If you love Vail's vast ski area and its upmarket feel but want something quieter and even more exclusive, Beaver Creek is the answer. Ten miles west of Vail, Beaver Creek nestles at the base of another wonderfully varied ski area covered by the same lift pass as Vail, giving skiers and boarders the best of both worlds. And when it comes to pampering, Beaver Creek is something else altogether.
Whatever you're looking for on the mountain, you'll find it at Beaver Creek. Long groomed blues. Tough moguls. Gentle, winding greens. Steep glades. Experts will find fierce double-diamond terrain on Grouse Mountain, whilst intermediates will love the endless cruising blues. The nursery slopes are excellent and surrounded by longer, easy runs for improvers. This beautiful, wooded playground is completely serviced by fast efficient lifts.
Off the mountain is in a word: luxury. Heated pavements. Escalators to the slopes. Beautiful accommodation. Smaller and more intimate than Vail, the resort is perfect for families and those preferring deluxe treatment to all night partying. At the centre of the village lies an ice rink lined with designer shops selling everything from the latest ski kit to the best designer fashions and some gourmet restaurants. Alternatively, you can take a sleigh ride to several log cabin eateries.
Resort Altitude: 2,740m
Resort Skiing: 3,485m
Total Ski Area: 54km
Blue Runs: 10km
Red Runs: 23km
Black Runs: 21km
Cross Country: 32km
Beaver Creek gives all visitors a unique, yet fantastic experience. Every detail in the resort has been carefully planned so that visitors can focus on spending time together. The ski area is brimming with award-winning restaurants, high-end boutiques, cosy lodgings with roaring open fires and unparalleled service to top it all off. The world-class terrain makes for an unforgettable ski holiday.
Beaver Creek’s ski area is best suited to good, intermediate and advanced skiers who enjoy cruising. Today there is a total of 22 lifts in the Beaver Creek area, ten of which are high-speed quads. Directly above the main part of the resort are several steep but perfectly groomed pitches and this has to be one of the best and most exhilarating high-speed cruising runs in the world. Skiers staying at Beaver Creek will typically spend a day or two skiing the slopes of Vail.
Beaver Creek is groomed perfectly and has plenty of solid, steep runs. The steeps and rollers make for great freeriding, and beginners can take advantage of some of the easier, wider slopes. The mountain is very easy to navigate and all slopes are extremely well signposted. There are three terrain parks on offer and a half pipe for those looking to get into their freestyling in Beaver Creek.
Beaver Creek's ski school offers lessons in ski and snowboarding for all ages and abilities. The ski school often has great discounts on packages of lessons, which can be booked on either a private or group basis.
There is a great variety of restaurants for visitors to dwell in during a trip to Beaver Creek. Splendido, located in the Chateau, is probably the best restaurant in town: it provides superb modern American cuisine in a formal setting. Saddleridge is a luxurious complex with an interior by a designer who has worked closely with Ralph Lauren - it has a big collection of Western memorabilia including Buffalo Bill’s desk. There is something to suit every palate in the resort.
Beaver Creek is not the place for the dedicated dancer and disco-goer. Most people tend to end their evenings with a drink or two in one of the bars attached to the restaurants or in one of the selections of bars to be found in the Hyatt. On the edge of the slopes, the McCoy's bar has a great ambience and often has live music, while down the escalator the Coyote does the best Margaritas and nachos; or try Whiskey Elk for a more relaxed atmosphere.
Non-skiers can take part in a variety of activities in Beaver Creek. There is ice-skating, Nordic cross-country, a variety of shops and even a performing arts theatre. There is plenty to keep you entertained in the town during the day, and it's a lovely place to spend time and relax, regardless of whether you choose to ski or not.