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Away from the noise and crowd of a popular resort, Vail is Beaver Creek. This resort is smaller and quieter than Vail, but this resort offers some of the best machine groomed and natural snow. A luxury resort is offering privacy, serenity and some of the best powder. Located in Colorado, the resort is easily accessible by Interstate 70. The resort has 1,832 acres of skiable area, with over 150 trials connected by 25 lifts makes Beaver Creek one of the best ski resorts in the US.

The Ski Season at Beaver Creek

The ski season in Beaver Creek Colorado begins around the middle of November and closes in April. The resort has many activities for people all ages. Skiers can enjoy the many slopes and pistes in the area. Beginners can improve their ski-skills by practicing on the many blue slopes. The   Beaver Creek is one of the most attractive ski resorts in Colorado. Located right next to Vial, the resort by no means is minimal regarding skiing options. There are plenty of opportunities for beginners, intermediate and expert skiers. When the natural powder is not enough, the resort has state of the art snow machines capable of enhancing your skiing experience by two folds. This is a resort created solely for skiing.

Lifts, Gondolas, and Lift Passes at Beaver Creek

Good things come in small packages! This quote perfectly describes Beaver Creek ski resort. The small resort is well-connected thanks to the 25 state of the art lifts. Each season these lifts carry thousands of skiers uphill every hour. The lifts are a perfect way to explore the 1815 acres of skiable area ideal for skiing and snowboarding. The lifts and gondolas connect beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch, and Arrowhead. Every single lift in the resort is high speed. The distribution of the lifts are:
  • Gondolas and Trams: 25
  • High-Speed Quads: 11
  • Triple Chairlifts: 1
  • Double Chairlifts: 2
  • Surface chairlifts: 10
  One of the main chairlifts of the resort is the Centennial Lift. Here’s the best thing about the Centennial lift, you will get complimentary delicious cookies and hot chocolate every morning! This lift takes skiers to and from the center of the Beaver Creek village.   For access to the central mountain at Beaver Creek, skiers must take the Strawberry Park Express Lift. One of the two gondolas is located near the children’s ski school. The Buckaroo gondola is a favorite among children. The other gondola ride takes about three minutes as it takes skiers to Beaver Creek Landing. From there two high-speed quad chairs takes skiers towards pistes and slopes for a skiing adventure.

Skiing in Beaver Creek

Skiable Terrain

The Beaver Creek resort has skiable terrain of 1815 acres. The comparison of the ski area makes Beaver Creek a small to medium size resort in the US. The vertical drop is about 3339ft, but some areas of the drop are not fit for skiing.   The resort is abundant in well-groomed tails, making Beaver Creek a paradise for beginners and intermediates. 43% slopes are dedicated to intermediate skiers. There is plenty of snow in the resort every season; the resort comes with some of the best powder white snow in Colorado.  

Skiing For Beginners

Th resort is ideal for beginners. Dedicated lifts take skiers directly to the center of the village. One the unique aspect for beginners in Beaver Creek is that the beginner’s slopes are located at the summit of the resort. The Buckaroo Gondola allows the skiers to learn the skiing basics.   After the gondola practice, the skiers can use the chairlift to practice their new skills on the beginner's slope. Another option for beginners is that they can ride the Centennial Express chairlift from Beaver Creek to make a short transverse towards the Cinch Express lift. Now beginners have full access to well-groomed slopes and spectacular views from high up the mountain.   Another ski trip for beginners is to take the Drink of Water chairlift that takes skiers to Piney and Booth Gardens. The Red Buffalo is a high-speed lift that could replace the Drink of Water. More greens will be visible around the Bachelor Gulch area, Primrose, Sawbuck, and Stirrup.  

For Intermediate Skiers

There are many options for intermediate skiers plenty of marked blue tails to enjoy the powder. The regular favorites are the Redtail, the Centennial, and the Larkspur bowl. To get to Red tail skiers need to take the Centennial express lift, for the latter the Larkspur chairlift is the best option.   More blue trials are located in the Bachelor Gulch area; this area does not have enough skiers, giving you a chance to cruise around without much traffic. The Larkspur area is ideal for intermediate skiers as it offers three wide and appropriately pitched trials. Practise the mogul techniques like and Loco, Lupine, and a Shooting star in this region. Form the top of the Larkspur express lift skiers can get access to the Larkspur bowl. For more challenging mogul runs skiers can take the Grouse Mountain Express to try the Raven Ridge and Screech Owl.  

For Expert and Advanced Skiers

For the more adventurous the resort has ungroomed terrain. Challenge your skills on the ungroomed pistes by taking the Grouse Mountain Chairlift. The Grouse Mountain will challenge skiers with its 1800 vertical feet of mogul trails. Other locations like the Bald Eagle, Falcon Park, and Osprey are some locations with black trails. Once you’ve conquered the slopes in these locations, head on towards the Bird of Prey Express and ski down towards the lift line on the Peregrine. The Peregrine is an extensive long and bumpy run which would be a challenge for expert skiers.
RESORT FEATURES
Afterski & Nightlife
After challenging slopes and adventures at the slopes of Beaver Creek, skiers get to enjoy après ski. Nothing compares to the ambiance of a cozy bar, sitting around friends with a beer in hand, still in your ski hats, enjoying an evening together. Beaver Creek, despite its small size, has several spots filled with enthusiastic skiers looking for après ski and some clubbing.   Après at Beaver Creek has about a dozen venues that offer a place for those who want to spend a quiet night with some fine wine, beer, and finest cognac. Cozy bars with a homely feel are not something that party lovers want. For those who love parties, unfortunately, they need to head to the neighboring Vail.   The tiny resort packs some excellent bars and cafes for après. This is a chance for everyone to share their daily adventures with each other. The best après ski location in Beaver Creek are near the Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead Mountain. The resort has a vibrant umbrella bar that unfortunately closes at 2:30 pm. Some of the popular bars and cafes in Beaver Creek are:

The Dusty Boot Roadhouse Saloon

The Dusty Boot Roadhouse Saloon is one of the iconic bars in Beaver Creek. The bar and grill first opened its doors for tourists in 1997, since then the bar has positioned itself as the best après ski location in the resort. The bar and grill is a major attraction for the local community and for skiers. The timings for Dusty Boot Roadhouse Saloon are 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.  

Coyote Café

Another local and skiers’ favorite location for après is the Coyote Café. This is one prime location that attracts a massive corwd during the evening. From powder loving ski junkies to the mountain ski patrol staff, everyone heads to the Coyote Café for their coveted margaritas. The café has a wide selection of tequilas, probably the only bar in Beaver Creek to have such a range. The only downside is that the café is tiny and narrow. It's better to come early to get your favorite table. For those who want to party after a spectacular skiing day, you can book the entire café if you have a large group. Usually, the Coyote Café gets crazy when it plays host to a major event on high powder days. The corner dance floor gets crowded and rowdy in the late hours. The timings for the club are 11:00 am to 1:00 am.  

Hooked

This cozy little bar was opened during the winter season of 2012. Ideally located on the Beaver Creek Plaza, the bar is a favorite for après ski. The cocktails from Hooked are some of the best-tasting drinks in the entire region. The Hooked has a party atmosphere that can lead to a major party after 3:30 pm depending on the type of crowd handing out.  

Beano's Cabin

Looking for a cozy cabin for great après ski, Beano’s Cabin is the best choice for those who want a relaxing evening for après. Apart from great food and staff, the Beano’s cabin has a fantastic selection of drinks and cocktails. Take a sleigh ride to the cabin to truly experience Beaver Creek après.    
Activities
Beaver Creek is a popular ski resort that offers many opportunities for skiers. The resort is considered a paradise for beginners and intermediate skiers. The blues and greens at Beaver Creek attract a large crowd of enthusiastic skiers each season. Apart from world-class ski slopes that challenges skiers and snowboarders, Beaver Creek has other fun-filled winter activities for families and other tourists who want to experience a snow resort but without skiing.  

Non-Skiing Winter Activities

Explore the breathtaking valley by taking a winter tourist hike through the mountains. There are many options to enjoy the beautiful ski resort. Some of the many exciting activities at Beaver Creek are:
  • Ice Skating
  • The Nordic Center
  • Snow Mobile tours
  • Snow Tubing
  • The Vilar Performing Arts Center
  • Cookie time
  • The family fun fest

Ice Skating in Beaver Creek

Ice skating is one activity that never gets old. Ice skating is something that’s considered a traditional winter activity, and no holiday is complete without ice skating. Enjoy ice-skating in the beautiful Bavarian-inspired village in Beaver Creek.   The ice rink provides a pleasant setting for skating with your friends and family. The ice skating could be an excellent romantic option for couples. Beaver Creek has one of the most beautiful ice skating rink over the Nottingham Lake in Avon. There are many options for skating gear rentals. The skating rink is open daily from noon to 9:00 pm every day throughout every season.  

The Nordic Sports Center: Cross Country and Snowshoe Tours

The Nordic Sports Center also called the McCoy Park in Beaver Creek provides different opportunities to witness and enjoy the beauty of the mountains in the resort. The McCoy Park is located right at the top of the Beaver Creek’s Strawberry Park Chair Lift. The McCoy Park is huge, located at a high elevation of 9,840 feet or 2999m. It offers over 20 miles of perfect conditions suited for cross-country skiing and snowshoes. Many institutions provide training for cross-country skiing. The center offers Moonlight Tour by reservation only. So you need to rush to get a reservation for Moon Light Tour.  

Snow Mobile Tours

Enjoy the scenic backcountry with Beaver Creek snowmobile tours. The trials are well groomed, and sufficient powder bowls provide the best snowmobile experience for everyone. The rides and tours are individually designed to suit every taste.   From experienced snowmobilers who need a challenge to beginners who need to try a snowmobile the first time. Riding a snowmobile in the pristine Beaver Creek valley will be an unforgettable experience. You can take the snowmobile ride yourself or request for a rider and a guided tour. For first-timers, getting a guided tour with an experienced rider is preferred.  

Snow Tubing

Snow tubing is a favorite activity for everyone in the family. The snow tubing range is located right on The Ranch. The snow tubing area is accessible by lifts so getting there won't be a problem. The Buckaroo Express gondola takes skiers and families to the tubing hill. After enjoying the fun-filled snow tubing wind up your evening with a hot chocolate and a warm meal for a perfect end to a perfect day.  

The Vilar Performing Arts Center

Vilar performing-arts center, an excellent theatre situated right in the center of the Beaver Creek ski resort. After a good day at the slopes, head down to the Vilar Performing Arts Center for Broadway Musicals, concerts by various artists, and stand up comedy shows are the highlight of this remarkable attraction at Beaver Creek.

Time for a Cookie

Every day after 3:00 pm, the village of Beaver Creek is engulfed with the mouthwatering aroma of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. The smell of the delicious cookies is enticing; the best thing about it is that the cookies are served FREE! Yes, that’s right every year the chef’s serve free cookies for everyone. This has become one of the major attractions for skiers and non-skiers.  

The Family Fun Fest Carnival

A fun activity for children and adults alike, the Family Fun Fest Carnival transforms this small ski resort into a vibrant fun land. The festival has music, magic shows, delicious food and many games to keep everyone entertained for hours. The festival begins every day during ski season from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.
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Denver International Airport 6604.47 Km
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