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 66 reviews
Jessica Fowler

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

Posted on Nov 20, 2017
Eric Brown

I grew up skiing at Vail and Beaver Creek. Beaver creak is by far the best resort in the state. From the cookies at 3:30 to the vast amount of family friendly activities. I will be teaching my son how to ski here for one reason and one reason only Family Friendly every day every night.

Posted on Nov 19, 2017
Jason Vishio

I love the resort but it is starting to get more crowded recently. I has a wide variety of terrain and the village has a very cosy feel. Can't beat a ritz carlton on mountain either. I hope they continue to improve the resort but not over expand.

Posted on Nov 18, 2017
Brandon Johnson

I visited Beaver Creek the season before last when the huge snow storm came in springtime and shut down the Denver Airport. I stayed for an entire week and skied for 4 days and absolutely love the variety of terrain the massiveness of the mountain and just overall the most beautiful scenic images I have ever seen in my life. Almost 2 feet of snow was dumped and it was like powder Surfin USA. Hands down best experience I've ever had snowboarding.

Posted on Nov 17, 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
brad m

Best tree runs in all of Colorado and no one seems to ride them. We were still getting fresh tracks at 4pm and the quality of the powder was also second to none

Posted on Nov 20, 2017
Joe Fernandez

Fantastic! Great snow, great beginner areas and places to explore. Love arrowhead and bachelors gulch. Good snow. I need 30 words to submit so now I'm just bs-ing until that

Posted on Nov 19, 2017
Jim Stermer

This is my go to resort. Most people will stop at Vail so of you're willing to make a little but longer drive you can get the same quality without all the crowds. Huge runs, wide open, nothing better.

Posted on Nov 17, 2017
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