First Time Skiier to Beaver Creek - Questions

Old Jan 1st, 2002, 06:05 PM
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First Time Skiier to Beaver Creek - Questions

We are flying into and out of Denver. Should we rent a car or take a shuttle to Beaver Creek, which I've been told is available. If we take the shuttle, will it take us to our condo door (we will have 4 children and a fair amount of luggage, so am not interested in shlepping it). Who to call for info on shuttle? It makes me nervous not to be in control, but it also makes me nervous to drive 8 people if the weather is bad. Suggestions, please!

Also, I've heard that Beano's Cabin (no cracks, please) is a great place to go for dinner - sleigh ride up the mountain to dinner, etc. Is it kid (10 and 14) friendly, i.e., menu that they will like?

Any other tips for going over to Vail or other things we shouldn't miss (like great spas, family friendly activities)?

Thanks. I used to post on the Europe forum, but checked it today after being away for several months, and thank goodness the profanity and boorishness there doesn't seem to have hit this forum.
Old Jan 1st, 2002, 06:48 PM
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Dear Desi,
We've been to Vail/Beaver Creek several times, always heard that Beano was expensive, fun but food over-rated. Beaver Creek is expensive -- with my crew of four children, we always ate in after a hard day of skiing. There is a shuttle service in Beaver Creek once you get there --- and I think the name of the shuttle in and out of Denver is Mountain Express -- they have an 800 number. Good luck!
Old Jan 1st, 2002, 07:04 PM
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Dear Desi,
I looked it up - Denver Mountain Express-877-933-4362 --- door to door service - I seem to remember it was pricey, but isn't everything when you ski!
Old Jan 1st, 2002, 07:11 PM
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Have you considered flying into Eagle. There are jets that service this airport and it is only about 25-30 miles from Beaver Creek?
Old Jan 2nd, 2002, 09:19 AM
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We've been to Vail/Beaver Creek several times in Winter and Summer. A friend's daughter used the shuttle from Denver one summer and it worked great. However, the cost is probably per person and it may be cheaper to rent a mini-van for a family of six. The drive is I-70 all the way, no curving, twisting, two lane mountain roads to deal with. The only time it's scary to drive is when it's snowing hard. They keep the interstate cleared as much as possible. You really don't need a car once you get to Beaver Creek. If you are staying in Beaver Creek they have complimentary shuttle service within the resort and busses run to Vail. I'd also suggest you check on the Eagle-Vail airport as it is much closer.
I've never been to Beano's Cabin. Couldn't stand the prices! My favorite place to eat now is on the highway between Beaver Creek and Vail. It's called the Vail Cafe. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and all are wonderful. The prices are very reasonable. For a family Cassidy's Hole in the Wall has a varied menu. Cassidy's is in Avon. There is a wonderful Mexican place in Edwards in a little strip shopping center (can't recall the name!) A couple of other popular places are in Minturn which is in between Vail and Beaver Creek. The Minturn Country Club (only a restaurant, no club to it) offers steaks and other fare that you grill yourself. Some think this is fun, I want my dinner cooked for me when I go out to eat. If your kids are old enough to cook their own without to much help this might be fun for them. The other restaraunt in Minturn serves good Mexican, can't remember the name again!
Don't know if you're a first time skiier or just first time to Beaver Creek, but it's a great place to learn. The top of the mountain has nice wide flat green runs. There is also an outdoor ice skating rink in the Village at the base of the Mountain.
Old Jan 2nd, 2002, 11:55 AM
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The Mexican place in Minturn is called Chili Willy's.

The Eagle Bahn gondola at Vail is free after 2O pm. It's a beautiful ride to the top where you'll find Adventure Ridge -- tubing, ice skating, snowmobiling, ski bikes, laser tag, the Blue Moon restaurant, coffee shops, etc.. Lots of fun but can get pricey. I think the tubing was $17/hour per person, but no one seemed to be checking the time listed on the tickets, so you can probably tube as long as you like. Fun for the whole family.

Beaver Creek has snowshoe and cross country ski rentals, and a beautiful cross country area on TOP of the mountain, instead of below it. Also has a little ice skating rink in the middle of the shops.

If it were me, I'd rent a minivan. Your dining and travel options will be limited to the Beaver Creek area with a shuttle, and there are so many options within the area that it's nice to have a choice and the means to get there. Plus, if you decide to eat in, you can always hop in the van and pick up a few groceries at the store.

Have not personally taken a sleigh ride/dinner, but only because they seem a little cheesy, IMO. It's not a "one horse open sleigh" with just you and your family, but rather a huge contraption that seats 20 or so. Just not my idea of a moonlit sleigh ride, that's all.
Old Jan 3rd, 2002, 01:57 PM
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I would also recommmend that you think about hiring a car and driving yourself. Roads are good and it is an easy drive.

You will then find it easy to get around to other towns.

There is a great 24 hr supermarket (Thriftway)in Frisco, about 1/2 mile off I 70, about 30 miles before Beaver Creek where you will be able to stock up for the condo rather than paying the more expensive prices in Beaver Creek.

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