Mountain View from the Patio

Gluten Free Dining on the Mountain

At Beaver Creek, there are three cabins on the mountain: Allie’s, Beano’s and Zach’s. Allie’s Cabin is used for various breakfast packages. Beano’s and Zach’s both offer dinner each night. These dining experiences are simply magical as you’re pulled up to the restaurant in a sleigh behind a snowcat. And, there is actually a fourth cabin that you can dine at now called Anderson’s Cabin (lower down on the mountain), although I haven’t been there yet.

Beaver Creek Mountain, CO
Beaver Creek Mountain, CO

These restaurant are generally not open for lunch. However, if you’re a member to either Beaver Creek Club or Bachelor Gulch club (or a friend has a membership and brings you), you can also dine at all 3 cabins for lunch. For the most part they have the same chefs as their nighttime menu, so for today, we’re going to review all of these as LUNCH spots.

When you make your reservation at all three, they’ll ask about any food allergies and they’re recorded when you arrive. I always say that I have celiac disease and can’t have cross-contact with gluten. Each restaurant has been great about that and the waiter will check with the chef about which dishes they can make. When I order, I’m specific about cooking food separately (and off the grill), and I’ve never had any issues.

While not featured here today, I’ve also had great success eating both gluten AND dairy free meals at all of these establishments. Without further ado, here is my review of each cabin.

Allie’s Cabin

Allie's Cabin in Beaver Creek
Allie’s Cabin in Beaver Creek

You can reach Allie’s Cabin by skiing the bottom of the Cinch trail at Beaver Creek Mountain. This restaurant is without a doubt my sister’s favorite on the Beaver Creek side. Similar to the other cabins when you arrive you have the option to keep your ski and snowboard boots on, or change into slippers with labeled sizes.

Slippers Provided. Ski Boots Acceptable. Allie's Cabin. Beaver Creek, Colorado.The food here is absolutely scrumptious, and while not pictured, the tomato soup is highly recommended. In fact, some people come in just for the tomato soup. My mom had the warmed kale salad, which could also be modified to be gluten free. The secret to this salad is to briefly warm it (~45 seconds), so the kale doesn’t have time to wilt, yet it remains the perfect comfort food as you ski in from the slopes.

Warmed Kale Salad with butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, golden raisins, ricotta, and a maple vinaigrette.
Warmed Kale Salad with butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, golden raisins, ricotta, and a maple vinaigrette.

The salmon is my go-to meal here. This meal is modified to be both gluten and dairy free. And since I can’t have a sauce/dressing, it’s the cooking of the salmon that matters most on this dish. Just look at the crust on the salmon in the image below; they do a phenomenal job here.

Salmon, Rice, and Bok Choy
Salmon, Rice, and Bok Choy (GF & DF)

At the end of the meal Allie’s Cabin brings out warmed chocolate chip cookies, so during this time I request scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Simply Sweet Way to End the Meal
Simply Sweet Way to End the Meal

Beano’s Cabin

Beano’s Cabin is also located in Beaver Creek off of Larkspur Bowl. For those that don’t ski, there is an option to take a snowcat ride up here. (You’ll ride in the snowcat, which is different than the sleight they use for dinner.)

Beano's Cabin, Beaver Creek
Beano’s Cabin, Beaver Creek

At Beano’s I typically keep my order nice and simple. I’m filled from all the big dinners, and this isn’t my “home” restaurant. This year, I enjoyed a gluten free cobb salad.

Cobb Salad (Gluten Free)
Cobb Salad (Gluten Free)

The cobb salad was absolutely delicious, and exactly what I needed to keep myself fueled on the mountain for the rest of the day.

Zach’s Cabin

Zach’s Cabin is actually located in Bachelor Gulch. (You can ski across to here quite easily from the main part of Beaver Creek by going up Larkspur Chairlift or Strawberry Park Chairlift.) Similar to Beano’s, when there is enough snow, there is also an option to take a snowcat up to this cabin if you don’t ski/snowboard. You could also snowshoe up, which is a solid work out at over 10,000 feet of elevation.

Zach's Cabin, Beaver Creek
Zach’s Cabin, Beaver Creek

See that porch off to the right of the photograph. It has a beautiful view.

Mountain View from the Patio
Mountain View from the Patio

When the weather is nicer, and the porch isn’t covered in snow, you can sit out there as well. I’ve eaten at Zach’s the most frequently, in fact, the chef wrote in pencil all over a menu to help me determine what I can eat.

When I want a lighter meal that still feels like comfort food, I go with the Squash and Zucchini Noodles. The depth of flavors in the sauce brings the dish together; while the use of vegetables, keeps the meal lighter, so I can keep skiing and snowboarding all afternoon.

Squash and Zucchini Noodles with Olives

The salmon dish is another one of my favorites, especially because I can have the sauce on it! Yum! Plus, the accompanying spinach and tomatoes

Salmon, Tomatoes, and Spinach

Lastly, my mom had the fish tacos. I know this meal can be modified to be gluten free, although, I’ve never ordered the dish. Her’s look delicious!

Fish Taco's at Zach's Cabin
Fish Taco’s at Zach’s Cabin

That’s about it from here! While the Colorado mountains may have been lacking quite a bit of snow this winter, the ski resorts have done their best to keep snow conditions as top notch as possible.

I’ll dive into what these restaurants are like at dinner in a future post.

Happy Travels! 

14 thoughts on “Gluten Free Dining on the Mountain

  1. That is amazing that they ask about food allergies when you make the reservations. All of the food looks scrumptious…especially the squash and zucchini noodles.

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