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Ski, Then OD On Free Fancy S'mores At Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

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December 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM | by | ()

Ski at Beaver Creek Mountain Resort in Colorado, and it's hard to deny there's any hotel better situated than the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. Other Beaver Creek ski lodges and hotels can promise "ski in ski out" access, but none have Park Hyatt's backyard right at the base of the mountain, not to mention a front yard right in Beaver Creek Village.

You might expect uber exclusiveness given the hotels pristine location, but we recently discovered something unexpectedly communal about Park Hyatt Beaver Creek; free gourmet s'mores.

It was about 4 pm and we were coming in from our last run as the slopes were closing for the day. The sun was already on the move to set and we couldn't help but to notice the glowing fire pits at the Park Hyatt, just steps away from the Buckaroo Gondola. Why not wander over? It was far too picturesque and inviting to pass up.

No ordinary fluff, these gourmet buttery beauties come in strawberry, orange, vanilla bean, and banana

A small crowd was gathering around one particular fire pit; that's where we found the s'mores. A whole buffet of 'em. There were giant bins filled with chocolate Hershey bars, graham crackers, ordinary marshmallows and--bam!--square-shaped gourmet marshmallows. The kind folks working outside invited us to help ourselves, sharing the fireside sweets were part of the Park Hyatt's complimentary S'mores Happy Hour, held daily from 4-5 p.m.

Score! We made a point of trying every gourmet marshmallow flavor; strawberry won by a landslide (tasting just like a strawberry milkshake), with banana a close second. In talking with other fireside revelers, we learned that the flavors change daily and that rootbeer, Grand Marnier and toffee were among the others. We noshed on the sticky, gooey marvels, thoroughly enjoying the warm fire, sunset and sweeping views up the mountain, all complimentary.

Afterward, we stopped inside for a drink and, once again, found ourselves feeling right at home in the lobby. A towering, real Christmas tree in front of the windows, a huge warm fire, guests of all ages lounging around and warming up, even a guitar player who was now sharing the mike with the wee ones for Christmas carols. We kid you not, it was like some kind of magical après-ski scene.

Rates at the hotel begin at $349 per night (plus a $25 daily resort fee) during the winter season.

[Photos: Nina Kokotas Hahn for HotelChatter]

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What more could you ask for from the Hyatt?

What more could you ask for from the Hyatt? Every one of their hotels offers something to entice guests; making them feel welcome and at home. Their rates are quite reasonable for all the perks that they offer. I'll definitely look into their ski lodge when I plan my next winter trip - I know from their other resort-style establishments that they provide instructors for all kinds of sports activities who are very qualified (and who aren't necessarily hotel staff, but reputable coaches in their own right).