By Kim Fuller Published in Snowshoe Magazine
Beaver Creek’s aspen glades are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen, and trekking through them in the snow is peacefully serene, making for a really magical winter experience.
The resort’s new Gourmet Snowshoe Adventures take guests into these tight and tall forests, after a short walk from the Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center to the east side of the mountain base, then up the Buckaroo Gondola Lift to higher ground.
Each experience includes equipment, a guided snowshoe tour, Buckaroo on-foot (not skis) lift access, and a gourmet finale at The Osprey at Beaver Creek.
“Gourmet Snowshoe Adventures are the perfect activity for all skill levels,” shares Nate Goldberg of the Beaver Creek Nordic Center. “Experts and first-timers alike will experience the serenity of Beaver Creek’s aspen forests, a quiet retreat accessible only by snowshoe.”
What makes the trips gourmet? After each 90-minute snowshoe, the group heads into the warmth of The Osprey to get cozy by the fire with food and libations. Each day that the adventures are offered (three days a week) has a different theme.
“Snowshoers trade their boots for warm slippers at the foyer of The Osprey Hotel,” says Goldberg. “A cozy fireplace and intimate dining setting creates the perfect place for family and friends to warm up, enjoy après gourmet decadence, and recap their adventures together.”
The Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center is always available for private snowshoe sessions, too, if guests are looking for a personal or group adventure at a time they prefer.
It is pretty special to end a wintry walk with an après bite by the fire. Diners can also sit near the windows, which look right out to the base of the Strawberry Park Express Lift (Chair #12). Watch skiers as they carve down the mountain and load up for another run.
Snowshoeing, to me, has a lot of the same outdoor-inspired fulfillment that skiing has, and it’s a slower activity — one where you get to enjoy a scenic trail, and enjoy all the feel-good benefits of exercising in nature.
“After working up an appetite, an artfully crafted après menu awaits,” Goldberg adds. “Who says you have to be a skier to take in the view from the top and enjoy the snow?”
Women’s Wednesday Walk + Wine
Wednesdays from 12:30 – 3 p.m.
Wine and cheese awaits for lady snowshoers on this adventure. The group meets at the Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center at 12:15 p.m., and after about an hour and a half of snowshoeing, slide on slippers at The Osprey Fireside Grill to enjoy a flight of three select wines, alongside cheese spreads with tapenade and flavored oils, and a section of cured meats and artisan breads.
Winter Wine Excursions
Thursdays from 3 – 5:30 p.m.
This experience includes a tasting, led by The Osprey executive chef, Conor Shedor. After their 3 p.m., 90-minute snowshoe in the trees of Beaver Creek, guests can settle in by the fire and have a flight of five select wines to be paired with cheese, cured meats, breads and accouterments. For this experience, guests meet at the Nordic Sports Center at 2:45 p.m.
Fondue + Shoe
Fridays from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Fridays are for fondue. The experience can be a hard one to find in the States, and chef Shedor adds his own contemporary flare to the dips. Three varieties will be served: three-cheese blend of aged Gruyere, raclette and Fontina; roasted artichoke; and medium sharp cheddar. The fondues come with breads and vegetables. Choose from a craft beer or wine pairing. In the tradition of an authentic European fondue experience, guests will share communal tables. Children ages six and older are welcome. Meet at 3:15 p.m. at the Nordic Sports Center for this activity.
Operation for the Gourmet Snowshoe Adventures ends on April 1, 2016. Contact Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center at 970-754-5313 to reserve a spot on one of the Gourmet Snowshoe Adventures. Price is $140 per guest includes equipment, guided tour, Buckaroo Gondola lift access and an apres experience at The Osprey.