Overview of Beaver Creek, Colorado
Written by Greg and Heather Burke
Everything at Beaver Creek is posh, planned and near perfection – it’s the Deer Valley of Colorado. Owned by Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek opened in 1980 modeled after Europe's best ski resorts St Moritz in Switzerland and Italy's Cortina, it's like Vail's classier sister - not quite as popular, less approached, but that's what makes it so precious.
Beaver Creek even offers an escalator to whisk skiers from the beautiful heated pedestrian village up to the slopes. You have to experience 'The Beav’ to appreciate their slogan, “Not exactly roughing it.” Beaver Creek is one of our favorites, for both the terrain, long beautiful runs, big vertical and the top-notch service. Most of their 150 trails are well-pitched and their lifts are speedy but cushy. The Beav hosts the annual men's World Cup Downhill season opener and the Audi World Alpine Championship on their hair raising Birds of Prey run. Ski it nonstop and you will feel like Bode Miller in flight (or an accident careening toward the trail side fence worthy of ABC’s agony of defeat). But don't let all this steep race talk scare you, there is also plenty of perfectly groomed trails with spectacular rocky mountain scenery.
My favorite Beaver Creek ski run in the morning light is Larkspur - a wide open groomer with gorgeous views of the Gore Range. First tracks down signature Centennial to Beaver Creek's base village or long mellow cruisers in the western-most Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead ski areas are sublime. The Cinch Express to the summit at 11,440 has beautiful views and ego pleasing slopes sprinkled with tall pines and shimmering aspens. Kids will love Jack Rabbit Alley and Mystic Maze. Rose Bowl to the east is expansive and often peppered with moguls on Spider, Web, and Cataract. Grouse Mountain has more great trail names, Raven, Osprey and Screech Owl, on long well-pitched unforgiving, often moguls.
Beaver Creek rarely gets the crowds, since it's beyond Vail, Keystone and Breckenridge, all on the same Epic Pass, but a day ticket here is $170+. Beaver Creek boasts more snowmaking, grooming, and acreage per skier than its sister resorts. Beaver Creek even has a White Carpet Club and White Glove First Tracks getting you on the mountain exclusively at 7:30 am followed by a private ski in breakfast at Allie's Cabin - these posh opportunities are pay to play ($150 a day each).
Beaver Creek is also stand out because of their on mountain lodges, absolutely drool inducing impressive. Talons at Red Tail Camp has a gorgeous mid-mountain restaurant at the base of the Birds of Prey race venue and Spruce Saddle Lodge is another beauty. Or ski down to the lovely base village to CBar, 10 ski boot steps from the Centennial lift, for lunch and après ski looking up at the slopes. You can even ski to the Ritz Carlton for lunch at Bachelor Gulch, this gorgeous lodge modeled after Yellowstone Park's lodge is built from 7-miles of Colorado logs. Even better, stay at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch and enjoy ski butler service, swank lobbies with overstuffed leather chairs and crackling fireplaces in the Great Room.
Beaver Creek Village has numerous top rated ski hotels including Park Hyatt Beaver Beaver Creek, the Osprey (a Rock Resort), The Charter and Westin at Beaver Creek all with close proximity to the slopes and the village for après ski, village shopping, and ice skating on the centerpiece ice rink. We prefer the original, the landmark and the best hotel location, the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. In the evening, you can walk around the beautiful lit village, and treat your taste buds to any of these fabulous restaurants - Chop House, Eagle Mountain Inn, Buffalo's, 8100 and Powder 8 Kitchen in Beaver Creek’s classy mountainside haven. Sister ski resort to Beaver Creek is the impressive Lech Zurs in Austria.
We drove to Beaver creek and once in the parking lot the shuttle service was very prompt. There was no waiitng time between busses to get back to our car.
i think beaver creek has a wide varety of terrain for any level skier. we skied there for the first time last year and i thought it was a super place to ski.