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Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek Ski Resort Guide

Beaver Creek, United States

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift3,490m11,450ft
Resort Height2,260m7,415ft
 Nearest AirportDenver International
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Beaver Creek

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..


The American ski resort of Beaver Creek is in the American Rockies at an altitude of 2,260m7,415ft.

Beaver Creek has direct access to 146 marked pistes, served by a total of 13 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 2,260m7,415ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,490m11,450ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

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Ski Area Stats

Beaver Creek Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Cross Country
Total Length
32km20 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Beaver Creek Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,490m11,450ft
Lowest Piste2,260m7,415ft
Resort Altitude (Beaver Creek)2,260m7,415ft
Max Vertical1,230m4,035ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Beaver Creek
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Beaver Creek Overview

Beaver Creek is a fascinating resort in the evolution of the global ski industry. It has many claims to fame, perhaps most notably that, having opened as recently as 1980, it's one of the 'youngest' of the world's great ski areas. As a result of its modern evolution it is also sometimes described as being the first resort to be designed by computer (and if so, it's a good argument in favour of computers!).

The most interesting fact is that Beaver Creek, which was built by Vail, 18km (11 miles) away to the east, to be America's most elegant resort, is located in the territory which Vail's founders had chosen as first choice for Vail itself. However, back then in the 1950s, the rancher who owned the land was happy with his lot and didn't want to sell. It was 16 years later, in 1972, that Vail, by then one of North America's leading resorts, succeeded in purchasing the land where Beaver Creek now sits. Work began in 1977 and, since the resort's opening, it has become the epitome of the general popular perception of high class, high taste lodging, dining and other facilities with an exceptionally well designed resort and lift system.

Direct access to the slopes is made easy with covered escalators leading from the village to the base of the Centennial Express Lift, another unique asset. Naturally, pricing reflects this luxury although, as with all ski resorts branded particularly expensive, you can find affordable prices and packages if you're prepared to travel off-peak. In conjunction with Vail, Beaver Creek has hosted the Alpine World Championships twice in its short history, most recently in 1999, another unique achievement. The 'Birds of Prey' downhill course constructed for the event has quickly established itself as the toughest downhill in North America and on a par with the classic Alpine world cup runs, generally perceived as tougher than anything North America could offer prior to this new run opening. 'Birds of Prey' is now considered one of the top three downhills in the world.

Beaver Creek also claims to offer 'European style village to village skiing' - a rare phenomena in North America where only Stowe and Smugglers Notch in Vermont are as yet linked together by ski lifts, although others could if they chose to be. In Beaver Creek's case the 'villages' it is linked to have had to be built from scratch by Vail, just like Beaver Creek. Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch are currently the focus of new building development and look set to become even more up- market than Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch being described as a private residential resort community by planners. Development of Beaver Creek resort was officially declared 'complete' in February 1998.


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.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


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.

Location and Map

Where is Beaver Creek?

This ski resort is in the American Rockies in Rock, Minnesota.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Beaver Creek is Denver International, 120 minutes drive away.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 13 ski lifts are able to uplift 31,539 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Beaver Creek open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Beaver Creek, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Beaver Creek Tourist Office for the latest.

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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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