We are less than a 2 hour drive from some of the most amazing ski resorts in Colorado… Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek. All of these ski resorts are “Epic” ski resorts.
Here’s my breakdown of where to stay, eat and what to do in these fun ski towns.


I LOVE the quaint feel of Breckenridge. Much less “produced” than some other ski towns. BUT be careful of icy sidewalks… I can’t tell you how horrific these are and how many times I’ve seen people fall 🙁
Also, the bus system is fantastic & free in Breck. Park your car & leave it!

Where to Stay: 
– We love staying in the Main Street Station condos or condos slightly south of there, off Columbine Road. These are both a super easy walk to Peak 9 base and all the restaurant and shopping options.
– We have stayed at the Residence Inn by Marriott as well – good location and nice size rooms.
– Peak 8 has some tougher terrain in my opinion, so better if you are more skilled. The condos right at peak 8 are very nice but also pretty expensive.

Where to Eat: 
Downstairs at Erics is a great place for families. There is a good size arcade room connected to their restaurant which serves casual pizza and american fare. Kids can easily play in the arcade while the parents wait for the table/food.
Blue Stag Saloon is great for a nicer dinner option. Fantastic food and cozy environment. 
Aurum’s is our #1 favorite for dinner. We always book a reservation during their happy hour. Amazing food/drinks. You definitely need reservations!
Robbie’s Tavern on peak 8 overlooks the base of peak 8 and is fantastic for taking a lunch break, watching skiers or a beverage after skiing. Gets crazy crowded. Be prepared to wait.

Where to have Cocktails after Skiing:
Après is a wonderful, laid back place for a craft cocktail or beer right in the center of town. They also have a selection of board games to keep everyone entertained.
– We also love the Quandary Grille. Super convenient to Peak 9 Base and always fantastic service.


Definitely the most “produced” ski town I’ve ever been to. But it is LOVELY. And so many luxurious hotels with luxurious spas if you don’t want to ski! L
There’s plenty to love… ice skating rinks (there’s 1 in Lionshead and 1 in Vail Village)), the heated sidewalks (hallelujah!), the adorable pirate’s playground for kids. I mean, it’s all adorable!

Where to Stay: 
– Four Seasons will wow you in every way. The service, the rooms, the gorgeous bar area, the pool and multiple hot tubs. It’s just fantastic.
– Austria Haus (bookable on Hyatt’s site!!) is an absolutely adorable boutique hotel with European flair and is so quaint. The location is also fantastic for skiing the Vail Village side. They also do free continental breakfast!

Where to Eat: 
– El Segundo in Vail has the most incredible, unique tacos and fabulous margaritas. We visited this summer and can’t wait to go again!
– Mountain Standard is incredible and I highly recommend making a reservation asap!
– Flame is Four Season’s fine dining restaurant and it is fantastic in every way!
– Blue Moose pizza is one of my favs for a casual, yummy pizza lunch. 
– For the best breakfast, go the The Little Diner. Get there early because it’s super popular. And definitely order a Pannekoeken to share!

Where to have Cocktails after Skiing:
– Garfkinkels patio is always fun and has great views!
– Red Lion has live music, and is right in the center of Vail Village, with a good amount of seating so it’s fairly easy to get a table here. 
– Los Amigos at the base of the Lionshead Village Lifts (Gondola One) has fantastic margaritas and great specials.


The perfect place for families that want all the fancy feels and super happy children. They deliver FRESH, FREE cookies EVERY day at 3pm at the mountain base. They just walk around with chocolate chip cookies piled high on platters.  They also have “Candy Cabin” at the top of Strawberry Express Park Lift which your kids will love. I also love the large moose topiaries all over town! Plus, because it’s slightly further than the other 3 ski resorts, it’s never quite as crowded. 

Where to Stay: 
– Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is a great hotel. The convenience is fantastic. The lobby is beautiful. And there’s even a family arcade room nestled off to the side. The only downside is the rooms are a bit dated for what you pay.
– Hyatt Residence is our favorite in Beaver Creek. The rooms are perfectly laid out and updated. There is a movie room near the lobby. And a quick lobby continental breakfast is free each morning. We definitely fell in love with this hotel and prefer it to the Park Hyatt.

Where to Eat: 
In general, Beaver Creek does not have nearly the dining options of Breckenridge or Vail. 
– For breakfast, the buffet at Park Hyatt is one of the best I’ve ever seen.
– Dusty Boot is a yummy, casual place for dinner. 

Where to have Cocktails after Skiing:
– Golden Eagle Inn has a cozy bar area and great cocktails.
– Once again, you can’t go wrong with the Park Hyatt. Their Brass Bear Bar is gorgeous!


The main base of keystone (River Run Village) is pretty small and super easy to navigate. And they have shareable red wagons everywhere that parents will love for transporting their kiddos and gear. Keystone also has fireworks every  Friday night, which is a fun treat. There’s also tubing which is a great break from skiing and totally exhilarating, (book early!) and the massive snowfort which younger kids will love (at the top of Dercum Mountain). Super family friendly!

Where to Stay: 
– Any condos near the main base (River Run Village) are going to be a fantastic location.
– We’ve also stayed several times at Hyatt Place because you can stay with credit card points which is an outstanding value. Here’s a tip if you stay there… grab the bus behind the hotel by Mountain House Lodge. It’s a straight shot to River Run Village and very quick. 

Where to Eat: 
– Montezuma Roadhouse is our absolute favorite. Fantastic food and a little game room (do you notice we LOVE game rooms! haha)
– The Crepe Stand is a must. For Crepes 😉 
– Pizza on the run has delicious pizza and super casual environment.

Where to have Cocktails after Skiing:
– Kickapoo Tavern. Lively, crowded, fun. Great patio if it’s not freezing outside. 🙂
– 9280 Taphouse. TVs, great service. What’s not to love. 


My favorite place for snow shoeing is Breckenridge. Take the bus to the Nordic Center (super easy, just remind the driver to stop). There’s a great loop within the woods you can take for snow shoeing here which I love because you are really immersed in the huge trees & snow. I would also consider taking a cross country skiing lesson here. There’s actually a lot of technique to it and their beginner trail is fantastic. This Nordic center also has a little shop for lunch and cute seating. You could absolutely make an afternoon out of it.

Vail’s Nordic Center is best for fat tire biking through the snow and a very flat cross country ski. I didn’t like snow shoeing here as you are just out in the open basically walking on a path with snow shoes on. Doesn’t feel like you are even snow shoeing.

If you love sledding then definitely check out Carter Park in Breckenridge.

Keystone’s tubing is fantastic and I definitely recommend making a reservation to do this. I would make the reservation right before lunch or right after lunch as it seems to have less people.
I have done cross country skiing at Keystone’s Nordic Center also and enjoyed it. It’s a much smaller Nordic Center.

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