Welcome the newest Colorado ski resort, the one and only Beaver Creek, where luxury comes as standard. Smart, sophisticated and unabashedly expensive, this purpose-built ski resort is as much about the pampering as the powder, which are both equally as good! Just 10 mi west of Vail, Beaver Creek doesn’t suffer from the same crowds as its bigger sister, but then again it doesn’t offer anywhere near as much terrain. Still, the 150 remarkably well laid out trails here are nothing to scoff at, particularly the Birds of Prey downhill course, an annual fixture on the men’s Alpine Ski World Cup tour.
The Beaver Creek ski village is pretty small, at roughly 5 blocks by 8 blocks, which makes it easy to navigate and explore (great for families). There are even escalators to get you up from the bus stop at the plaza area to the slopes, although these can be tricky to navigate if you’re already in your ski boots! Perhaps the highlight of entertainment in the town is the Vilar Performing Arts Center, hosting everything from hit Broadway shows to the latest ski movie epic from Warren Miller, but the weekly American Jukebox Skate Night at the ice rink is a close contender! Further down the mountain are the base areas of Avon and Arrowhead with lifts connecting to the slopes of Beaver Creek.
Immaculately groomed green and blue runs make up a large portion of the ski terrain here, and unlike many other ski resorts, most trails at Beaver Creek don’t flow straight down the fall line. Instead, they leisurely wind down their way down the mountain for a scenic and unique skiing experience. There’s a nice chunk of advanced and expert terrain here too, but you can find bumpier bumps at Winter Park or steeper chutes at Arapahoe Basin.
That said, neither of those resorts will indulge you off the slopes quite like Beaver Creek. With a modern lift network comprised largely of high-speed lifts, you can get around the mountain fast without too much queuing. The highest point is the summit of Beaver Creek Mountain at 11,440 ft, served by both the Cinch Express Lift and the Drink Of Water Lift. Even from up here, the entire ski area is below the treeline, so don’t expect any true high alpine terrain.
Accommodation & Dining
When it comes to somewhere to stay, The Osprey Lodge and Beaver Creek Landing both offer exquisite ski-in/ski- out accommodation slap bang in the center of Beaver Creek Village. For one of the finest dining experiences in the resort you need look no further than Allies Cabin, famous for its wonderful valley views and Thursday winery dinners.
For something slightly less pricey, try the Dusty Boot, a steakhouse and saloon that oozes rustic old west charm! All in all, Beaver Creek is a top resort with a good balance of snow, terrain and village.