Beaver Creek

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Heather Burke
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Heather Burke
Pros
  • World-class grooming
  • Efficient lift system with short lines
  • Fantastic snow conditions
  • Free chocolate chip cookie every afternoon
Cons
  • Expensive place to ski
  • Limited bowl skiing
  • No terrain above the tree line
Overall
4

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.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January and March

Avoid

December and February

While it’s rather cold, January is the best month to visit Beaver Creek as it sees fewer crowds than Christmas and February. Crowds tend to scatter throughout March and April with the exception of Spring Break. For the best chance of a bluebird day, visit during March.

FLY TO

Denver International Airport

DRIVE/SHUTTLE TO

Beaver Creek (2.5-3 hours)

Beaver Creak Village (Walk)

  • Main village with the most amentities, dining options and activities
  • All lodging offer ski-in access
  • Variety of hotels, condos and B&B lodging

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Bachelor Gulch Village (Walk)

  • Offers access to Bachelor Gulch Express lift for green and blue trails
  • Lodging includes The Ritz-Carlton and vacation rental homes
  • The only other location for ski and snowboard school besides Beaver Creek Village

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Arrowhead Village (Walk)

  • Accommodation is limited to ski condos only
  • Offers access to Arrowbahn Express lift for green and blue trails
  • Located furthest from Beaver Creek Village

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Avon (Walk)

  • Small town with free shuttle to Beaver Creek Village
  • Variety of hotels including Westin Resort and Spa
  • Riverfront Express Gondola provides access to the base of the mountain

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For beginners

Beginners can ski with ease here as they can meander down one of many groomed trails at Beaver Creek. Be sure to check out Stirrup, a long windy green that's also our favorite run! The runs off the Elkhorn lift also offer fantastic progression trails for those looking to take it to the next level.

For intermediates

Intermediate skiers and riders will also have endless choices at Beaver Creek with the terrain off Elkhorn lift being our top pick! For our favorite run, start off on Lamplighter from the top of Elkhorn lift, followed by Board's Skiway and then Boarder's Loop back to base.

For experts

Beaver Creek doesn't have the most challenging terrain around, but Grouse Mountain is packed with black diamond and double black diamonds making it the best spot for more advanced skiers and snowboarders and includes our favorite the Black Bear double diamond! For the experts, the Stone Creek Chutes is where the fun is at!

Find freshies

The Stone Creek Chutes and anything on the Grouse Mountain are the best spots to find freshies. These areas feature the most challenging terrain at Beaver Creek and therefore sees fewer skiers and snowboarders tracking the fresh powder.

Ditch the crowds

The Centennial Express lift is most family-friendly lift which also makes it the busiest one of all here. For advanced skiers and snowboarders, the runs off Grouse Mountain are the best for avoiding crowds as this area only offers black or double black diamond trails.

Non skiers

The Beaver Creek Village might be small but there's still plenty on offer for non-skiers. Beaver Creek is known for its pampering so why not check one of the many spas? If that's not high up on the non-skiing activities list then the Vilar Performing Arts Center offers everything from Broadway shows to epic ski movies from the late Warren Miller.

Families

As a purpose-built resort, the small and easy to navigate village along with the abundance of beginner and intermediate terrain make Beaver Creek an ideal ski destination for families. For families with different skiing abilities, the Centennial Express lift gives access to a variety of greens, blues, and blacks trails that all lead back to down to the village, making it easy to ride up together and then meet at the bottom. The free chocolate chip cookies every afternoon is also a winner for kids and adults alike!

Beaver Creek vs
Beaver CreekArapahoe Basin
beginner19 %10 %
intermediate42 %30 %
advanced22 %37 %
expert17 %23 %
total runs150 109
ski area1,832ac 960ac
summit elevation11,439ft 13,050ft
total lifts25 8
child lift ticket$117 Free
adult lift ticket$169 $100
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall162″ 179″

Beaver Creek Reviews

Superb 4.6 / 5
based on 76 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Very Good!4.2 / 5Sep 19, 2018
ADAdam D.
expert skier
great resort, fairly upscale with amazing ski school. we came here in late november and there was still plenty of snow to go around! would definitely recommend to anyone in the area... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Dec 01, 2017
TLTrey L.
advanced skier
Not exactly roughing it is right! The overall quality experience at this mountain has been drawing me back year after year. The runs are great. Great feelings all around here. ... More
Good!3.9 / 5Nov 30, 2017
BLBen L.
intermediate snowboarder
It is a great family resort but maybe not the best for your die hard ski bum. A little over the top with the service provided which is great for families but also drives up the cost for the cheaper folks. ... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 29, 2017
SKSteven K.
advanced skier
Beaver Creek in my top five in Colorado. Others that are awesome for sure Snowmass Stesmboat Copper Mountain and Crested Butte. I try and get to those ones for sure. ... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 27, 2017
DMDeb M.
advanced skier
Beaver creek resort is a gem. The skiing was amazing and the facilities and activities for the whole family were outstanding. Our children ranging in age from 8 to 14 had a great assortment of trails to ski and we had the luxury that we wanted. I would highly recommend Beaver creek as a resort families can go to each year. Start a new tradition... More
Good!3.7 / 5Nov 27, 2017
RWRichard W.
intermediate skier
This is one great place to ski or board. It has great runs, great staff and equally great cookies at 3PM! The only real down side is the prices, particularly the lodging. And you are so close to Vail that you can ski both! ... More
Good!3.9 / 5Nov 24, 2017
MGMatthew G.
expert snowboarder
Been enjoying Beaver creek since I was 2 years old! 5th generation born in Colorado!:) I'm to broke this season for a pass this would be epic;) the cookies and the trees are why I love the beav ... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 24, 2017
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
The Beav! Fun but can get very crowded, as is with all Vail owned resorts. The one thing is they have higher prices than the rest of the CO owned places so at times you can miss some of the crowds that Vail and Breckenridge gets. If you get to the top early you can usually miss some of the crowds. Had killer parks that were EMPTY, but they may have... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Nov 21, 2017
CJCollin J.
advanced snowboarder
Beaver creek is a unique experience. It's the place to go if you have money to burn, or a girlfriend whose family has a condo that they'll let you stay in. The snow was good, and the spa at the Ritz Carlton was top tier.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 20, 2017
JFJessica F.
beginner snowboarder
Great! We love Avon and beaver creek but passes were too much this year. Hook me up lol. I'll still be up there with friends. It would be nice to get a pass as the buckaroo is helpfull for beginners ... More

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