Beaver Creek Ski Resort visitors will find 1,815 skiable acres, 3,340 feet of vertical and a summit elevation of 11,440 feet. The base elevation is 8,100 feet. Skiers and riders have access to 149 different trails serviced by 26 lifts. Average snowfall is 310 inches.
Beaver Creek is home to four village areas, each offering a unique experience, world-class restaurants, luxury lodging, endless shopping, exciting events and family-friendly atmosphere. Guests will find convenient on-site access to ski and snowboard schools, a Nordic center, equipment rentals, ice rink and more. Beaver Creek resort is a premier Colorado destination during the summer season as well, offering high altitude golf, mountain biking, hiking and the Summer Adventure Center.
Beaver Creek’s signature ski-in/ski-out properties offer a mix of luxury hotels, condos and vacation homes. A fan favorite, Beaver Creek’s fresh baked cookies scent the air every afternoon, tempting tired skiers and riders toward the resort’s base area and Beaver Creek’s welcoming village.
Beaver Creek Resort is a luxury ski destination located just west of Vail, near the town of Avon, Colorado, off of Interstate 70. This convenient Colorado ski area is within a two-hour drive of Colorado’s biggest travel hub, Denver International Airport.
Denver International Airport and Eagle County Airport
Eagle County Airport is 30 miles from Beaver Creek. American, United, Delta and Continental all fly into Eagle. Wintertime direct flights are available from major cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.
Denver International Airport is 120 miles from Beaver Creek. You can book nonstop or direct flights from most major U.S. airlines to fly into Denver including United, Frontier, Southwest, Delta, American, Continental and Jet Blue.
Several companies offer shuttle services in shared vans, or limousines and private cars. The major rental car companies have airport booths, but the car lots are several miles away. It's best to book in advance and ask for an SUV or a winterized car. If there's a snowstorm, you'll want snow tires on the car.
Colorado Mountain Express offers both shared rides in vans and private car service to and from both Eagle County Airport and Denver International Airport. Check the "Specials & Packages" section under "Rates" online for deals. 800-525-6363; http://www.coloradomountainexpress.com/beaver-creek.aspx
VailCoach offers limousine and private car service to and from Eagle County Airport and Denver International Airport. 877-554-7433; http://www.vailcoach.com/
The heart of Beaver Creek is a pedestrian village and outdoor escalators move guests between the different levels. If you're staying up in Beaver Creek Village or in Bachelor Gulch, parking is expensive and you don't need a car unless you're planning to explore the region and head to Vail or Edwards for dinner. Beaver Creek's buses shuttle skiers between the covered bridge at the base of the lifts, and the free parking lots at the base of the resort, and between the resort's villages (Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch, Arrowhead). ECO Transit runs buses from the Elk and Bear Lots at the base of Beaver Creek to Vail with stops along the way.
Beaver Creek Resort offers terrain for all ability levels. Arrowhead Village and Bachelor Gulch have great beginner and intermediate terrain. Centennial is a perfect cruiser, steep enough for advanced skiers to let it out at speed, but wide enough for intermediates to make lots of turns. There are 19 beginner, 43 intermediate and 38 advanced runs. The longest run is 2.75 miles, and there are three terrain parks.
The trees between most runs at Beaver Creek are tight, so make sure your skills are advanced enough before steering off a run. Midseason when the snow is good, intermediates can try Coyote Glade.
If chutes are your game, the Upper and Lower Stone Creek Chutes are steep and narrow, and the snow is often deep. Cliff bands mixed with glades give skiers shots from 400 to 600 vertical feet, with pitches up to 45 degrees.
Latigo and Gold Dust on Beaver Creek Mountain are long, easy intermediate trails, wide enough to make big turns. The entrances to Red Tail and Upper Harrier aren't obvious, so many skiers pass by, leaving these intermediate trails less tracked. The biggest spread of beginner and easy intermediate trails surround the Bachelor Gulch Express and Arrow Bahn Express lifts that are a cat-track away from the main mountain. If you're lodging in Bachelor Gulch or Arrowhead Village, just look uphill. Some beginner trails here curve through wooded areas, so skiers and riders get a sense of what it's like to ski through the trees.
Beaver Creek is one of the rare mountains where novices and intermediates alike head straight to the mountaintop for 360-degree views while skiing on a network of green and blue trails. Halfway down some of the green runs off the Cinch Express lift, skiers exiting off lifts from more advanced trails spill onto the runs. From the top, go skier's right to Red Buffalo, Booth Gardens and the other trails for a more isolated beginner's playground.
Beaver Creek is also very kid-friendly with kids’ adventure zones placed around the mountain.
Beaver Creek has far fewer skiers than its neighbors to the east, so it's easier to find powder even late in the day. Grab a grooming report before taking the first chairlift ride so you'll know where the powder isn’t.
Many days only half of Larkspur Bowl is groomed, and the rest is pure powder. If the Centennial Trail is un-groomed, catch one of the first chairlifts up and then turn around and head right back down for an extended powder skiing romp.
When it snows all day, you'll even find advanced skiers floating through powder on the green runs off the Cinch Express at the very top of Beaver Creek. The high-speed quad in Rose Bowl promises powder much of the day, too.
On big dump days, the runs under the Birds of Prey chairlift are tempting, but be aware that the fluffy-looking surface usually hides big moguls. Experts race to Grouse Mountain early for freshies on Royal Elk Glade and Black Bear, both double-black diamonds.