If you’re looking for great skiing, you could simply go to Vail. However, if you’re looking for something truly special, set your sights a bit farther west. There, you’ll find a private mountain drive just beyond Avon—follow it over the river, through the woods and up to the base of Beaver Creek Mountain. Home to a magnificent ski mountain, and nearly every outdoor activity you can imagine, Beaver Creek appeals to those who seek a healthy dose of adventure and a little R&R on the side. It’s a place where you can go at your own pace, whether that means double black diamond, or dinner with a breathtaking view.

Originally envisioned to host the 1976 Olympic Winter Games, Beaver Creek was always intended to be a location to indulge in world-class skiing. Even though Denver backed out from its Olympic agreement, the construction of Beaver Creek Resort moved forward. Opening in 1980, Beaver Creek Resort is the last major ski area constructed in the West, boasting 1,815 acres of top-notch skiing, snowboarding and mountain activities, and attracting adventurers from around the world.

When you step into your skis (or snowboard) at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, you’ll also discover its best kept secret. The ski-in/ski-out accommodations of Beaver Creek Village connects you with neighboring Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead Village, allowing you access to three alpine villages from one location.

With acres upon acres of fresh powder to carve, you might find it difficult to even consider removing your skis, but a wander through town may change your mind. If you’re in search of some adventure on foot, set your sights on Beaver Lake Trail. This challenging hike will take you on a steady ascent along a bubbling stream and through lush mountain scenery, providing a stunning reward at the top: a picture-perfect view of glassy Beaver Lake.

It’s important to balance out your thirst for adventure with a little leisure. In the spirit of relaxation, plan a round of golf at the Beaver Creek Golf Club, one of Vail Valley’s oldest courses. Just be aware that you may need to adjust your handicap—the narrow and challenging fairway and the stunning mountain vistas will certainly compete for your attention.

A ski town such as Beaver Creek boasts an abundance of après-ski offerings. Head into Beaver Creek Village to enjoy an evening by the firepit watching ice skaters circle the rink. Or, take in the view and the exclusive après menu at the patio bar at Revolution, tucked inside Beaver Creek Lodge. Later, head over to the Beaver Creek Chophouse for drinks, live music and stunning views of the slopes. Most important—relax. You deserve it after so much adventuring.