Tuesday, January 7, 2014


My family and I returned from our ski trip to Colorado late Sunday night. We had a marvelous three days of skiing, apres ski lounging, delicious food and spending time with some of our close family friends.

I have been skiing since I was seven years old. We have skied in both Colorado and Utah, but for the past six years we have skied at Beaver Creek. We have a routine down there, it is easy to get to, and we absolutely love it!

We spent the days on the mountain, and the evenings enjoying delicious cuisine at dinner. It's honestly the perfect combination! Skiing is one of my favorite activities to do with my family. My mom doesn't ski, but my dad does, and it is great bonding time!

The snow was good, and it wasn't too cold. We got a powder day on the last day! A foot of fresh snow fell overnight, and continued to fall during the day. It was absolute perfection!

Here's some photos from the trip:

We finally skied Grouse Mountain this year. #allblackeverything

My brother and I before the first run of the day


Natalie in Larkspur bowl, getting ready to ski some pow.

My dad and I on Rose Bowl Lift

Natalie and I 

Here we are with our friends before loading the sleigh to Beano's Cabin


Outfit #1: Ralph Lauren sweater ( I got mine at TJ Maxx!) (similar here) | Tommy Hilfiger blouse (TJ Maxx!)  | Zara Jeans | Fossil watch (TJ Maxx!) | L.L. Bean boots 

Outfit #2: Forever 21 sweater | H&M denim shirt (similar here) | HUE leggings | L.L. Bean Boots | Made by me headband

Outfit #3: Patagonia jacket (similar here) | Charter Club sweater | TJ Maxx leggings | Kate Spade "Air Quote" mittens (last season from Nordstrom Rack) | SmartWool socks (similar here) | L.L Bean boots |

If you plan on visiting the Vail/Beaver Creek area, here are some awesome restaurant recommendations:

Located in Avon, the Mexican restaurant is home to live music, delicious homemade tortillas, and one of the biggest margarita offerings around. My favorite dish is the Enchiladas Suizas. Reservations accepted. 

Another family favorite! Blue Moose has locations in both Beaver Creek Village and Vail Village. Guests can dine in or carry-out. Reservations are not accepted, so this place can get pretty busy during peak times. Besides pizza, the restaurant serves salads, pasta, and sandwiches. Our favorite salad is the Greek, and for pizza we usually make our own, with original hand tossed crust, basil, tomato, and goat cheese.

Seafood lovers, this one is for you! Located in Lionshead Village near Vail, this eatery serves delicious fresh seafood. My favorite is the ahi tuna. Reservations accepted.

Another one of our favorites, located in Vail Village. (Maybe we like it so much because it bears our namesake!) This upscale eatery offers seafood, soup, salad, and juicy steaks. Reservations accepted.

If you are looking for a casual spot to take in the football game, or unwind with your buddies after a day of skiing, make your way to The Dusty Boot. They offer traditional pub fare. If I were you, I'd order a burger. So good. They do not accept reservations, so it can get pretty busy during peak times.

Beano's is truly a one of a kind dining experience. Beano's cabin is located at the edge of Larkspur Bowl, up Larkspur Mountain. How does one get there, you may ask? Beano's guests are ushered into a snowcat-pulled sleigh at the base of the mountain, and cuddle in blankets as the sleigh makes its way to Beano's. Upon arrival, guests enter into Beano's spacious coatroom, and are offered slippers to wear during dinner. The cabin itself is spacious but rustic, with a large hearth and live music. The menu is amazing, featuring freshly caught game (think rabbit, hen, and quail) and fresh fish. Guests enjoy a five course meal, and then ride down the mountain in the sleigh. So good, and so fun! Reservations are required.

8100 is the restaurant inside the Park Hyatt, located in Beaver Creek Village. It is a great place for apres ski apps and drinks (they have a gorgeous outdoor patio with blankets and heaters), or a nice lunch before heading back to the slopes. My favorites include the endive and pear salad with salmon, the french onion soup, and for apres ski apps, the bacon and gorgonzola tater tots. Reservations accepted for lunch and dinner.

Larkburger has locations all over Colorado, but we usually stop at the one in Edwards on our way from the airport to the resort. An upscale burger joint, Larkburger serves gourmet burgers and delicious fries. I always order a "Little Lark" with lettuce and tomato, and you just have to try the truffle parmesan fries!

Have you been skiing before? Where is your favorite place to ski? Any fellow Beaver Creek devotees?

If you have any questions about Beaver Creek, please don't hesitate to comment below,

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