Even if one is not a fan of les sports d’hiver, there are plenty of diversions right in Beaver Creek Village, and no shortage of ways to max out the credit cards. In addition to numerous shops for ski/snowboard equipment and winter fashions, there are plenty of Western-themed art galleries (paintings of cowboys, bears catching salmon, bronze sculptures of Native American children), shops featuring tourist gear (t-shirts, mouse pads, shot glasses, etc. all bearing the resort logo), and jewelry stores ranging from the generic to the expensive-but-tacky. Some retail spaces seem to turn over fairly frequently, but these are a few of the shops managing to stay afloat from year to year in this rarefied environment.
If you’re looking for a standout fur, be sure to stop in here. Not all of the pieces are as colorful as this jacket destined for the Valentine’s Day window display, but many feature beautiful and unique textures and patterns.
This charming British couple were very good sports to model some of the merchandise at the insistence of the convivial proprietress.
Another Valentine-themed display, this one from a shop (can’t remember the name) which featured handmade sweaters, jewelry and some stunning embroidered wool coats.
Fur boots are ubiquitous…
Karin’s carries home accessories. I always see something I want here. One year it was a French rooster plate. This year it was Cavalier King Charles Spaniel needlepoint pillow. No, I didn’t.
Cosmetics, and the largest selection of Vera Bradley bags I’ve ever seen in one place:
Fine wines and beers, but be sure to stock up on Saturday (store is closed on Sunday)…
And the Pismo Fine Art Glass Gallery, which features some incredible pieces, including work by Dale Chihuly, as well as some very reasonably priced jewelry.
So what did I buy, you ask?
Yes, I have joined the ranks of The Helmeted. Back when I first started skiing, the only people wearing helmets were the Very Serious Skiiers or The Xtreme Hotdoggers. Now, probably 50% of those one sees on the mountain are wearing helmets. Surprisingly, it’s quite comfortable, and in addition to protecting the skull, results in far less severe “hat head” than knit caps. ~
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