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Beaver Creek, Colorado

Courtesy of Beaver Creek Resort

Beaver Creek, CO

Just a 10-minute drive from its better-known neighbor, Vail, the ersatz Alpine village of Beaver Creek offers the same gorgeous surrounds—specifically, the majestic, almost-always-snowcapped Colorado Rockies—but in a much lower-key, more intimate setting.

Get some mountain air: After a day of plowing powder at the Beaver Creek Ski Resort, splurge on an atmospheric dinner at Beano’s Cabin—a hillside lodge with where you can dine on elk, roast pork and duck next to a roaring fire. Half the magic of the place is getting there; the restaurant is only accessible by a moonlit sleigh-ride through the snow. Then turn in slopeside at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch.

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