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Beaver Creek - Ski Resort in Vail Resorts, American Rockies (2260m to 3490m)
Built by Vail Resorts,16km (10 miles) away to the East, to be America's most elegant resort. They have a joint lift ticket which also includes Breckenridge and Keystone. The World Alpine Championships were held here in '89 and '99 and a Men's Downhill World Cup race is staged here each December..
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The American ski resort of Beaver Creek is part of the Vail Resorts ski area and has direct access to 146 individual pistes, served by 13 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Beaver Creek itself 218pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Vail Resorts ski resorts of Arapahoe Basin, Keystone and Vail.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 13 Ski Lifts of Beaver Creek are able to uplift 31,539 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
Skiing in Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek has skiing for all abilities, and the novelty of being able to ski over to Arrowhead or Bachelor Gulch base areas. You can, of course, also ski at the other resorts owned by Vail - Vail itself, Breckenridge and Keystone, as well as at independent Arapahoe Basin on the same pass. The resort has around 150 trails which largely consist of excellent cruising terrain through the trees, ideal for intermediates at all levels. The terrain is loosely divided in to four areas - Beaver Creek Mountain, Grouse Mountain, Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch, but these are so well integrated that you may not realise as you move from one to another.
Beginners have special learning areas. Beaver Creek was designed upside down, with beginner trails at the top of the mountain so they can enjoy the same view, and the resort's 400 teachers, part of the 1300+ instructor army of Vail Resorts, are capable of offering virtually every kind of tuition imaginable with an incredible 30 different languages available.
The steepest terrain is on Grouse Mountain where the double black diamond runs are as steep and as demanding as you could want and there's the already famous Birds of Prey run down the west side of Beaver Creek mountain. There are black and double black diamond trails dotted around most of the rest of the terrain including the long thresher Gladed and the short chutes in Larkspur Bowl. Additional double black diamond graded steep terrain opened for the 2006-7 season, adding the exciting Stone Creek Chutes just above Rose Bowl.
Beaver Creek has one of North America's few cross country skiing centres, and of course they have made an exceptionally good job of it, located at a snowsure altitude at the top of Bachelor Gulch
(9840 feet) where there are 32km (20 miles) of trails for all ability levels.
The nursery Haymeadow eight-person gondola - the Buckaroo Gondola - has been designed specifically for the children's ski school.
Snowboarding in Beaver Creek
Despite its upmarket reputation, Beaver Creek has a 'full on' reputation with 'boarders. The sculpted terrain on Moonshine are ideal for boosting air. The TAG Heuer Halfpipe and Park there includes Half-Moon, a 125 metre (400ft) halfpipe designed to competition specifications, shaped and groomed by Beaver Creekﬁs own pipe dragon. A park follows loaded with tabletops, spines and thrills for all. Access from Centennial lift.
The trees at Beaver Creek Mountain are full of natural glades and gullies, misty lines and untracked powder stashes. Keep your eyes peeled also for The Snowboard Courtesy Patrol, a group of volunteers from the local community who are giving their time to help out on Vail and Beaver Creek mountains. They are all on snowboards, in the parks and at the pipes, assisting riders whenever possible.
Off the slopes you can find the dedicated Edgewise Snowboard Shop stocking snowboard outerwear and contemporary clothing and located at the bottom of the Beaver Creek Escalators. Snowell Rentals has adult and children's snowboard rentals available. Full integration with Vail's boarding means that riders can discover the secret spots that only the locals know at both areas.
Guides from the Vail Snowboard School provides coaching as you explore Vail Mountain. Free 'Quick Tips' are also offered at 11 am, daily to help you dial into riding with effortless style, you need to check into the Snowboard School desk at Mid-Vail. The UnVailed event at the close of each season is one of world boarding's premier end-of-the-season bashes. The event featuring many of the world's top boarders includes the unique UnVailed Half-Park, which is no ordinary one-dimensional half-pipe. The Half-Park combines elements of a traditional snowboard park, such as tabletops and transfers, with big-air jumps strategically placed in the middle of a steep double barrel half-pipe.
Beaver Creek Aprés Ski
Once the lifts close and you've checked your skis in free overnight you can stagger over to the slopeside Beaver Creek Chop House or for a less pricey option hang around in the plaza where cookies are served free.
If you want to spend some money, if not as much as at most establishments, then the Coyote Café was the first bar to open in the resort and remains the locals' favourite, with a variety of beer and famed for their Margaritas and other specials. McCoy's Cafe and Bar, located in Village Hall, is another good place to eat, drink and dance to live après-ski entertainment.
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Beaver Creek in brief
Beaver Creek Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Opened : November 16, 2012
Closed : April 14, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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