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Beaver Creek is constantly voted one of the top 5 ski resorts in North America and for good reason. It’s an affordable upscale resort that exudes charm and has a sense of chic, offering an excellent ski-in/ski-out Colorado holiday experience.
Beaver Creek is the perfect getaway for beginners, developing intermediates and those on a family skiing holiday. The resort prides itself on its extensive grooming policy where 50% of all marked trails are groomed and prepared every day – so it won’t be long before you’re effortlessly carving turns on the dry, light, groomed corduroy snow.
Beaver Creek is perfect for beginners. There’s a dedicated learning area that sits right above the village with its own learner friendly chairlift and everything else you’ll need for a successful first day on snow. Once you’ve mastered the basics, improvers will love exploring the easy green trails that run from the top of Beaver Creek Mountain. These runs have the gentlest of slopes and improvers will love the sense of adventure you get from skiing at the top of the mountain enjoying the views of the valley below.
The intermediate skiing at Beaver Creek is awesome. Mile after mile of well groomed runs with steady pitches and no nasty surprises. Great to clock up ski miles on or open up the throttle on when the runs are quiet. If high mileage cruising is your thing, then head to the Centennial trail – Beaver Creek’s longest run.
Whilst most of the ski area is perfect for families and intermediates, Beaver Creek also packs a punch with a range of steep and deep runs. The resort plays host to the Men’s Downhill and Super G World Cup races early in the season and if you’re feeling adventurous you could try out the Birds of Prey run. Don’t be fooled though – it may start off as a gentle blue run but it gets real steep, real quick!
There’s also some great advanced terrain on Grouse Mountain which offers several expert runs, as well as some great powder stashes. One of our favourites here is Raven Ridge – where you can usually find some well formed friendly moguls. On a powder day head to the trees and try out Royal Elk Glade.
Beaver Creek is superbly designed with the compact village base offering a good mix of amenities and accommodation – most of which is only steps away from the Centennial or Strawberry Park lifts that sit above the central plaza.
The resort has a stylish, pedestrianised centre which makes strolling around the central plaza a real pleasure. Here you can enjoy the upscale shops and watch fellow guests display their skills on the central ice rink. The resort offers first class guest services, including heated pavements and an escalator to take you from the village plaza up to the snow. As you head to the escalators be sure and stop to talk to the resort ambassadors who are usually handing out daily grooming reports, free sun cream and energy snacks.
One of our favourite things to do at Beaver Creek is to ski over to Arrowhead Village in the morning, stopping at Bachelor Gulch on the way back for a long lunch relaxing on the terrace of the Ritz Carlton soaking up the Colorado sun.
Beaver Creek is located within easy reach of Vail and there is a regular resort shuttle which makes it easy to ski both resorts during your stay.