Beaver Creek hosts a long vertical of 3,340 feet and stunning views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. This neighbor resort to Vail also boasts an exciting variety of terrain and charming alpine village.
Beaver Creek’s 149 trails truly offer something for everyone, from family vacationers to Olympic hopefuls. Put BC on your list of epic resorts to hit this season.
Beaver Creek has plenty of variation in terrain, over several mountains: steeps, groomers, glades, bumps, bowl skiing and hike-access. On the west-end of the resort, Bachelor Gulch Mountain has lots of easy-going greens and blues. Further east, Grouse Mountain is known for its steeps, while Beaver Creek Mountain has a little bit of everything.
Just like Vail, Beaver Creek takes its grooming seriously. There’s always fresh corduroy in the morning. Beaver Creek has expanded their terrain parks and now offer some of the best features in the state, for all levels and abilities. There are 3 terrain parks and a half pipe.
The Olympic downhill run, Birds of Prey, can be accessed from near the top of Beaver Creek Mountain. It’s a steep, expert run that is worth giving a try if you’re up for it. For direct access, take the Birds of Express Lift.
The resort is “not exactly roughing it” for a reason. The village has elegant lodging, dining and shopping options all within walking distance of the slopes. There are even heated walkways and outdoor escalators in the village. One of the hotels has a chairlift that picks you up inside and takes you to the mountain.
Beaver Creek is a gated resort beside the town of Avon, which has additional amenities all within a short drive from Beaver Creek Village. Vail is also a short 10 minute drive east of Beaver Creek and offers a lively after ski scene.
The resort is usually less crowded than neighbor Vail, especially over the weekends. And they give out free chocolate chip cookies at the base at 3pm. Free parking is available with in Avon, with shuttles.
Address: 210 Beaver Creek Plaza, Beaver Creek
Season: late November-mid April
Lift Hours: 8:30/9am-4pm
- Elevation: 8,100 ft (2,469 m) – 11,440 ft (3,488 m)
- Vertical: 3,340 ft (1,231 m)
- Ski Area: 1,832 acres
- Annual Snowfall: 325 in (787 cm)
Trail Map: Beaver Creek (jpg)
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Late Season Beaver Creek Spring Skiing
March 29, 2010 – We went up to Vail for Sunday skiing and Beaver Creek on Monday. Sunday night we headed to Eagle for the night. It’s located about thirty minutes west of Vail down I-70. Glenwood Springs is 30 minutes west of Eagle, so we drove to Glenwood for their hot springs pool.
Beaver Creek is a world class mountain and one of the best Vail owned ski areas. It’s large with lots of terrain variety and easy to navigate from village to village. You can ski from Beaver Creek Village to Arrowhead Village. We started on the Arrowhead Mountain side of the ski area and worked our way to the top of Beaver Creek.
Beaver Creek Ski Resort is made up of three different peaks: Arrowhead Mountain, Grouse Mountain, and Beaver Creek Mountain. On the way from Arrowhead to Beaver Creek we tried a couple runs at Grouse Mountain. You pass it on the cat walk over. It has lots of wide open blue groomers. After the Olympic downhill, we explored the rest of Beaver Creek ski mountain.
Peak Season Beaver Creek Snowboarding
January 8, 2013 – Beaver Creek is a fun mountain, with lots of steep, fast runs. The skiing at Beaver Creek is a mix of moguls and wide open groomers, with some tree skiing and plenty of mountains to explore.
What’s also nice about Beaver Creek over the town of Vail, is free parking. The free lot has shuttles every ten minutes. There is also paid parking in the village.