Picture yourself in the paradise of Colorado’s majestic Rocky Mountains. Drive west from Denver about two hours. Just past Vail is Bachelor Gulch, one of North America’s most prestigious ski resorts. Perched on Beaver Creek Mountain above the Eagle River Valley, Bachelor Gulch is surrounded by panoramic vistas of the snow-capped Gore Range and the Red and White Mountains. Endless blue skies soar above this picturesque alpine village.
Once the coveted hunting grounds for native Ute Indians, the secluded mountain valley was settled early in the 20th century by a group of five bachelors with a reputation for eccentricity. The men logged the nearby forests, raised cattle and grew lettuce, but by the time of the Great Depression, the group slowly drifted away, leaving behind only their name to the place – Bachelor Gulch. Today, Bachelor Gulch in the Eagle River Valley is home to the best in world class skiing with a luxury lifestyle as spectacular as its stunning Rocky Mountain setting.
Rugged yet refined, the residences at Bachelor Gulch are expressly designed to blend in harmony with the extraordinary natural surroundings. Strong architectural designs are inspired by the grand lodges of Glacier, Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. The unique mountain architecture is a remarkable creation of massive timbers and hand-hewn logs accented by local rock and stone. The design spirit of the American West with influences of Adirondack and Arts and Crafts style is an integral element in the sophisticated mix of single family residences and condominium lodges.
As the Eagle River Valley’s only residential ski community completely located on Beaver Creek Mountain, Bachelor Gulch boasts 1600 acres of ski-in, ski-out access between the valley’s villages and residences for the best in European resort skiing. Beaver Creek was originally selected as a site for the 1976 Winter Olympics. In their 16th annual ski poll for 2011, readers of Conde Nast’s Traveler magazine voted Beaver Creek number one best ski resort. Great terrain, speedy lifts, and the area’s lively après ski scene provide world class wow for powder hounds along with a variety of groomed terrains from beginners green slopes to steep double blacks.
From sublime to extreme, winter sports rule in Bachelor Gulch. With its network of trails, skiers enjoy unfettered access between slopes and villages. Snow shoeing makes a great diversion from downhill skiing while thrill seekers take advantage of back bowls and black diamond runs for off the charts snowboarding. For a taste of the wild try dog sledding. Go romantic with moonlit sleigh rides. Adding to its reputation for an unparalleled ski experience, Bachelor Gulch enjoys 300 days a year of sunshine to offer a year round buffet of outdoor pursuits in every season. As summer’s pastoral beauty winds down, the golden blaze of changing aspens serves to enhance outdoor experiences throughout fall until ski season begins anew.
Family friendly activities provide a wonderful atmosphere for children in Bachelor Gulch. There’s plenty of winter fun like snow tubing and ice skating. Expert ski instruction is available to introduce the little ones (and grownups, too!) to the beginners slopes of Beaver Creek. For avid golfers the area presents several courses designed by some of golf’s legendary players such as Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, and Robert Trent Jones. The game is surrounded by astounding vistas of rugged mountains and breathtaking Rocky Mountain splendor.
The alpine terrain of Bachelor Gulch provides awesome trails for the thrills of mountain biking. Cycling between villages is a favored mode of summer transportation. Hiking and trail running throughout Bachelor Gulch is an exceptional pleasure on trails lined with wildflowers and sightings of native wildlife. Delight in rafting and kayaking on sparkling streams or horseback riding through high mountain meadows. Rip down a zip line or fly lazily above gorgeous scenery in a hot air balloon. Chair lift rides give a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous Eagle River Valley.
Kick back with the contemplative outdoor sport that is fly fishing. The shimmering, cold water streams of Colorado’s high country are the world’s best for fly fishing. Located on the Eagle River with several smaller tributary creeks, Bachelor Gulch is a fly fisherman’s dream. The sparkling waters of Rocky Mountain streams beckon anglers both beginning and experienced. A rich palette of arts and entertainment events plays throughout the year in Bachelor Gulch. World famous film and music festivals combine with fabulous foodie competitions, art galleries and theater performances for superlative cultural events. All presented in the splendid environment of the Rocky Mountains.
Shopping is its own sport in Bachelor Gulch. Meander along quaint cobble-stoned village streets to browse rich retail offerings from furs to fine jewelry, art and antiques, haute couture to high style ski wear, and sporting goods outfitters. Celebrate your style in the eclectic assortment. Whatever cuisine you crave, your taste buds will be satisfied with an outstanding selection of restaurants from trendy gourmet to cozy bistro. After a memorable meal, explore the valley’s vibrant nightlife of live music and theater performances.
Be treated like royalty with the refined, award winning service at the Ritz Carlton Resort at Bachelor Gulch, a five diamond destination and crown jewel of Beaver Creek. Savor first class fine dining with impeccable attention to detail. Unwind and rejuvenate with sumptuous pampering at the spa after an exciting day on the slopes. Arrive by private jet or fly in by direct flight to Eagle Summit County Airport. Non-stop commercial air service is available from most major cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, LA, Miami, and New York. There’s also an Amtrak station in Vail for adventurers arriving on the California Zephyr.
Ski and conquer Colorado’s famous champagne powder snow on the slopes of Beaver Creek Mountain. Or slow down and simply savor the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains. The ultimate Colorado Rocky Mountain hideaway with world class amenities and unparalleled service awaits you. Bachelor Gulch is your ultimate destination for a lifetime! Come live the luxury lifestyle you deserve!
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