The new gondola from Avon to the lower Beaver Creek express lift is great. The gondola is free so you can ride it to purchase your lift passes without messing with over crowded resort busses. Walking to the gondola from most of the hotels in downtown Avon is very easy even in ski boots, but If you don't want to walk there is a very efficient free bus service that runs busses to the gondola about every five minuets from almost every where in the town. The Larkspur bowl,Birds of Prey and Grouse Mountain lifts offer amazing terrain (all in one area) that can amuse you all day. The staff was very helpful and friendly.