First Tracks on Beaver Creek Mountain.

 

If you live for Beaver Creek's Winter Culinary Weekend (or at least for food and wine), but you'd rather indulge after working off the impending caloric intake, opt for one of the four-day festival's food and fun pairings throughout the weekend (January 24-27, beavercreek.com).

If you can only do one thing ...

Make it Sunday's First Tracks & Gourmet Breakfast (January 27, 7:30 to 10 a.m.). After you cruise down the slopes before the lifts start spinning for normal business hours, guests to the Beav's First Tracks & Gourmet Breakfast experience head to Allie's Cabin for an on-mountain feast to refuel before skiing back down ($150 per adult, $75 per child).

If you're an experienced skier ...

Opt for a ticket to Ski. Eat. Ski with Guest Chef Alex Seidel (Saturday, January 26, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.), where you'll cruise the intermediate to advanced trails on Beaver Creek Mountain with a team of ski and snowboard instructors before making your way over to Zach's Cabin for a gourmet luncheon with wine pairings ($150 per person). 

If you'd rather stop and smell the roses ...

Book a trek with Winter Culinary Weekend's Guided Snowshoe Excursion & Gourmet Luncheon (Friday, January 25, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.), where you'll wander through the aspens of McCoy Park and gaze at the surrounding mountain views. We can't actually promise time to stop and smell the roses (thanks to feet upon feet of snow), but we can assure you that the aroma of a multi-course lunch feast at Grouse Mountain Grill (with wine pairings) should suffice ($150 per person).

If you're all about the alpenglow ...

The Sunset Snowshoe & Sunday Supper that closes out the festival is a must (Sunday, January 27, 2:30 to 8 p.m.). The experience begins with a late afternoon guided snowshoe through McCoy Park before meandering your way to Trappers Cabin, where you'll cozy into slippers and settle in for a multi-course dinner with wine pairings as you watch the sun sink over the valley ($200 per person).

And if you're an après-ski aficionado ...

Don't miss Friday and Saturday's après-ski events. Friday's Crafts Burgers and Beers walking après village (3 to 6 p.m.) promises live music, an assortment of burger stands and Colorado beers, and the option to customize a hot cocoa at the on-site Bailey's tent. Or, you can opt to check out Saturday's Authentically Alpine apres, which features a smorgasbord of bites and beverages to nibble on as you walk through Beaver Creek and watch the night's concert (and one more night to hit up the hot cocoa bar at the Bailey's tent). They might not be quite as sweat-inducing as some of the weekend's other listed activities, but we'll give you credit it you actually ski down to join the nightly festivities.

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