From the top of the chairlift we tightened our snowshoe bindings and spent the next hour and a half with jaws dropped as we took in the rugged, beautiful views from the park. Though adjacent to the ski slopes, McCoy Park feels otherworldly. In addition to groomed trails, there were more primitive paths through the forest. A person could snowshoe or cross country ski for hours and not cover all the paths. Access to the trails is included with the Epic Pass, and day passes are also available for purchase.
I’d signed up for the Winter Wine Excursion, a delectable tour that takes place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons throughout the season. After our romp through the woods, my group and I rode the lift down to the Osprey where a table awaited us. On top of the table came charcuterie platters with a variety of smoked and cured meats, strawberries, golden raisins and a medley of cheeses. Baskets of delicious bread and crackers magically reappeared, and our waiter ensured our wine glasses were never empty. This is the kind of indulgence I adore about mountain vacations; coming on the heels of a sporting snowshoeing excursion made it that much better.
All of McCoy Park’s Nordic skiing and snowshoeing options are great for non-skiers or snowboarders (you can rent Nordic skis or snowshoes, take lessons, get guided tours, etc.)
And, best of all, McCoy Park is just one of the many options for Beaver Creek visitors who don’t want to ski or snowboard. There’s the shopping, of course, renowned for its eclectic mix and unique offerings. There’s also ice-skating at the rink situated in the village center. There is a range of spas, and there are impeccable restaurants.
There’s also culture. The Vilar Performing Arts Center brings world-class shows to its 535-seat theater throughout the year. From Broadway musicals to classical concerts to comedy, dance, and more, the center provides top caliber performances. In addition, the center hosts kid-specific events, like its STARS: Rising Stars of the Opera series. Held mid-day, this event offers the opportunity for kids to experience talented young artists at the cusp of their careers.
What else is there to do at Beaver Creek if you don’t ski or snowboard?
To name a few: Thursday Night Lights, a rambunctious fireworks display and the daily cookie delivery when chefs pass out fresh-baked chocolate chip deliciousness at the resort base at 3 p.m. And, of course, there’s relaxing. Wherever you stay, your property is guaranteed to encourage you to put away your stress and real world reminders and let the essence of the mountain getaway sink in. You’re sure to eat good food and experience stunning blue-sky days. The scenery alone could keep you occupied for days on end.
All of which is to say: Beaver Creek truly has something for everyone.
Rachel Walker is a freelance writer and editor based in Boulder, Colorado, who covers family travel and adventure for a range of print and online publications.