The time our family had at Beaver Creek was mixed. As far as the snow went, this was awesome (how can you complain about run after run of knee deep fluffy white powder). However Beaver Creek is definitely not the place to go for your first time or if you are on a budget. To start with the parking at the base of the mountain is the steepest that I have experienced (it was $33 a day when we went), although you can park in a number of free parking areas and catch the free shuttles to the resort or to some of the lifts that give access to the mountain. The on mountain food seemed to be the same as all of the on mountain food for all of the Vail owned resorts, however, the price here was higher for the same food. The mountain village is definitely beautiful and the heated pavements and the moving walkways definitely add to the exclusive feel of the resort.