Heading out to Beaver Creek next week 1/17 to 1/24. I cashed in most of my cc travel points last year for a hotel and air. Would greatly appreciate any advice on skiing, places to eat, and altitude sickness. So here are the details.
My wife (48) and I (49) are traveling are flying from east coast (NJ) into EGE next Sat. I booked a shuttle for transportation to/from hotel for $51 person each way. I had reserved a car, but the hotel said it was $50 a day to park, thats almost as much as the car rental. Let me know if there are any other options but its seems like there is local shuttle transportation available to get around BC and to Avon.
In terms of skiing, my wife is a very cautious intermediate skier , most comfortable on greens and groomer blues.
We primarily ski in Vermont and I prefer to ski blue and single blacks these days. No bumps, cliffs, Warren Miller stuff, but i do appreciate steep pitch. Love trees if there is at least a little bit of room to negotiate in there and I can't lie and say I don't like a nice groomer now and then to relax the quads. I blew out my knee 4 years ago so Im more cautious than I used to be.
Altitude sickness - is that something we should look into getting Diamox to prevent or are there some none Rx steps we can take?
We fly in around noon on 1/17 and I would prefer to ski 1/18 instead of waiting a day. (i find it kind of difficult to putz around a village with a ski mountain in the background). Im open to either option just wanted to get some experienced feedback
Skiing- The wife will be with me Sat to Weds morning and then by some miracle of work timing Im on my own Wed to Sat am when I fly back.
I was planning to ski with her in BC 2 or 3 days from 1/18 to 1/20 and then get over to Vail to check it out somehow.
BC - Any recommendations on how to ski BC (recommended terrain, timing, etc.) My wife is fine with us skiing apart in the am then getting back together for lunch, etc. She would probably benefit from lessons, so any advice there is much obliged too.
Vail - my understanding is that I can take a bus in the am from BC to Vail. Any tips on the logistics of travel from BC to Vail (bus, taxi, etc) and how to ski Vail (recommended terrain, timing, etc.) would be very much appreciated.
I doubt I will get back there anytime in the near future so I want to make the most of my 1 or 2 days there.
It looks like BC restaurants scale to the fancy, expensive oversized plate with good food but tiny portion, etc. I really don't prefer those type of restaurants at all. The value of the "presentation" of the food is lost on me. I happened to be at a restaurant a few months ago where a $20 scallops appetizer came out with one scallop (1!!). I told the manager that Scallop(s) is plural and that I wanted more. We argued and I got one more. Ridiculous.
Any recommendations for dinner in BC or Avon? I saw some recommendations for Vin48, Grouse, and Splendido but not sure which way to go. I don't mind a fancy dinner or 2 if the food is great and I won't be hungry in 30 min, but heck, the wife and I like a like a more casual dinner and enjoy a good cheeseburger, tacos.
Where to eat lunch in BC and Vail? Any recommendations for on mountain and off for those non-ski days would be appreciated.
Anything good and quick in BC or should I just bring some breakfast bars and grab a coffee which is what I usually do?
Snowmobile tour - Thinking about one of these on an off ski day to give my legs a break. Any recommendations?
The Hotel - The travel points I had were for the Park Hyatt. Not sure if there is anything special we should know about the place. Any comments appreciated.