Ski & Tee: April is the month to ski and golf in the same day in Eagle County
We went from skiing at Beaver Creek to golfing at Gypsum Creek in one day
Beaver Creek is set to close on April 11, with Vail Mountain’s Closing Day planned for April 18. With skiing and snowboarding winding down for the season, golf courses are starting to open up across the valley, including Gypsum Creek Golf Course.
This time of year makes for unique opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts in the valley. In addition to skiing and golfing, fly-fishing is a year-round activity, mountain biking will be gaining some traction as trails open up (after animal migrations and mud season), and disc golfers are already ringing some chains. Kayaking, rock climbing and other outdoor sports are popular in Eagle County heading into summer.
On Thursday, the first day of April, I linked up for a Ski & Tee day with George Streeter, of Slifer, Smith & Frampton. Streeter, a native of the valley, and I met up earlier in the winter for a story about his 20-month-old son learning to ski at Beaver Creek.
“I’m looking forward to all of the summertime activities,” Streeter said. “Today is kind of unique to this valley, the Ski & Tee, being able to ski and golf in the same day. But mountain biking, getting all of the water toys out — that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
With warmer conditions in Vail and Beaver Creek — and even warmer weather downvalley where golf courses are already open — spring conditions exist on the mountain. Although, Tuesday was a nice little surprise powder day for skiers and snowboarders.
“It’s a lot warmer for the kids, so you don’t have to bundle them up as much,” Streeter said of skiing this time of year with his family. “It’s just much more enjoyable. Maybe throw some ice cream in there and have a good time.”
After a morning skiing and snowboarding at Beaver Creek on Thursday, we headed to Gypsum Creek Golf Course for the afternoon. The Gypsum Creek Golf Course is a Pete Dye designed 18 hole championship course for golfers of all calibers. Hole 17 features a fun drop-down Par 3.
“It’s a straight drop down — 184-foot drop,” said Blake Scott, director of golf. “From the brown tees it says 161. I play a 135 club on this hole.”
For more information about the Gypsum Creek Golf Course, visit gypsumcreekgolf.com.