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Guide to Skiing & Snowboarding in Beaver Creek, CO

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Whether you are a new resident of Beaver Creek, Colorado, or just looking for a fun vacation spot where you can enjoy skiing, this quaint town has plenty of exciting things to offer. There are dozens of ski trails so that people of all skill levels can hit the slopes with confidence. If you want to take a break from the slopes, biking and hiking are two other outdoor recreational activities that can keep you entertained. Still, the incredible skiing and snowboarding opportunities are the top attractions for Beaver Creek. Here’s everything you need to know to make your time here memorable.

Mountain Overview

Beaver Creek is home to a wide variety of slopes that are packed with fresh snow for the majority of the year. There are plenty of beginner slopes where you can test your skiing skills or let your kids have fun on the slopes, but there is also plenty of challenging courses to keep your skiing and snowboarding skills sharp.

Beaver Creek is located above Avon, so it offers more virtually untouched terrain by many outdoor enthusiasts. Take the Centennial Lift to the beginner slopes and then hop on the Birds of Prey lift to hitch a ride to the top of the mountain. You can access Golden Eagle, one of the few World Cup skiing courses located in the United States. This run is steep and fast, but you’ll have plenty of thrills while you wind through trees and enjoy the stunning winter scenery.

If you’re not quite ready for a championship run but still want a challenging course, check out the Stone Creek Chutes to find plenty of features that allow you to catch some air. You can also try out Grouse Mountain, Royal Elk Glade and Black Bear Glade.

Mountain Stats and the Beaver Creek Trail Map

Snowfall in Beaver Creek averages 323 inches per year. This gives the mountain a total of 1,832 acres of land that are suitable for skiing and snowboarding. The runs are divided to include slopes that are suitable for all skill levels. 19% of the slopes are suitable for beginners, while intermediate runs make up 43% of the mountain. Skiers will find that advanced slopes take up 21% of the mountain, and 17% of the terrain is reserved for expert athletes.

There are 25 ski lifts available to make it easy for you to access the mountain. The vertical drop is 3,330 feet, with the summit peaking at 11,439 feet and the base elevation being at 8,100 feet above sea level.

Travel Information and Directions

Beaver Creek is located just a 10-minute drive from Vail. It is a little over two hours from the Denver International Airport, and there are shuttles available to transport you between the airport and Beaver Creek. If you prefer a shorter drive to your destination, you can catch a flight from one of twelve major cities in the U.S. to Eagle Airport, which is only a 20-minute drive from the skiing area in Beaver Creek. Colorado Mountain Express also operates a shuttle from the airport to make it easier for visitors to access their destination.

Lodging Information

There are several options for lodging in Beaver Creek. If you want to stay in an area where you have easy access to nightlife entertainment for when you are not on the slopes, you may prefer to stay at the base of the mountain in Avon. If you are only interested in the outdoor recreational opportunities that are available in Beaver Creek, choosing to stay at The Park Hyatt may be a better option because this hotel is located just 26 feet from a chairlift and can get you to the top of the mountain quickly.

Local Food Picks

Spending all day on the slopes will cause you to work up an appetite, so it’s good to know where to go to fuel your body with delicious food. Every afternoon, Beaver Creek offers warm cookies to skiers and snowboarders at the base of the mountain. Not only are these treats delicious, but they are also great for giving you the quick burst of energy you need to finish your day.

There are many restaurants to choose from at the base of the mountain, so whether you prefer casual dining or want a more formal dining experience, you can find a spot that meets your needs. Two of our most popular dining establishments are the Dusty Boot and Blue Moose Pizza. The Dusty Boot is a great choice for dinner. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of burgers and specialty plates. Blue Moose Pizza is a fantastic choice for pizza in the Beaver Creek Village.

Where Can I Find Lift Tickets to Beaver Creek?

Because Beaver Creek is home to so many trails for skiing and snowboarding, it has a lot of lifts located throughout town. The price for these lifts is significant, but you’ll need them for easy access to the mountain. There are special discount passes, such as the Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass, available to help you save money. You can also get discounted passes for children and senior citizens. If you stay at one of the upscale resorts in town, you may also receive special pricing on discount passes. Shop around to find the one that best meets your needs.

Find the Skiing and Snowboarding Gear You Need at Base Mountain Sports

Suppose you come to Beaver Creek, Colorado, to take advantage of the many skiing and snowboarding opportunities. In that case, you need to find high-quality rental gear that can keep you safe and comfortable on the slopes. Base Mountain Sports has all of the equipment you need to tackle the slopes in style and comfort, and because we have several locations throughout the Colorado Rockies, we make it easy for you to obtain the gear you need. Our Beaver Creek store is located on Avondale Lane and is ready to supply you with all of the equipment you need to fully enjoy the ski slopes, so contact us today to reserve the gear you need.

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