I am going to be traveling to Beaver Creek/Avon/Vail area (not sure yet) from Dec 9-12th for my birthday. Its going to be me, my girlfriend and 2 other couples all in our mid-20s. I have some questions regarding my trip. I have done research on all the hotels and the Westin Riverfront, Park Hyatt, BC lodge have caught my eye and within my budget. Which is the best lodging in that area that I will be close to everything? I plan on renting a car, seeing that I will be flying into Denver. Also how is the night life, bars, etc? Having done my research, I plan on it snowing during that time. And what else outdoors activities can I do besides skiing. I have heard great things about both villages (BC & Vail). Just trying to make the best decisions right now based on the facts.