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BEAVER CREEK , CO , USA

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Receiving 300+ inches of snow each season the high altitude resort of Beaver Creek COLORADO combines outstanding skiing and snowboarding with luxurious 5 star accommodations.

Beaver Creek Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

Spread across 3 interlinked mountains; Beaver Creek Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Arrowhead Mountain, terrain ranges from long wide carpet like groomed trails, beginner only specific areas, heavily treed areas, steep fast thigh burning moguls, powder chutes and 3 terrain parks all supported by a high speed and efficient lift system.

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Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Beaver Creek

The 2006/2007 winter season saw 180 acres of new expert terrain opened in the Stone Creek area consisting of steep fast gladed chutes of 45 degree pitches.  The area had previously been considered 'out of bounds and off limits' now advanced skiers and snowboarders flock there after fresh snowfalls, access is via the Cinch Express lift.

Grouse Mountain has challenging steep terrain, the double black diamond Royal Elk Glades giving a thrilling powder tree experience while Beaver Creek Mountain has the extreme, steep and bumpy double black diamond Golden Eagle Trail which is home to the legendary World Cup Birds of Prey downhill course! After a heavy snowfall head to Larkspur Bowl for some short deep powder chutes. After heavy snowfalls head to Larkspur Bowl for the deep powder chutes.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Beaver Creek

Intermediate skiers and snowboarders can expect to find perfectly maintained tree lined trails winding across the entire resort giving freedom to explore. The trails around Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead Mountain are excellent for cruising as is the Larkspur Bowl which after a snowfall intermediates can test their ability going off piste into the powder. The longest run on Beaver Creek Mountain the 2 3/4 mile Centennial Trail is also a great challenge as it varies in steepness and ability level.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Beaver Creek

The 2007/2008 winter season saw the installation of the eight passenger Buckaroo Express Gondola. The gondola transports children and first time skiers and snowboarders from the Beaver Creek Mountain base area up to ‘The Ranch’ Beaver Creek’s customised children’s ski and snowboard school. The 4,000 square foot center has customised gentle beginner slopes and top instructors ensuring children learn the best skiing and snowboarding techniques whilst having fun.

As beginner confidence grows the Cinch Trail to the left of The Centennial Express Chairlift offers long gently winding tree lined terrain.

Beaver Creek Villages

Beaver Creek has 3 lift linked villages; Beaver Creek Village, Bachelor Gulch Village and Arrowhead Village. Beaver Creek Village is the largest and most action packed of the three villages with the main bulk of accommodation, shops and dining options. All three villages can be accessed by day from the slopes and by free shuttle buses which continue to operate into the evenings.

The recently opened Riverfront Express Gondola links the nearby town of Avon to Beaver Creek Mountain. The eighteen cabin gondola only takes three minutes from Avon to the Lower Beaver Creek Mountain Express Chairlift reducing traffic turnaround times and easing parking congestion.

Beaver Creek Shopping

The North Face, Surefoot, Charter Sports, Beaver Creek Sports and All Mountain Sports are just a few of the many ski and snowboard shops in the Beaver Creek Village. Add to these the many fashion boutiques, jewellers and homeware stores and you make even the most hardcore shoppers happy.

Beaver Creek Restaurants

Casual and fine dining are plentiful in the Beaver Creek Village. The Beaver Creek Chophouse is slope side and perfect for a quick lunch serving sandwiches, steaks and seafood. The Dusty Boothouse & Saloon is great for family dining with burgers, Mexican and margaritas, while Toscanini is a tasty Italian restaurant offering classic wood fired pizzas.

For fine dining Mirabelle at Beaver Creek has classic French cuisine whilst Saddleridge specializes in wild game and seafood and the Grouse Mountain Grill, in the Pines Lodge has fine meats and seafood.

An experience not to be missed is dinner at Beano's Cabin on Beaver Creek Mountain; take an open sleigh ride from the village to the log cabin for a delicious award winning five course dinner and live musical entertainment.

Beaver Creek Nightlife

The nightlife at Beaver Creek is relatively quiet with live jazz bands performing occasionally and Broadway performances held in the world class performing centre the Vilar Centre for the Arts. For those looking for fun action head to The Dusty Boot Saloon for tequila and microbrews or the Coyote Cafe for DJs and dancing.

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Teddy Levine, USA. Mar 2008 For a 12 year old who lives in the Mid-Atlantic it is uncommon for skiing to be your favourite thing to do and what you are best at. I got the expert terrain I wanted at Beaver Creek; stonecreek chutes and a lot of bumps while my parents got the groomers they wanted. The villages were spectacular I was surprised on how much expert terrain they really have....I had a lot of fun!

Aaron Thomas, FL. Beaver Creek is a ski in ski out luxury resort for the extremely wealthy, don't get me wrong, we mere mortals are allowed in but beware you will get some odd looks if you aren't wearing the very latest gear and don't drop 50 bucks for a tip! No - let me start again, BC is an awesome place to ski, it is generally not overcrowded, well laid out and suited for all ages and abilities. It has a reputation for being the perfect place for kids and intermediates, which it is, as well as having the challenge for the black diamond skiers of Grouse Mountain. The moguls and glade areas and the vertical drops found there are scary! The bald eagle and the glades to the right of the chair-lift are tough going, I've skied in waist deep powder through there consistently over the years. My advice, don't let the expensive reputation ruin it for you, go enjoy it for yourself.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
11,440
3,488
Base
8,100
2,469
Average Snowfall
310 inches
Lifts
17
Trails - view map
146
1,805 acres
Terrain %
advanced
38
intermediate
48
beginner
19
Halfpipe
1
Terrain Park
3
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