New Options Up the Ante on Beaver Creek's Dining Experience
No doubt everyone is overjoyed that Cookie Time—Beaver Creek’s longtime daily ritual of doling out thousands of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies on silver platters to ravenous masses gathered in the Centennial ski yard at 3 p.m.—is back after a pandemic hiatus last winter. Even the staff is aflutter. “We’re so excited,” says communications manager Rachel Levitsky. “It’s the Beaver Creek experience. It’s what you know and love.”But that’s just the proverbial icing on the cake: Over the past several months, the resort (beavercreek.com) has quietly revamped many of its signature fine-dining (and sweet treat) venues. Here’s what to expect this season.
After a summer test run, Citrea has replaced Toscanini, the resort’s signature Beaver Creek Village dining venue. Named after the Latin word for lemon, Citrea features an upscale menu by executive chef Ben Laprade that skews bright, fresh, and Mediterranean. It’s open seven days a week for dinner and makes a great option for après.
In the past, the focus has always landed on Beano’s, but Beaver Creek’s other cabins—Allie’s and Zach’s—are finally sharing the spotlight. “Allie’s and Zach’s have that same [magic] with cuisine and atmosphere,” Levitsky says. Where Beano’s is located at the base of Larkspur Bowl, Allie’s sits near Rose Bowl above Haymeadow, and Zach’s is perched high above Bachelor Gulch. All offer a snowcat-pulled sleigh ride experience, exquisite wine, and Rocky Mountain fare. Caveat: SaddleRidge, the slopeside ski-in log lodge that was once a private club for Wall Street tycoons, no longer will open to the public for lunch, but those with deep pockets can still rent the venue for private soirees.
Mamie’s Mountain Grill
Rather than sticking with the grill-it-yourself concept, Mamie’s, which is located at the top of the Bachelor Gulch Express, has transformed into a German biergarten. Fuel up on pretzels and bratwurst as well as imported brews on tap.
Sometimes the promise of a “power booster” (a hard-earned gummy bear or Skittle) is what gets the little ones down a run or back on the chair. If you have kids, you won’t be able to bypass Candy Cabin at the top of Strawberry Park Express and Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express lifts, the ultimate power booster (and antidote to kiddie “it’s too cold out” whines) with bulk sweets and artisan chocolates.
The Ice Cream Parlour
Here, milkshakes (including one infused with the resort’s signature après-ski chocolate chip cookies), root beer floats, and ice cream by the scoop beckon kids of all ages. There’s also grilled cheese and tomato soup for those looking for a little more sustenance. The Parlour’s location at the top of Haymeadow Express Gondola, which does not require a lift ticket for nonskiers, means even grandma is welcome to splurge.
In the past, Cookie Cabin, with its treasure trove of hot chocolate and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, was accessible only to Beaver Creek’s ski and snowboard school. But this year, the cabin in Red Buffalo Park offers a walk-up window that’s open to the public.
Don’t miss the Sweet Beaver Treats kiosk in the Centennial base area. The hot, sopaipilla-esque cinnamon-sugar pillows were last season’s best-kept secret.