Bargains & Local Tips

Bargains come and go, but here are some of our favorites:


  • Immediately downstairs (entrance is near the fire place), you’ll find Food by Marc, a fabulous little restaurant with excellent small plates, cocktails and fine wines.  Just ask, Marc will happily deliver food within the building.
  • Avon Bakery & Deli, 2-for-1 on all bread and pastries from 6pm to 7pm everyday and all day Tuesday (try the sourdough and the olive breads).
  • Gondola Pizza, Avon, $9 all-you-can-eat lunch buffet every day (pizza, soup, salad and desert).
  • The Tap Room, Vail, $7 gourmet burgers on Tuesdays.
  • The “Manager’s Special” rack at City Market
  • $15 dinner at Crazy Mountain Brewery in Edwards; a pitcher of any one of their craft beers and large one-topping pizza – deal of the century, considering the large pizza alone at Markos’ Pizzaria right across the street is more than $15.


  • Beaver Creek offers free hot chocolate at the top of Centennial lift at 9:30am and free chocolate chip cookies every afternoon at 3pm at the base lodge.  Stick around after your morning hot chocolate and take the free mountain tour at 10am!
  • Vail offers free use of a gas BBQ grill at the top of Blue Sky Basin at Belle’s Camp. Some people cook way more than hot dogs and hamburgers, I’ve seen full-on gourmet meals (lobster tails, marinated shrimp, prime steaks) blazing away.
  • Enter the weekly “resort series” better known as the Locals’ World Cup and participate in GS and Slalom races for $15, then during the $5 after-party you get free beer (please remember to tip the bartender) and heavy appetizers along with the chance to win a drawing for fabulous prizes each week.
  • One other fun thing that’s new is the Epic Photo program. Look for the green-jacketed photographers at numerous places around the mountain; they’ll take your picture, then scan your EpicMix pass, and that afternoon when you get home you’ll have an email with links to your photos which you can share on Facebook, Twitter or via email. And it’s all free! Of course it’s $20 to download a high-res copy, but unlimited free medium-res photos are pretty sweet nonetheless.


  • Coyote Cafe, Beaver Creek, $105 buys you a mug for the season, and your first drink of the day, every day, is gratis.
  • Bar 8100 (the Park Hyatt at BC) has a Facebook page, they occasionally post queries about cocktails, anyone who replies gets a free drink, a great deal at a bar where drinks cost $10-$15!  Plus, awesome sliders.
  • Beaver Liquors (easy now…).  5% off for locals. They have a great, knowledgable staff.
  • The Vail Daily is a great source of ads for various bars and restaurants, and has an extensive classified ad section.
  • At Beaver Creek the Ritz offers happy hour entertainment and slope-side beers. You wouldn’t think the Ritz would have the best beer prices on the mountain … but they do!
  • Free wine tasting at the Beaver Creek Village Market every Friday, 4-6pm.

Skiing Tips:

  • (Almost) every Thursday night, Beaver Creek grooms Ripsaw (black diamond).
  • Every Friday night, Vail grooms Blue Ox (black diamond) and Beaver Creek grooms Golden Eagle (the double-black World Cup downhill course).
  • Most Tuesday nights The Beav grooms Assay, a completely hidden yet nice pitch at far skier’s right on the lower half of the mountain. On a powder day you can get fresh tracks there at lunchtime.
  • To get away from the crowds at The Beav, try two fantastic intermediate cruisers, Golden Bear and Cressa, in the Arrowhead section.
  • If there’s a powder dump on a Friday night, don’t go to Vail. You will spend your Saturday standing in liftlines (everyone between Colorado Springs and Boulder shows up).


  • Parking garages at The Beav are free for the first two hours.
  • Parking at St. James (BC) is free after 5pm.
  • In Bachelor Gulch, you can park at the Ritz free if you spend $70 at Spago or the Buffalo Bar (which isn’t difficult at all, unfortunately).
  • In Vail, park at Solaris for $20 instead of the Vail “official” parking for $25. You can also park free along the frontage road, but you’d better be in place by 7:30am (or you won’t find an available space), and you still have a bit of a bus ride to the slopes. Parking is free at Vail after 3pm.
  • Use the Eagle County Transit (ECO) bus to get to the Vail airport for $4 instead of taking a taxi or CME for $80+.