Rocky Mountain Residence Manager and in-the-know local, Greg Ciluzzi reveals top haunts and happenings for an elevated escape to Vail and Beaver Creek.
DID YOU KNOW? Vail is prime breeding ground for Olympians, including the current top two female Olympic alpine ski medalists, Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin. Buy an EPIC PASS (ski pass) for $769, which offers unlimited skiing and no blackout dates at many Exclusive Resorts destinations and nearby ski areas (Colorado: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and A-Basin; Utah: Park City and The Canyons; California: Northstar, Heavenly, and Kirkwood).
SPA SCENE The Arrabelle Spa at Vail Square was voted No. 19 of 270 global spas in a recent Conde Nast reader’s poll. And located minutes from Exclusive Resorts residences, Beaver Creek’s Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt has 23 treatment rooms and the don’t-want-to-leave Aqua Sanitas water sanctuary. The Thai Journey treatment is tops and includes a lemongrass and ginger scrub, Thai massage, and hot oil foot and scalp massage.
LEGEND HAS IT The 10th Mountain Division is one of the biggest inﬂuencers of Colorado ski culture. Resilient soldiers learned to survive at high altitudes in subzero weather at an area called Camp Hale. Hauling 90-pound packs, soldiers scaled sheer cliffs and traveled across treacherous mountain passes. The 10th suffered heavy casualties in Europe but became one of the most decorated divisions in WWII. Visit the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum in Vail Village to learn about Camp Hale and the history of its soldiers (my dad, John Ciluzzi, was a 10th Mountain skier and is one of the few still alive today, at 91!).
ELEVATED EVENTS Ski season kicks off with “Snowdaze” and wraps with “Spring Back to Vail.” Each features a series of free all-ages outdoor concerts. The Birds of Prey World Cup ski race series draws top international male skiers to Beaver Creek in early December.
COCKTAIL CULTURE Mountain communities are all about après ski. Sit on the deck at Pepi’s in Vail and listen to live music while sipping a locally made craft brew (there are ﬁve local microbrews in just the Vail Valley). Or hit Bully Ranch at the Sonnenalp and order a mudslide. Stay closer to home at the Tavern at the Arrabelle, which offers a tempting portfolio of local craft brews.
TABLE TALK The BBQ at Wildwood Smokehouse atop Sundown Bowl is fantastic. I suggest either the brisket, pulled pork, or the chicken with wild rice with a side of waffle fries. At Two Elk Restaurant atop China Bowl, refuel with the elk chili or southwest wrap. And Mountain Standard is one of the newest Vail hot spots. A spinoff from the Sweet Basil team, the bar scene is as notable as the menu.
CHILD’S PLAY Ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola, adjacent to the Arrabelle, to Adventure Ridge, which accesses winter dining and outdoor activities at 10,350 feet. Choose from 10 lanes of adrenaline-ﬁlled tubing (ride superman style or traditional) or test the kids-sized snowmobiles, which take little tykes around a series of loops.
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