The Charter at Beaver Creek
What We Love
- Close to the Beaver Creek Golf Course, and hiking and biking trails are nearby; Condos and Lodge Rooms are a few hundred feet from the lift, and ski valets save you from schlepping your gear
- Free underground parking and WiFi
- Wood-burning fireplaces in condos
- The Charter is steps from the village’s lively restaurant, bar and shopping scene
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What To Know
- There is a 24-hour front desk, bell staff and concierge
- Private ownership means some condos feature more stylish decor than others
- Outdoor pool is seasonal
- The property’s layout is tricky, and getting from your room to the lobby or pool area might have you yearning for a map
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Vail’s little sister resort is all grown up. Located 10 miles west of its sibling, Beaver Creek has blossomed into an elegant, sophisticated and extremely exclusive star, set amid naturally magnificent surroundings. Central to all the action, The Charter at Beaver Creek offers hotel-style lodge rooms and one- and two-bedroom condos at the base of the pedestrian-only Beaver Creek Village. The surrounding mountain views are stunning in any season, but the ski-in, ski-out access makes the sprawling Bavarian-style Charter especially choice when the snow starts to fly.
Bed & Bath
Because the condos are privately owned, decor is up to the owners (though all units are cleaned and managed by the resort). Design can range from a slightly dated Native-American-meets-lodge look to more sleek modernist styles. All is forgiven though once you’re curled up by the in-unit wood-burning fireplaces. Book one of the Lodge Rooms if you want to be sure of uniform design. They’re 370 square feet, so you’ll sacrifice some space compared to the condos, and there are no fireplaces, but these rooms are plenty comfy, with one King or two Queen beds and a spacious if standard bathroom stocked with fluffy robes and Aveda products.
The centerpiece of the Charter is its amazing 18,000-square-foot spa and health club with an indoor lap pool, sauna, steam room and free weights. Outside, a collection of hot tubs offer striking mountain views in daylight and romantic starry ones at night. The hotel’s renovated Black Diamond Bistro serves up steakhouse fare and haute pub bites like fish and chips or braised brisket paninis.
In the Area
Every December the world descends upon Beaver Creek for the Birds of Prey World Cup, featuring one of the fastest downhill courses on the tour. The resort’s Birds of Prey run has signs marking the race course, so strap on your sticks and test your skill on its steeps — no Spandex speed suit required. Stomping through McCoy Park and its network of groomed trails is a wonderful way to explore the Rocky Mountains in the winter. Rent snowshoes at the Beaver Creek Nordic Center and hop on the Strawberry Park Express Lift (Chair 12), which takes you straight to the trails. Zach’s Cabin, near the top of the Bachelor Gulch lift, is open only in winter and is accessible via a “sleigh” pulled up the mountain by snowcat. The open-air ride is worth the chills for Tim McCaw’s culinary creations and the views of the moonlit mountains and starry skies.
How to Get There
We were lucky enough to get room 4250 during our stay at The Charter at Beaver Creek. The unite was in great condition and perfectly located. The kitchen was stocked with all the utensils and cooking necessities. We were close to the entrance, the garage, and the spa area. There are convenient shuttles that take you anywhere you need to go. I took ski lessons at Beaver Creek which enabled me to enjoy skiing in a spectacular setting. The local restaurants had delicious food.
We started our evening at the bar with a delightful time with bartender (Bradley) providing a nice mix of Beaver Creek commentary and beverages served to our satisfaction. Bradley convinced to dine at the Terrace recommending the pork chops.The dining room was short on staff, however, our service did not suffer in the least. A person from their finance team served us with support and help from the team. She did well. When the wine we ordered came "skunked" it was immediately replaced with an exceptional Caymus. All professionally done. While we had to wait to 4PM to check in the front desk staff handled it well. In fact, the checkin challenge became a basis for a friendship with one of the front desk staff (DuWayne) with whom we nicely bantered throughout our stay. All in all, it is the staff that make The Charter a good place to stay. This includes the Spa/pool and bell stand teams. It is clear that the Charter is managed well.
Stayed here twice this winter. First time was in a great 2 bedroom condo facing the slopes. Comfortable beds. Full kitchen. Wood burning fireplace with lots of wood provided. Very nice unit. The Charter pool set up is nice with 3 hot tubs and an indoor pool. The poolside limited bar is nice. Love the free underground parking. Easy walk to the base, but great regular shuttle. Jay is great. Can ski in and out. Good internet.
Second time was in a hotel room which was also very nice!! Missed the fireplace.
The robes are nice.
Price is reasonable for the area!
3 years in a row skiing at Beaver Creek and staying at The Charter. The room, restaurant and staff are superb! Special thanks this year to Robert at the front desk, who made our family feel like special guests by his superb caring and service. Looking forward to next year!
We were part of a group trip and unfortunately must have drawn the short straw on assigned rooms...my husband and I got a small, dated, double bed room with a matted gross bathroom rug, broken hair dryer, busted coffee machine, broken door to the small balcony, and hodge-podge furniture from the 80s/90s. Housekeeping was meh - food crumbs left on the bed, ignored the dirty bathroom rug until I handed it to housekeeping to take away, etc.. Little room for luggage/ski gear.
Front desk and valet/bell stand folks were nice and helpful; concierge was meh. Location is good and on the complimentary village shuttle route, but not good enough to make up for a crappy room if that's what you get. Also, the hotel layout is odd/meandering, with confusing elevators with doors that wouldn't always open, and the ski-in/out area is poorly marked (after you've schlepped your skis around said meandering hallways!). Onsite ski storage is just a self-serve metal open air mesh structure in front of the hotel that buses back into accidentally---ours did!---so be warned! The breakfast buffet was average, and overall the Charter is not at all what I'd deem a luxury property. The disparity between rooms (we peeked into some of the suites getting cleaned between guests and they were indeed lovely--with fireplaces, full kitchens & dining rooms!) is astounding, so if you can be assured of a specific room, then go, but don't take your chances unless you can confirm exactly what room you are getting!