Ski Beaver Creek, Colorado

Written by on February 8, 2016 in CO Outdoor Adventures - Comments Off on Ski Beaver Creek, Colorado

Among the dozens of ski areas in Colorado, Beaver Creek is considered one of the best and is perhaps one of the least well known. Many World Cup skiers say Beaver Creek is their preferred place to compete. From personal experience of almost every ski area in Colorado, it’s also this author’s personal favorite place to ski as well.

On one particular occasion, I was lucky enough to have the ultimate powder experience at Beaver Creek. It had snowed around 36 inches overnight and the ski area grooming equipment couldn’t keep up. I rode to the top and started down. While the slopes were slow, feeling 36 inches of powder billow around me was amazing — right up until I feel and was buried. Then I floundered around like a small child in a drift and laughed so hard I kept breathing in the powder. What an experience!

Just a few miles away from its flashy neighbor, Vail Ski Area, Beaver Creek has the same views and even better trails. But because it is less well known, you could be the only one on the slopes at times. Beaver Creek has more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Winter daytime temperatures average in the 20s and 30s with the low temperatures in the teens, and average annual snowfall of 310 inches. The ski resort brags about its grooming capabilities. They groom twenty hours a day, seven days a week and have 52 operators who work ten-hour shifts.

Beaver Creek offers 1,815 total skiable acres and 149 groomed trails, as well as 10 high-speed quad chairlifts and seven auxiliary lifts. Base elevation is 8,100 feet and rises 4,040 feet to the summit at 11,400 feet. From the gentle groomed runs of Strawberry Park to the rugged glades and bump runs of Grouse Mountain, to the four terrain parks and Super-pipe, Beaver Creek offer something for everyone — 19% of the terrain is designated for beginners, 43% for intermediate skiers and 38% for experts. The longest run is called Centennial and is 2 3/4 miles long.

The Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center offers a complete rental shop and is a great place to explore McCoy Park — a 32-kilometer playground for classic and skate skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts. Groomed and rustic trials wend their way through pine forests, aspen groves and open glades. Nestled between Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch, it has fabulous views of three mountain ranges.

Beaver Creek Resort at the base of the mountain was carefully designed to remain hidden from view and very private. According to SKI Magazine, it is also “the consummate kid-friendly resort.” The modern, custom-designed resort has the feel of an Alpine village and offers a wide variety of accommodations. The resort regularly wins awards for food, wine, service, safety and for its environmentally friendly approach to its operations. The Village of Beaver Creek also offers fine nightlife opportunities including live music, concerts, Broadway performances and taverns and bars. Several world-class spas are standing by to help you relax after a hard day on the slopes. And as if that wasn’t enough, the shopping is outstanding with unique boutique shops and outdoor outfitters offering the finest goods and services.

Beaver Creek Resort Information Center: (970) 754-4636
Lodging Reservations: (800) 825-0760
Colorado Road Conditions: (303) 639-1111
Lift Ticket Information: (970) 476-9090
Local Road Conditions: (970) 479-2226
Nordic Sports Center: (970) 754-5313
Snow Conditions: (970) 476- 4888
Groups & Conferences: (877) 918-7669

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