I stayed at the Elkhorn for a week for spring skiing with my husband and 2 kids- ages 9 &12, and loved it. We had a 2 bedrm./2 bath condo. It was beautifully furnished, had a great view of the mountain and very spacious. The master bathroom was huge with a jetted tub, separate shower and enclosed toilet room. The kitchen was large with granite countertops and top of the line appliances. The in unit washer/dryer and daily housekeeping was terrific. We got an amazing online deal (and felt we won the lottery) for end of spring skiing and paid around $300/night. I checked again to go back this year and it seems the same condo in high season is around $1,500-$900/night! The staff was lovely and very helpful, although we never had any issues to resolve. They did make dinner reservations for us and great restaurant suggestions on the nights we wanted to eat out. The lodge is small, but really lovely. It has a small hot tub in the back, overlooking the Elkhorn ski lift, which we used a few times and was very relaxing.
Here's the real scoop about the ski-in/ski-out at the Elkhorn. As I mentioned, they do have their own lift right outside the back of the lodge, which is very convenient for some. But, If you are traveling with young kids who are not that secure on their skis or snowboards, and are attending ski school, this lift may not be best for them. Firstly, the run you need to take when getting off the lift to the ski school consist of a lot of catwalks. My older son did fine, but it took my younger son almost half an hour to get down the mountain to the ski school and it was a bit nerve racking. On days we were running late, this was not an option, so we hopped on the shuttle service instead. (The shuttle service is amazing, you never need to have a car to go anywhere). Coming back at the end of the day, you need to take a series of somewhat flat paths in and around condos, through a pretty park, and go under a bridge, to ski back to the lodge, if you are on the main part of the mountain, (where ski school is). If there is not a lot of snow, you simply can't do this. When there is snow, if you loose momentum, you end up pushing a lot with your poles, and if you are with kids, it can be a bit challenging. I found it to be an adventure and loved it, as did my older son, but my younger son had trouble. He fell on a bit of ice when we had to duck to go under the bridge and ended up in tears with a bruise on his butt.
This was our second trip to Beaver Creek. The first time we went, we stayed at The Charter, also in a 2bed/2 bath condo. The Charter was also great, it has a few more amenities like a game room, restaurant, and ski shop for rentals & sales. I think the Elkhorn is slightly nicer, the units are bigger and I like that it's a little more quiet after a busy day on the slopes. The ski school in Beaver Creek is fantastic. My kids both loved their instructors and keep asking to go back so they can have them again. We've also been to Steamboat and Snowmass (both also great), and now deciding where to go this year. Our kids voted for Beaver Creek hands down....hoping to find that online deal again!
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