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Does Beaver Creek have a day lodge? [for family trip with younger kids, staying in Avon]

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

Planning a trip to Beaver Creek with younger kids. We will be staying near Avon and shuttling to the mountain. Does anyone know of a day lodge of any type at Beaver Creek to sort of camp out a little when the kids need a break?

 

Thanks for reading.

post #2 of 8
Not sure how much winter stuff BC has up. You might want to try searching using Beaver Creek loves kids or BC loves families. I know they have tons of summer stuff and that might be all they have on their website right now.

Another option would be giving them a call.
post #3 of 8

There is not really a New England style base lodge at BC, but there are some other structures that might serve the purpose.

There is a building called the Ranch at the top of the very short beginner's gondola at BC that might serve as a day lodge, not sure how friendly it is for family members not taking a lesson?  Haven't used this facility.  Details here:  http://www.melick.com/portfolio/ski-resorts/the-ranch/

 

There are various public restaurants on the mtn that you could hang out in.  I have used the Broken Arrow Restaurant at the base of the Arrow Bahn Express chair as a base lodge, including leaving behind a backpack there that I had to go back and get at the end of the day after driving away from the mtn.  This lodge is on the far fringe of the trail layout, which can be a pain, but there is free parking nearby.

 

Could also probably use the Spruce Saddle and Talons Restaurants on the hill. 

Here is trail map:  http://www.beavercreek.com/~/media/beaver%20creek/files/maps/bc%20fy15%20winter%20trail_enlarged.ashx

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies guys. We have been to BC once before and I can see some workable options. I was just looking to see if there was a designated area (something maybe with lockers,etc), but I'm sure we'll manage. I did call BC and confirm that there is nothing specific. 

 

Not having a place to camp out and leave stuff does have it's advantages in that we're forced to travel lighter which creates an ease of it's own.

post #5 of 8

There is an inside locker room near the ticket office beside base of the nearest escalator to the slopes. It has a few benches to put on boots, just no room to hang out or eat a DIY sandwich.  BTW, the ten days or so that I have skied at BC I have almost always brought my own bag lunch in a back pack and eat inside usually at Spruce Saddle lodge high up on the mtn.

post #6 of 8

As above Broken Arrow does have a few lockers and a lot of locals do use it like a day lodge - BUT is is a long schlep traverse back from the main ski area such that you only really want to have to do it once a day so it's of no practical use for nipping back to. I've always found that Spruce Saddle gets insanely and unpleasantly busy so really couldn't recommend camping out there - which leaves a bag drop at Talons as your main option. 

post #7 of 8

I could see using Spruce Saddle as a quasi day lodge. Lots of tables on two floors to sit and relax. Busy at lunch but not that crowded before 11:30 or after 1:30 - 2. There are locker's on the lower level by the rest rooms. No designated play space for young kids, so might not work depending on their ages. Talons is nice, but also crowded at lunch time. Don't think there are lockers. And only way to get there is blues and blacks, unless you download.


Edited by whumpf - 6/30/16 at 12:05pm
post #8 of 8

I could see using the lobby of the Westin as a "day lodge", if your kids are quiet and well behaved. I've certainly seen non-skiing spouses camped there.

 

Could be a bit far from the slopes though, if you've got older kids skiing without other adults tending them.

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