The Borders Lodge
What We Love
- The lodge is less than two minutes from the Beaver Creek Golf course and has ski-in/ski-out access via the Elkhorn lift
- Twin beds and sleeper sofas cater to families with tots in tow
- Access to spa services at Spa Struck at sister property Charter at Beaver Creek
- Amazing alpine views in all directions
- Showers have great water pressure and Aveda bath products
- Daily maid service (a rarity in condo-like units)
What To Know
- Free underground parking
- The property is within walking distance of Beaver Creek Village; there’s also a free shuttle bus
- No on-site restaurant or spa
- Borders Lodge completed a $1.66 million renovation of common areas and re-opened in November 2013, giving it a fresh new look
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Beaver Creek is an exclusive gated mountain resort with snowcapped peaks, powder-packed runs and World Cup racing during winter, and glorious alpine meadows, crystal-clear streams and high-altitude golf courses in summer. Steps from the tony, pedestrian-only village, Borders Lodge is a collection of ski-in/ski-out (or hike-in/hike-out) condos that puts the best of the Rocky Mountains at your boot tips. Condos are individually decorated, which means some have had more recent updates than others (Superior more recently); you might find yourself in a Western-style hideaway, complete with an antler chandelier, knotty pine cabinets and cozy leather sofas. There’s a small pool, two hot tubs and a gym, but no on-site spa or restaurant. However, guests have access to the restaurant and spa at Charter (the sister property to Borders Lodge), and at Beaver Creek Village a dozen bistros, restaurants and coffee shops await.
In the Area
Get the five-course prix-fixe dinner in any season at Beano’s Cabin, up on Beaver Creek Mountain. It may be touristy, but the food is surprisingly good. Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is the Vail Valley’s original microbrewery. Find the hoppy Crazy Mountain Amber Ale on tap at the Beaver Creek Chophouse. Get a deep tissue massage at the Charter’s Spa Struck or opt for a full day of pampering at the vast Allegria Spa, which includes a fitness center and the five-station Aqua Sanitas Water Sanctuary: Thermae Pool, Caldarium Mineral Pool, Cascata Rainshower, Caldarium Steam Room and Tepidarium.
How to Get There
Boarders was an awesome choice for 4 first time skier's! The lift behind us was great for the faster learners and it was a short shuttle to the school for the others. The property was clean and spacious. Beds were comfortable and wifi was great for the evenings. Staff was helpful and friendly.
We've been staying at Border's Lodge for years and there's a reason we keep going back. We always hit the grocery store as soon as we get to town so we can stock our condo up with groceries. They have a grill outside by the ski lift so you can grill up some grub while the kids are firing snowballs at each other...good family fun! Every unit will be different as EACH is owned by an individual owner. Management seems to pay close attention though to ensure that each unit meets certain standards as we have always been impressed with all of the kitchen supplies etc.
Convenient location! It's a 5-7 minute (slightly uphill) walk to the village or you can take the free shuttle bus that runs every 10-15 minutes and will take you wherever you want to go. If you're going skiing, be adventurous...don't just ski the beaver creek side, take a look at a map and ski your way over the bachelor gulch and arrowhead. It's all connected and it won't cost you any extra money. Fun adventure! (unless it's 60 degrees and slushy...then, it's like a workout class for your legs!)
Border's will always be our go-to for our Beaver Creek vacations. Cheers!
Stayed for a few days over spring break. Mountain wasn't crowded. Stayed in a nicely appointed 2BR Condo in the lower borders section. 10 min walk to village or pick up the shuttle that runs every 15 minutes. Good ski lockers right by back door and short ski to Elkhorn Lift. Underground heated parking. Front desk staff pleasant. Kids enjoyed the heated outdoor pool and hot tub. Free coffee and tea and lobby every morning. Free wi-fi throughout.
We stayed at a condo at the Lower Borders for a week last month and the unit was a disappointment. According to management, it is one of several units at this Lodge that has not been renovated. The furniture was old, mismatched and unstable. The decor (Formica, linoleum) was not what you would expect for a mountain retreat. The kitchen nonstick pots and pans were scratched and unusable. If you are planning on staying here you should make sure to insist on a renovated unit. Management shouldn't allow this unit to be rented until it is updated.
The staff was friendly and helpful. It is a 10 minute walk to the shops and base village. Buses run back and forth from the bar village every 15 minutes. It is ski on/ski off location with easy access to a chair lift behind the building with storage lockers for your skis and boots on the premises. Only 1 small hot tub which was usually pretty crowded.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this Lodge based on my experience.
We stayed here as part of a group ski trip so we had multiple rooms. It's slightly dated but clean and adequate. The kitchen has everything you need. We only cooked breakfasts in and ate out for other meals. The living room is comfortable and the bedrooms are decent. Bathrooms are clean but not very modern. The ski in/out lift was not running so that was annoying. Probably because not enough snow. But transportation to the covered bridge area where you can access Centennial was easy enough. And also from there you can catch the $7 shuttle to Vail. Or the restaurant shuttle into Avon. The staff were very accommodating and nice. Ski storage was easy and fit 4 sets of skis and boots. Hot tub felt great after sore legs from the slopes but wasn't super hot - could be higher temperature. The room was quiet or maybe I was just knocked out from skiing all day!