Elevation 8,100 feet
Bachelor Gulch, the central ski village of the popular village-to-village skiing at Beaver Creek Resort, is among the most pristine alpine neighborhoods in the Vail Valley. Beginning in 1995, Bachelor Gulch Village has been developed to link Beaver Creek Mountain to the east and Arrowhead Mountain to the west, offering some of the best ski-in/ski-out real estate in the valley.
This European style village-to-village skiing is a true ski-in/ski-out residential enclave. The Bachelor Gulch Express chairlift takes skiers and snowboarders to 1,700-acres of ski trails. Located in the small village center, it is easily accessed on skis from most homes. Bachelor Gulch offers 85 percent of its resident’s ski-in/ski-out access, a rare anomaly.
Bachelor Gulch Village is aptly named after a group of single men who settled the area in the 1900s. This group of adventurous bachelors made a living off the land pursuing numerous endeavors including logging, farming and raising cattle and chickens. By the 1920s, Bachelor Gulch was awash in fields of lettuce, a crop that proved to grow exceptionally well in the high-altitude. Eventually, the Great Depression caused the residents of Bachelor Gulch to leave the area, and the beautiful mountainside would remain quietly tucked away for nearly 50 years.
Carefully planned by the Vail Resorts Development Company to complement the natural mountain environment, the architecture of Bachelor Gulch Village is inspired by the grand lodges of many of America’s National Parks. With ideal ski-in/ski-out accommodations, Bachelor Gulch Village also features uniquely designed and unobtrusive skier bridges that weave throughout the community of 1,400-acres and 600 residences.
The luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is a wonderful addition to the mountain landscape. The hotel property features 180 spacious guest rooms, 7 first-class meeting rooms, a 7,200-square-foot ballroom, a children’s center (the Ritz Kids room), three restaurants, and an exclusive spa. Guests at the resort have access to tee times at the Vail Valley’s newest golf development, Red Sky Ranch (the beautiful new development features two world-class courses, one designed by Tom Fazio and the other by Greg Norman). The resort even has a Loan-a-Lab program where guests can take the resort Labrador retriever for walks on the mountain.
During the winter ski season, Zach’s Cabin located slope-side in Bachelor Gulch, is a perfect resting point for Bachelor Gulch Club members (an exclusive ski club for the community of Bachelor Gulch.) Named for Zach Allen, a Colorado Sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty in 1876, Zach’s is an elegant ski-in/ski-out private dining facility. Not your typical on-mountain burger and fries joint, Zach’s menu offers contemporary cuisine featuring many signature Colorado specialties.