very long runs that I really love. Beaver Creek is the furthest resort on I-70 making the trip a little longer but worth it. While Keystone, Breck and Vail can be swimming with people, Beaver is never too crowded even on a holiday weekend.
If you are making the trip to Beaver Creek this winter, there is one dining experience that is a must, dinner at Beano’s Cabin.
Dinner includes an open-air sleigh ride up the mountain to a cozy cabin for a delicious five-course meal. This may be one of Clay and mine’s favorite dining experience to date. We loved every moment of this experience even the very cold sleigh ride!
Destination: Vail, Colorado
About: Located in the Eagle Valley surrounded by The White River National Forrest and Gore Range
Route: I-70 West
Distance: 98 Miles
Time: 1h 30 mins
Trip Length: Overnight or Day Trip
Sleeping: Airbnb or Hotel
The heart an d soul of Vail! The village was founded when the ski lifts opened in 1962. Modeled to resemble the European village of the Swiss Alps, Vail Village is adorable! The village is pedestrian only with cobblestone streets, little shops and bars everywhere.
Lyons’ head is the next village over from Vail Village (heading west). I always make a stop in Lyons’ head when skiing for lunch at Moes BBQ. I have never stayed in Lyons Head but I think the nightlife is a little tamer then Vail Village.
West Vail is where you will find the grocery and liquor stores and any other conveniences you may need. Plus, some pretty tasty restaurants. Most residence and Airbnbs at a lower price point will be in this part of town.
Like most mountain towns, public transportation makes it super easy to get around. Is your goal to be next to the slopes/village or are you okay a little further from the action?
If you can ($$$), I would stay in Vail Village as you will only need your car to go to the grocery store. So if you plan to shuttle to the mountain, staying in the village is a great choice. Staying almost anywhere in Vail Village or Lionshead will give you easy access to the mountain as well.
Vail Village is mostly hotels and condos so if you’re looking for a large house, those will be outside of the villages but still super close to everything.
Another thing to consider when staying a ride away from the slopes: you don’t have to lug your stuff around. There are plenty of ski valets and lockers to store your gear!
Where to Eat & Drink
Northside Kitchen – Further west of Vail in Edwards, this spot is great for grabbing something to go but you’re gonna want to sit down and dig in. Everything on the menu is delicious and once you see all those pastries you’re going to have a hard time deciding what to get.
Westside Cafe – Claiming to have the world’s best benedict, this is a hot spot for breakfast in Vail.
The Little Diner – All-day breakfast. Yes please!
Loaded Joe’s – Once you are in Vail Village and need something to eat, this is the spot!
Destination: Breckenridge, Colorado
About: Located in Summit County, CO, along the Blue River.
Route: I-70 West to CO-9 S or 285 West to CO-9 North (longer 2 lane road, but sometimes less traffic)
Distance: 80.2 Miles
Time: 1h 30 mins
Trip Length: Overnight or Day Trip
Sleeping: Airbnb or Hotel
Breckenridge is a quintessential Colorado ski town. Settled in the 1850’s by gold miners, the first ski trails were made in 1961. Today, “Breck” is a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts with access to every sport imaginable.
Airbnb – You can find mega-mansions to sleep a group of 20, a small ski-in, ski-out condo or a quaint house right in town. If Breck’s prices are a little too high, try expanding your search to include Frisco. There is great transportation between both locales, so no need to find parking at the slopes or in town.
The Bivvi Hostel is a super cool and well-decorated hostel that works great for groups. And they have a bar.
Breckenridge has a great public transportation system with stops all over, making navigating between the slopes and the town a breeze. It’s not imperative to stay “on the mountain”. I would prefer to stay closer to town so you can walk around and enjoy all that Breck has to offer.
How to get around
Parking – Breckenridge parking can be difficult, especially during ski season. Rentals and resorts will offer at least one free space but if you’re going to have multiple vehicles you will need to double-check where you can park with your host.
Buses -The free buses are great and can take you everywhere you need to go, plus it’s totally free! Learn more here.
Uber & Lyft – There are a few Ubers/Lyfts in the mountains so if you need one to take to dinner or home after a night out, you should be able to find one.
Drunk Passes – If you drive into town and find yourself a few too many sheets to the wind to drive home, you can ask for a “drunk pass” from a bar or restaurant. This will allow you to leave your car parked overnight but you must pick up your car by 9 a.m. the next day.
After 5 years of blogging, all the long hours are paying off! I can’t describe how giddy I was when I received an email from Hotel Talisa last fall about a potential partnership. Of course, my answer was yes, yes, yes! A weekend in Vail at a totally remodeled resort with its own ski lift? YES!!
The transformation of Hotel Talisa has been a long time coming. The property was purchased a little over 2 years ago and underwent a complete renovation. I am talking floor to ceiling gut, remodel and full-on interior design makeover. The resort opened just in time for ski season this past November and is now in full swing! Read on to learn more about the resort and watch the video of our weekend at Hotel Talisa.
Vail is the cream of the crop when it comes to skiing in Colorado and really the world. It’s the largest ski resort in Colorado and the 3rd largest in the US with a total of 5,289 acres. Originally, home to the Ute Indians, the valley along Gore Creek became popular for mining in the 1870’s. During WWII, the famous 10th Mountain Division trained in the Gorge Range. Members later returned to the Valley and eventually became the founding fathers of Vail.
Today, Vail is a luxury ski destination for travelers all over the world. It’s not surprising to hop on a lift and hear a few different languages. Vail is modeled after the Swiss Alps and is home to world-class restaurants, local breweries, and one amazing Bama based BBQ joint. While it’s a luxurious place, you are still in Colorado! So cowboy boots, blue jeans, and craft beer are very much “in” and appropriate.
While Vail is home to the some of the best skiing, it also offers world-class fly fishing, hundreds of hiking and biking trails, zip line course, horseback riding and white water rafting! Hense the slogan “Vail, Like Nothing On Earth”!
Hotel Talisa Location
Hotel Talisa sits right on the banks of the Gore Creek in West Vail. Talisa actually stands for beautiful water in Ute! P.S. If you like fly fishing you can fish just a few steps from the pool deck!
During the warmer months, you can walk or bike the path from Hotel Talisa to Lionshead and Vail Village. The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle between the hotel and other villages that run constantly throughout the day.
Ski in – Ski Out
Hotel Talisa is one of the only true ski-in/ski-out resorts in Vail. The hotel is located right next to the Cascade Lift. I mean, right next to it. Walk out the door from renting or picking up your gear at the ski valet and you are in the lift line. On our trip it snowed 9 inches overnight and being right at the lift on a powder day was a dream come true! We were basically the first chair!
If you are planning on skiing more than two days in or outside Colorado, your cheapest option for lift tickets is to purchase them in advance! You may find that buying a “pass” is going to be your best option. Liftopia is an awesome site to find great deals on lift tickets and rental equipment.
Epic Pass – Vail Resorts owns basically all the resorts on I-70. So, if you plan on skiing 2x a year or more than four days, you should definitely consider buying a pass. Important to note that you can’t get discounted passes on Liftopia for Epic Resorts aka Vail-owned resorts.
Rocky Mountain Super Pass – With this super pass, you get Winter Park/Mary Jane + Copper + Days at Crested Butte, and Steamboat. It is a total steal if you want to ski in a few areas.
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Ski Bunny Chic
Sexy ski pants, killer turns and an all natural look. Well we all know that “Im not wearing any makeup” look involves makeup, so here are my tips and tricks for looking from the chairlift to acres ski.
The number one thing your must where on the mountains – SUNSCREEN. Sunscreen is a must. When you’re in the mountains not only are you closer to the sun but the and the sun reflects off the snow on to your face. My daily moisture CeraVe AM Cream, contains SPF 15 but I typically apply more when I get out of the car and carry a stick with me in my jacket. You will want to really at lunch and as you sip champagne at the end of the day.
It’s winter, you’re 99% most likely ghostly pale right now. I get super pale so I use these Alpha Beta Glow Pads weekly to give my face a nice glow. I have tried numerous face self tanners and these are my favorite. I typically apply Thursday or Friday for a bronzed look that takes me into the weekend. for the weekend.
I am prone to breaking out along my google line and my face gaud is usually up most of the day. So I try to stay away from heavy foundation. A great day to pull out your BB Cream! My routine calls for under eye consider and a tented moisturizer with SPF.
No need for blush, you are going to get that perfectly windblown look from the slopes
The key to all day eyes is WATERPROOF, the only thing worse than a ski racoon tan is raccoon eyes to match. Go for a subtle liner and reapply in the bathroom later.
I started using Maybelline Eyebrow Crayons almost a year ago and am obsessed. Waterproof mascara, eyeliner and a little eye shadow – A little shimmer to wake up tiered eyes
My lips have a natural just chugged a blue Gatorade color, so I live for lips stains and tents. I apply in the morning and before drinks. I always keep a chapstick with SPF in my jacket pocket to protect them from the wind and sun as well.
I would love to figure out how to french braid my hair. I opt for a low pony and da poorly done braid or pigtail braids. I have been working on a headband braid while stuck in ski traffic but no success yet. I do see some girls who wear they’re hair down but mine turn into a giant knot.
Since you will be heading straight from the slopes to acres ski you will need to pack your touch up essentials with you? But since your skiing you really only have what you can fit in your pockets.
Yep Samples, time to put those 100s sample packets to good use! I throw a few in a few samples and touch up in the bathroom.
Beauty routine down but don’t know what to pack? Check out my full Ski Trip Guide here.
Steamboat you are drop dead gorgeous. A little off the beaten path but well worth the drive. Plus it is a beautiful drive! The Rocky Mountain Super Pass gives your few days to ski at Steamboat, so I jumped at the chance when a friend began to plan a trip.
We stayed at the Meadows at Eagle Ridge Condos, a Whyndam Vacation Rental, which was super close to the mountain and offered a free shuttle between the mountain, condo and town. Really the shuttle service was amazing, just call a number and they are there to pick you up!
Saturday we hit the slopes early. As I got off the Storm Peak Express and turned the corner to head down Buddy’s Run I literally stopped in my tracks because of the gorgeous view. Since we arrived late Friday I had not seen what Steamboat looked like. It was a beautiful warm day, almost like a spring skiing day and we took full advantage of it.
Our crew snagged a picnic table in front of Four Points Lodge for lunch. On mountain meals are alway expensive and typically disappointing but the food at Four Points was on point (puns!). I highly recommend the Turkey Pot Pie and Portobello Caprese Sandwich with Quinoa and Kale Salad. The pot pie is amazing and big enough to split.
After lunch, some girls and I headed over to the Sunshine lift area and lapped some great blue “roller” runs. I loved all the runs and we did at Steamboat and would love to go back and ski again later this season.
Saturday night we went in town for dinner at The Old Taven which was great for our large group. After a few drinks at The Tap Room, we decided to have a dance party at the condo and called the free shuttle to take us home. Within 10 mins the shuttle was there to take us home, and to the liquor store! We stayed up late dancing to my Oldies Dance Party Mix.
For more restaurant and bar recommendations check out this post – Quick Guide Steamboat
On Sunday we only had time for a few hours of skiing before heading back to Denver. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to explore the town as much as I liked but our stay at the Wyndham Meadows Condos was fabulous and I hope to return before the season ends.
If you’re planning a trip I highly suggest renting your ski and equipment from Christy Sports right on the mountain!
PS. Thanks Harper, Lolo and Hailey for the pictures!