Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado & Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 3340ft/1020m, total trails 150, closest airport 26mi/42km, lifts 23, and more. The ski resort is located in the Central Rocky Mountains of Colorado in Eagle County and is situated up the valley from the Town of Avon, which is located alongside Highway I-70. […]Read More
Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado & Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 3340ft/1020m, total trails 150, closest airport 26mi/42km, lifts 23, and more.
The ski resort is located in the Central Rocky Mountains of Colorado in Eagle County and is situated up the valley from the Town of Avon, which is located alongside Highway I-70.
In the 1800s, long before ski and snowboarding was the main attraction to the area, Avon was known as a farming community. Avon is situated alongside the Eagle River where the early settlers created homesteads to grow hay and raise cattle and provide food for the miners in the nearby town of Red Cliff. Today, Avon is a thriving community with beautiful scenery all around it and serves as the gateway to Beaver Creek Resort.
In 1956, the idea of creating a ski area in the Beaver Creek/McCoy Creek area of the valley was initiated by Earl Eaton, a local rancher, and John Burke. However, it would not be until 1970 that Pete Siebert, from Vail Associates, would try to convince the Denver Olympic Organizing Committee that this area would be perfect to build a ski facility and host the alpine events.
In November 1972, Denver voted no to hosting the 1976 Olympic Games and Vail Associates was sold to Harry W Bass Jr., of Texas, owner of the Goliad Oil and Gas Corporation. Mr. Bass decided to go ahead with the plan to create a ski resort, so finally on July 28, 1977, they broke ground to create a brand new ski resort in Colorado.
The new resort would be called Beaver Creek Resort, named after the actual mountain creek, known as Beaver Creek that flowed from the high alpine down into the Eagle River below. After many studies, planning, and proposals for development, Beaver Creek Resort would open for business on December 15, 1980, with 6 chairlifts, 28 runs and a day lodge, plus slope-side lodging.
Throughout the years, Vail Resorts Inc., owner of the resort since the beginning, has continued to expand the by adding new lifts and trails, building accommodations and in 1993 acquired the nearby Arrowhead Ski Area that would add considerable skiable terrain.
The ski resort has grown to provide skiing and snowboarding on five mountains, Beaver Creek, Grouse Mountain, Larkspur, Arrowhead, and Bachelor Gulch and in two bowls, Rose and Larkspur.
The ski resort today is known as a world-class luxury resort that features three mountain villages, Beaver Creek Village, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead Village.
On the Slopes
- Beaver Creek Mountain is where you will discover the greatest selection of trail variety serviced by all high-speed lifts. Terrain ratings vary as you move down the mountain, but one run, Centennial goes from summit to base and has sections from beginner to advanced during the descent.
- Haymeadow Park is a dedicated beginner learning area located at the Beaver Creek Village base area. It is a great place to have fun and learn at your own place. A gondola, plus a lift service this distinct area.
- The Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead areas of the mountain are almost entirely dedicated intermediate and beginner terrain. Cabin Fever, Golden Bear, and Cresta are all fun intermediate rated trails that provide great views of the surrounding area.
- Drop into the Larkspur Bowl area near lift 11 where you can experience the advanced terrain of Lupine, S. Star, and Loco along with the intermediate run of Larkspur.
- Beaver Creek Resort provides a multitude of terrain varieties including on the Grouse Mountain section where all the terrain is for advanced for expert skiers and snowboarders.
- Beaver Creek Resort has two terrain parks located on Beaver Creek Mountain near the top of Chair 8, the Cinch Express Chairlift. Park 101 is the beginner park with rails, boxes, and other features. And the Zoom Room is the medium park designed with jumps, rails, boxes, plus more features.
- The Beaver Creek Ski School has a dedicated team of professional instructors who can help you get on snow for the first time or help advance your skills with the latest techniques. Instruction is provided for children, teens and adults through group or private lessons. There are even specialty programs, including adaptive.
- Beaver Creek Resort features three distinct areas for lodging on the mountain. There is a vast selection of luxury hotels, condos, and vacation homes in and around the alpine village of Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch Village, home to the Ritz Carleton and Arrowhead Village.
Off the Slopes
- The nearby town of Avon, which is located alongside Interstate Highway I-70, features many lodging properties if staying at the resort is not an option. There is a good selection of places, including the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa that provides gondola access to the mountain, Comfort Inn, two Sheratons hotels, and several others.
- There are fun activities away from the slopes while visiting Beaver Creek Resort, such as outdoor ice skating in the heart of the village, plus Nordic Skiing or Snowshoeing in McCoy Park located in the high alpine at 9840ft/2999m on 20mi/32km of trails.
- Beaver Creek Resort has a vast selection of shopping opportunities in and around the pedestrian village that include ski and snowboard shops, art galleries, jewelry stores and fashion. Beaver Creek Sports is the place for the latest gear, apparel, and logo wear.
- At Beaver Creek dining is taken to a new level with cafes in the village, cabin dining experiences at a place like Beano’s Cabin, casual on-mountain dining, family dining, and fine dining places found in the village.
- Beaver Creek Resort offers the Small World Play School, which is a childcare and nursery facility with qualified staff for ages 2 months to 6 years. There are three age groups where your child can have fun with toys and activities. Call 1-970-754-5325 for more information.
- In the town of Avon there are retail places where you can just spend time window shopping or step inside the sports shops, fashion outlets, the City Market, and big box retailers.
- Avon features a vast selection of dining options. There is everything from cafes, casual dining, and pizza places all the way fine dining depending on your preferences.
- Beaver Creek Resort provides Village Connect, which is an on-demand free shuttle service available for property owners and guests in either the Beaver Creek area or Bachelor Gulch. Download the App from the Apple Store or call 1-970-949-1938 for more information.
- Avon Transit provides free scheduled public transportation around the town of Avon and gondola service. Service is also provided to the Elk Lot as well as the Covered Bridge bus stop in Beaver Creek Village. Call 1-970-748-4120 for more information.
- Eco Transit operates a paid fare service throughout the valley that includes stops at Elk Lot, Bear Lot and the Covered Bridge bus stop in Beaver Creek Village. Service is provided to Vail, Eagle County Regional Airport, Avon, Wolcott, Gypsum, Minturn and Edwards. Call 1-970-328-3520 for more information.
- Airport transportation is available from either Eagle County Regional Airport or Denver International Airport. Epic Mountain Express and Eagle Vail Express are providers to Beaver Creek Resort. See the Helpful Links Section below for more information.
Current Status: Open
3340 ft / 1018 m
8100 ft / 2469 m
11440 ft / 3487 m
325 in / 826 cm
Total Trails: 150
Beginner: 59 (39%)
Intermediate: 45 (30%)
Advanced: 37 (25%)
Expert: 9 (6%)
Terrain Parks & Pipes: 2
Snow Cross: No
Super Pipe: No
Half Pipe: No
Jib Park: Yes
Ski & Snowboard School: Both
Rentals & Repairs: Yes
Parking: Free and Paid
Retail Shops: Yes
Children’s Ski Programs: Yes
Women's Ski Programs: Yes
Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes
Day Lodges: Yes
Eagle County CO , 26mi / 42km
Nearest Major City:
Denver CO, 106mi / 171km
Avon CO, 3mi / 5km
Season Dates: Nov 25 to Apr 11
Skiing & Snowboarding: Both
Open Days: Open Daily
Hours of Operation:
8:30/9:00am to 4:00pm: Hours maybe subject to change.
Night Skiing: No
Total Lifts: 23
Express Quad Chairs: 10
Quad Chairs: 1
Triple Chairs: 1
Double Chairs: 1
Surface Lifts: 7
Within 20mi / 33km: Yes
Closest Airport(s)What our Convenience Rankings™ mean
Eagle County Airport
Distance: 26 mi / 42 km
Ranking: Most Convenient
Denver Intl Airport
Distance: 131 mi / 211 km
Ranking: Least Convenient
Central Reservations: 1-800-226-0355
Direct Phone: 1-800-953-0844
Snow Phone: 970-754-4888