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Ski Season: Beaver Creek and Vail

Ski Season: Beaver Creek and Vail

An expanded version of this post was published on January 29, 2014.

For fortunate folks planning a ski trip this season, there’s nothing better than the American West. Between the crisp dry air, the stunning vistas, and the charming towns sprinkled throughout the region, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better part of the world for spending your well-earned winter vacation.

In an earlier post, we featured Sun Valley, a picturesque Idaho resort town that’s home to The Picket Fence, a can’t-miss interiors store whose in-house interior designer/buyer and Marketing Director gave us a virtual tour of their hometown.

Now we turn to the Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado area, as seen through the eyes of Amy Joersz, manager of bed and bath shop The Linen Kist. A resident of the area for the last 22 years (she’s worked at The Linen Kist for 10 of them), Amy is well-positioned to fill us in on the best the shop—and the town—has to offer.

Let's talk about Beaver Creek and Vail… Of all of the ski areas out West, what, in your opinion, makes this area stand out?
AJ: Vail and Beaver creek are very family-friendly resorts and have world-renowned shopping.

Blue Sky Basin in Vail (via Flickr).

Favorite ski mountain or trail? 
AJ: Blue Sky Basin is my favorite area in Vail for the open terrain.

Best way to keep busy when you take a break from skiing, and what do you like about it? 
AJ: Snowshoeing up Arrowhead Mountain for a great workout.

Matsuhisha and Bōl restaurants in Vail.

Best way to entertain the kids?
AJ: Cinébistro movie theatre [where you can simultaneously eat and watch a movie!] and Bōl  [a restaurant/bar/bowling alley] in Vail.

Best restaurant?
AJ: Juniper Restaurant in Edwards. I love the Wasabi Crusted Tuna.

Buzzy spot that everyone is talking about?
AJ: Matsuhisa restaurant in Vail. It’s owned by the legendary Nobu Matsuhisa.

Hidden local haunt?
AJ: Mirabelle restaurant at the base of Beaver Creek for wonderful Belgian cuisine.

For folk who live in or visit Beaver Creek, The Linen Kist is…
Amy Joersz: One stop shopping for all your bed and bath needs!