Avon >Beaver Creek Ski Resort
Five-star quality in a relaxed resort that's still somewhat a secret..
Combining Western hospitality with European charm, Beaver Creek is less intimidating than its corporate sister, Vail. Of course, there's no lack of luxe amenities, including heated cobblestone walkways, upscale galleries, day spas and fine dining.
Beaver Creek occupies a series of interlocking peaks and gullies. New skiers can noodle around on the easy Highlands and Haymarket lifts at the bottom of the mountain, but it's more fun to ride straight to the top. Two summit lifts, Stump Park and Drink of Water, serve mainly novice and low-intermediate runs. Expert action lies between Centennial and Larkspur. The centerpiece: the thrilling Birds of Prey downhill course, designed specifically for the 1999 World Alpine Championships.
Vertical drop: 4,040 feet
Base elevation: 8,100 feet at Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch; 7,400 feet at Arrowhead
Top elevation: 11,440 feet
Number of trails: 109 at Beaver Creek; 25 at Bachelor Gulch; 12 at Arrowhead
Skiable acres: 1,625
Beginner terrain: 34 percent
Intermediate terrain: 39 percent
Expert/Advanced terrain: 27 percent
Snowboarding: Facilities include two terrain parks and a half-pipe.
love beaver creek. I had a wonderful experince this december and consider beaver creek the best I have seen in the last 10 years I have been skiing. nice food, great people helping us on our way around, trails for me and my sons so we could all enjoy the experience. We are already planning our next vacation for next year,
It was awesome. Beaver Creek was awesome. They had some great runs for even a beginner skiier like me. The people were very friendly and helpful. I would go back anytime.
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