Beaver Creek

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.

Elevation

Base
8100 feet
Base
Summit
11439 feet
Summit
Vertical Drop
3339 feet
Vertical Drop

Lifts

Gondola & Trams
2
Gondola & Trams
High Speed Quads
11
High Speed Quads
Triple Chair
1
Triple Chair
Double Chair
1
Double Chair
Surface Lifts
10
Surface Lifts

Terrain

Beginner Runs
19 %
Beginner Runs
Intermediate Runs
42 %
Intermediate Runs
Advanced Runs
22 %
Advanced Runs
Expert Runs
17 %
Expert Runs
Total Runs
150
Total Runs
Terrain Parks
3
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
2 miles
Longest Run
Skiable Terrain
1832 acres
Skiable Terrain
Snowmaking Area
650 acres
Snowmaking Area

Opening and closing dates

Season Open Date Close Date
2017/2018 11/26/2017 (estimated) 04/13/2018 (estimated)
2016/2017 11/25/2016 04/16/2017
2015/2016 11/25/2015 04/10/2016
2014/2015 11/26/2014 04/12/2015

Lift ticket and season pass prices

Category Age restrictions Price (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult 13 - 64 $164
Child 5 - 12 $113
Senior 65 & over $154
Season Pass
(Epic Pass)
$899

Overall Rating

4.6 / 5 based on 60 reviews
Charles Rist

This resort has a wide variety of terrain. Beginners to more advanced skiiers always seems to be satisfied by the time 3:00 cookie time rolls around. Between the virtual no lift lines,and high quality facilities Beaver Creek is seen as a "get away" by many people that go there while on a Vail vacation

Posted on Nov 12, 2017
Billy feeley

Killler trees tons of side hits. Cliffs to drop and easy access around the entire mountain. My favorite mountain to ride by a long shot. Burton shop employees are super knowledgeable and helpful!

Posted on Nov 10, 2017
Abraham anaya

The best place so far. Comparing to Vail is way less crowded. Groomed trails, with a lot of beginner and intermediate trails, but also expert terrain for the advanced skier. Staff is very friendly. This is my 3rd time going back to this place.

Posted on Nov 10, 2017
Gustavo

Beaver creek is a hidden gem. It's quaint, beautiful, family friendly and fun! I enjoy the slopes, the snow and the fresh chocolate chip cookies they hand out at the end of the day around the grounds!

Posted on Nov 09, 2017
Christopher Gilbane

This resort has the best glades ever. Period. Nothing and nowhere else compares. Also, chefs serving hot cookies on silver platters and free champagne everyday at 3pm isn’t that bad. Love this place.

Posted on Nov 08, 2017
Johnathan Crane

I've in California, lived in Breckenridge, and currently live in Denver. Beaver Creek is the hidden gem kept from people all over the world that I have gone to at every free weekend and holiday I can over the past 10 years.

Posted on Nov 11, 2017
DANNY Z

Awesome terrain park. Great aspen trees and steeps.Parking is horrible since they started chargeing money for it. Its has killed the local scene of riders. Love the terrain but the culture is getting lost with greed of property owners.

Posted on Nov 10, 2017
Sheau liang

Very beginner friendly with a nice gondola for the beginner run. Nice resort area. Nice lunch area for resting. Just that parking is a bit of trouble since even the parking down the mountain needs parking fee. Public transport is not that easy to get around as well (since no place to park)

Posted on Nov 09, 2017
FREDERICK HUGHES

Beaver Creek was the first Colorado resort I ever visited. I moved there in 2013 and at the time had only spent 5 days on a mountain before. I remember asking a coworker.. "I heard there's another mountain like 10 minutes away.. Vail? What's that?" Soon I learned I had picked one of the most sought after locations for snowsports in the country. I got 100+ days my first season at BC and Vail. Beaver Creek is one of the best resorts for beginner Snowboarders. You can get around the whole mountain so easy and are able to take a fun/challenging run almost every single time. Beaver Creek also has tons of side country that leads right back to a lift or to the base. I would recommend Beaver Creek to anyone and am thankful to have picked such a great mountain to learn on.

Posted on Nov 08, 2017
Will

Beaver is my favorite resort. I grew up in Glenwood Springs, a short drive away with access to both Vail and Aspen resorts. BC has some great side country if you're willing to do some hiking and gets a lot of snow that tends to stay around if you know where to look for it.

Posted on Nov 08, 2017