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Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek4/510
Beaver Creek4 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
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Beaver Creek - Reviews

Beaver Creek - Reviews

More of a country club than a ski area

Pallavicini
23/10/2019
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  • Month Visited:
    January
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More of a country club than a ski area

Pallavicini
23/10/2019
Beaver Creek is not a mountain to overlook.
It has excellent terrain, fast lifts and better fall lines /powder stashes than Vail.
However unless you are a 1%er, the vibe is totally wack.
Everyone seems to impressed with the free cookies and forgets about $200 lift tickets.

Perfect for families

Bruno
08/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January

Perfect for families

Bruno
08/02/2019
Beautiful, glamorous, comfortable and very, very convenient!!
Skiing at Beaver creek and avon is a pleasure for few people. It is a bit more expensive than the other resorts but it paysback! Every part of the city is easy walkable and you get the slopes eithin no more than 8 minutes. Many hotels are ski in ski out. There are many small buses driving you everywhere and for free. Judt amazing.

Hard not to like BC

Nicholas Oddy
17/08/2015
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Hard not to like BC

Nicholas Oddy
17/08/2015
Beaver Creek goes out of its way to make you feel welcome and comfortable. From the ski valet service that kindly carries your skis from shuttle to the slopes, right through to the friendly customer service at every interaction. It helps if it a foot of fresh snow falls the day that you ski there however I found the entire experience to be very positive.

The excellent lift infrastructure serves a midsized mountain with plenty of variety for all levels. Lift lines were reasonable even for a powder day during peak season. Relly enjoyed being able full ski at full pace on the many long fall line groomers. Refreshing after having to feel conscious of your speed at Vail due to the ever watchful eyes of ski patrol and the slow down signs.

The mountain is ideal for a short stay with plently of challenging terrain to keep you interested. The village is upscale but I found the people to be welcoming and unpretentious. Love the vibe of BC and will definitely return.

Expensive and slightly overated

Daniel Sherwin
18/06/2015
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Expensive and slightly overated

Daniel Sherwin
18/06/2015
Beaver Creek shares a lift pass system with resorts like Vail and Breckenridge. It has some excellent long pistes and tonnes of moguls for those who love them. Off-piste options can be somewhat limited with a propensity for the backcountry gates to be closed at the top of the mountain. Ungroomed slopes are somewhat limited due to their location relative to the servicing lifts - whilst advanced and steep in places, they track out very quickly and fail to take full advantage of the mountain due to the necessity to traverse back to the nearby lifts for a reasonable portion of the run.

All in all, Beaver is a pretty good mountain with a lovely village but it is exceptionally expensive. This contrasts poorly with the similarly priced Vail up the road which provides better dispersion of patrons and hence greater snow longevity and with Breckenridge with is both cheaper and more open to backcountry. Colorado offers better options for the adventurous and hardcore.

Middle-ground for Colorado

Greg
22/10/2012
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Middle-ground for Colorado

Greg
22/10/2012
Beaver Creek is a middle of the road kind of resort relative to other places in Colorado. They do participate in a multi-pass ticket, which gives you access to Vail and other resorts as well, which is awesome.

Beaver creek does not have some of the knock your socks off features of some of the other resorts, but they are also a little more affordable.

It is great for families and overall a great place to ski.

The snow quality is usually very good from my experiences. The crowds are not great, but not bad either. I will hit Beaver Creek from now on either when they have specials or as a one day trip using a multi-pass just for a change of scenery.

Pros: Not bad crowds for Colorado, fairly affordable, lots of amenities, great proximity to Vail and some other resorts. Not too-too far from Denver.

Cons: Sometimes will not be enough if you are a serious skier looking to hit extreme terrain. You could only ski a few days there. Good nightlife - VAIL - there is a shuttle.

Most suitable to: Families, couples, friends, groups, almost everyone except extreme skiers.

Better than I expected...

Jason
21/10/2012
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Better than I expected...

Jason
21/10/2012
When I visited Beaver Creek, I didn't have high expectations. I had this vision that it was merely a "little brother/sister" to the nearby larger mountain resorts like Vail (as I had heard it described). But I was definitely pleasantly surprised.

When I visited Beaver Creek, they didn't have much fresh snow in recent days. But one of the things that impressed me most about Beaver Creek was that they do a great job of grooming the runs, so you get great skiing even when there has been a dry spell. I don't know the exact stats, but they must be able to groom more terrain than other Colorado resorts. I'm normally not a guy who brags about groomers, but when there is a dry spell, you certainly appreciate a good groomer run with a 80'ish waisted carving ski.

The intermediate runs were somewhat crowded, but I found almost nobody on the advanced/expert terrain.

As for accommodation and apres, this place is luxurious. You don't have to go "all out" when you go to Beaver Creek, but if that's what you are looking for, this place is hard to beat. A Ritz Carlton at a ski resort? Yep. And if you are into 5-star restaurants? They got em.

I think Beaver Creek is a great place for families or couples that might not be "expert" level, but that are looking for a great all-round location with high-end accommodations.

Pros: 1) Luxurious resort accommodation options, 2) Great restaurants, 3) Awesome groomers (yep, I said it), 4) Great conditions on the slopes even after a dry spell

Cons: 1) Maybe not the choice for expert level skiers looking for crazy terrain

Beaver Creek

Leftie
19/10/2012
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    N/A

Beaver Creek

Leftie
19/10/2012
Beaver Creek is great for a family trip. Lots of terrain for the family to enjoy and plenty of spa treatments available for the non-skiers. It has that European village vibe with several restaurants, art galleries, and great on mountain dining—like Beano's.

Pros: They don't over groom. While the groomers are great, there are miles of bump runs and plenty of steeps nicely separated from the easier runs and they look intimidating enough from on mountain dining that most of the beginners don't bother. Nice glades throughout the resort. Totally fun kid park for ski school. Beginner runs from the top to bottom of one peak. Bumps...perfectly spaced. Oh...and freshly baked cookies at 3 at the base. Easy free parking and shuttle.

Cons: It can get cold and dark at times. Expensive to eat, drink, and ski. Village life comes to a screeching halt pretty early. The village is really small.

Fancy Spot, Great Snow

Todd Macey
15/10/2012
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Fancy Spot, Great Snow

Todd Macey
15/10/2012
Beaver Creek is stereotyped as the spot where all the wealthy skiers visit. Lots of money, not a lot of skiing to be done. I'd say this is somewhat true. There is a lot of glamour involved with the ski experience at Beaver Creek. From the gondolas to the hotels to the mid-mountain lodges, you definitely won't be roughing it. This is the spot where most of the celebs come and visit for a lush ski vacation.

But don't let that distract you from the fact that there is some great skiing at Beaver Creek. For expert skiers and snowboarders, Grouse Mountain Express lift is a great place to ski, especially when there is a ton of powder. Not too crowded, great tree skiing and bumps. There is some good intermediate and beginner skiing here as well, so the mountain is good for everyone.

BC is a pretty expensive place though, so be prepared to fork it up for the lift ticket and food. Best advised to bring a lunch. Some very good restaurants in town, but if you're looking for a younger scene, you're better off going to vail for the night life.

Cookies and Creamy Powder

24/02/2012

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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Cookies and Creamy Powder

24/02/2012
Beaver Creek has only scored one award from us for the “best ski resort in Colorado” for the ski-in ski-out accommodation. Otherwise there are no particular stand-out features of Beaver Creek. This doesn’t mean Beaver Creek is a bad ski resort. Quite the contrary; it’s a very good all-rounder and BC caters to different ability levels and lots of different needs, particularly if you appreciate the finer things in life.

Pros include: family friendliness; a cute little village with good shopping; lots of high quality ski-in ski-out accommodations; great beginner and intermediate terrain; good lift infrastructure; amazing lunch spots; and superb amenities and service.

One potential con is that you pay a premium for the finery of Beaver Creek, but that has its pluses as it generally keeps the hordes away. Beaver Creek is supposed to be renowned for being uncrowded but unfortunately that wasn’t our experience. We were there on a powder day on a weekend where the lift queues at the base were horrendous and the powder was ripped up before we got to the top of the lift. Whilst the crowds at Beaver Creek are better than at Vail and the Summit County ski resorts, the number of people on a powder day is still feral for a powderhound. For those on the groomed runs, BC will seem rather uncrowded.

Fun, Relaxed, Great Terrain

Robin Sobieski
18/10/2011
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Fun, Relaxed, Great Terrain

Robin Sobieski
18/10/2011
We love Beaver Creek for the great skiing, relaxed atmosphere and all the different terrain. Some days it is a casual day hanging out by the Drink of Water lift gliding on the groomers. Some days it is a beat the knees day on Grouse Mountain. Some days it is a tree skiing day off the back of Grouse or on Bachelors Gulch. Skiing through the homes over by Strawberry Park and Arrowhead is a great way to feel like you have more than you do! These trails are usually pretty empty and have good powder on powder days.

Red Tail Camp is a great place to have lunch and still be in the center of things. Be seated at The Chophouse at 3:00 for free champagne - stay out on the deck and you can keep your eyes open for the chefs with trays of free, hot, chocolate chip cookies at 3:30. (Oh, and don't forgot at 9:00 am or 9:30 am - I forgot- there is Coco and Coudoroy at the top of the Centennial Lift - free hot chocolate before you hit the groomers). For a good bar scene - head to Coyote Cafe apres ski. Great Nachos! For dinner if you are looking for a great burger, head over to the Dusty Boot for the Breakfast Burger - Something you have to try!