The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, a ski-in, ski-out resort located in a private enclave of Beaver Creek Resort, grants access to over 2,000 acres of slopes, along with a range of experiences, including daily guided snowshoe hikes, a ski concierge and valet, lively après ski entertainment for all ages, spa treatments and dining. Following a series of upgrades last year, the destination offers regionally inspired design throughout the guestrooms and suites, plus refreshed outdoor spaces.
What's new for this year? From December 17, 2023 to January 1, 2024, guests can enjoy “16 Days of Wonder” at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. The resort has lined up a roster of family-friendly activities, holiday dining experiences and more.
The fun begins with handmade gift-making at the resort’s holiday crafting workshops. The rotating activities include snow globe- and ornament-making as well as cookie decorating. The resort will also host two meet-and-greets with reindeer, where guests can learn fun facts and make new furry companions. In addition, guests can listen to storytelling with Santa. There will also be a letter writing workshop for children to send their last-minute wish lists to Santa before he takes off.
Pretty cool: The resort’s pastry chef is working with 200 pounds of chocolate and gingerbread elements to create a map of sculptures for guests to uncover throughout their stay. History buffs will enjoy a special screening of “Mission Mt. Mangart,” a documentary by Chris Anthony, on December 27 at 7:30 p.m. The film shares the lesser-known story of the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army—a militia of skiers, trained in Colorado, to support combat in mountainous regions during World War II.
Finally, on New Year’s Day guests can ring in 2024 with a "Yoga & Mimosa" class to help achieve goals for the year ahead. The session will focus on flexibility, strength, balance and intention-setting. Participants can celebrate the fresh start with a toast at the mimosa bar.
The “16 Days of Wonder” experience extends to the resort’s Michelin Guide Recommended restaurant, WYLD, serving prix fixe menus created by Executive Chef Jasper Schneider.
- Christmas Eve Dinner (December 24, 2023; 4:30–10 p.m.)
- Christmas Day Dinner (December 25, 2023; 4:30–10 p.m.)
- New Year’s Eve Dinner (December 31, 2023; 5–10 p.m.)
- New Year’s Eve Sake Barrel Breaking Ceremony (December 31, 2023)
Guests can also avail of Ski Concierge and Ski Valet services this winter. The renowned Ritz Kids and Ski Nanny programs return this year, catering for children aged five to 12 with creative workshops and adventure activities. The Ski Nanny assists with gearing up and dropping off children for Beaver Creek Group Ski School, allowing parents to maximize slope time. The resort is additionally offering seven snowshoe routes or daily guided mountain hikes this winter. Favorites snowshoe routes include the sunset snowshoe to admire mountain silhouettes or the four-mile village-to-village trek from Bachelor Gulch to Beaver Creek Village. Afterward, hikers can cozy up with cocktails and mocktails in the Great Room.
Refuel after mountain adventures at the resort’s dining outlets: WYLD, the sushi lounge Sakaba or gastropub Buffalos. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch also touts one of the best après ski experiences in the valley. The resort’s enhanced al fresco Fireside Bar has a roaring fire pit, live music, a DJ on weekends and a lively après ski setting. Throughout the season, travelers can look forward to a roster of new culinary pop-up events designed for children and adults alike.
This winter, The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers a 50-minute Peppermint Reviver, a seasonal foot massage. The treatment concentrates on the reflex zones of the feet and alleviates aches while relaxing the body and mind.