Biggest Party

Vail, Colorado

Nov 7, 2011
Outside Magazine
Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek    Photo: Jack Affleck

Last season, Vail got 56 inches of snow between January 17 and 23. With anything close to that, the inaugural Winter Teva Mountain Games (February 9–12) should be a powder paradise. An offshoot of the summer Mountain Games, the winter edition will include events like ice climbing and telemark skiing, and the requi­site concerts and parties. Stay near the ­action at the Lodge at Vail (doubles from $469; or the Tivoli (doubles from $422; Smart Idea: On powder days, head to Beaver Creek. It has a reputation for easy groomers, which is why the Grouse Mountain area, 1,838 vertical feet of steeps, often stays untracked.