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Beaver Creek is a luxury ski resort located just west of Vail and near the town of Avon, Colorado. The mountain is known for its world-class restaurants, luxury lodging, endless shopping and family-friendly atmosphere. Beaver Creek is a great destination for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels and is home to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championship.
A ski area with an upscale atmosphere all its own, Beaver Creek spans three villages: Beaver Creek Village, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead Village. In the main Beaver Creek Village, skiers and visitors alike will find shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants connected by heated walkways and escalators.
A fan favorite, free fresh baked cookies scent the air every afternoon, tempting tired skiers and riders toward the base to call it a day and making BC's M.O. "Not Exactly Roughing It" even more true.
Beaver Creek Resort offers terrain for all ability levels. Arrowhead Village and Bachelor Gulch have great beginner and intermediate terrain. Centennial is a perfect cruiser, steep enough for advanced skiers to let it out at speed, but wide enough for intermediates to make lots of turns.
The trees between most runs at Beaver Creek are tight, so make sure your skills are advanced enough before steering off a run. Midseason when the snow is good, intermediates can try Yonder Trees, Coyote Glade or Vitro's.
If chutes are your game, the Upper and Lower Stone Creek Chutes are steep, narrow and the snow is often deep. Cliff bands mixed with glades give skiers shots from 400 to 600 vertical feet, with pitches up to 45 degrees.
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Latigo and Gold Dust on Beaver Creek Mountain are long, easy intermediate trails, wide enough to make big turns. The entrances to Red Tail and Upper Harrier aren't obvious, so many skiers pass by, leaving these intermediate trails less tracked. The biggest spread of beginner and easy intermediate trails surround the Bachelor Express and Arrow Bahn Express lifts that are a cat-track away from the main mountain. If you're lodging in Bachelor Gulch or Arrowhead Village, just look uphill. Some beginner trails here curve through wooded areas, so skiers and riders get a sense of what it's like to ski through the trees.
Beaver Creek is one of the rare mountains where novices and intermediates alike head straight to the mountaintop for 360-degree views while skiing on a network of green and blue trails. Halfway down some of the green runs off the Cinch Express lift, skiers exiting off lifts from more advanced trails spill onto the runs. From the top, go skier's right to Red Buffalo, Booth Gardens and the other trails off the Drink of Water lift for a more isolated beginner's playground.
Beaver Creek is also very kid-friendly with kids adventure zones placed around the mountain. Youngsters can ski or snowboard on runs with names like Wild West Trail, Gold Mine, Tombstone Territory and Wolverine Ravine, all designed to hold kids' interest and improve skiing skills.
You can't lock Belgium-born Master Chef Daniel Joly's creations into a specific style of cooking. Just expect imaginative preparations of classic dishes, artfully presented. His unique style of cooking and choice of wines have been acclaimed by many, including Bon Appétit and Wine Spectator. Have a drink before the fireplace in the bar, then move to one of the intimate dining rooms for your meal.
55 Village Road
Beaver Creek, CO 81620
Dusty Boot Steakhouse and Saloon
As the name implies, the Boot is a noisy, large saloon with an old-fashioned tin ceiling, big TVs and features wicked barbeque and steaks. Visiting Beaver Creek with friends? Check the "Buy a Friend" drink board to see if you name is on it.
1099 Capitol St
Eagle, CO 81631
Blue Moon Pizza
Blue Moon Pizza serves subs, pasta and New York-style hand-tossed pizza on tables covered with red-checked tablecloths. Colorful kid-like drawings on the wall set the tone in this family-friendly restaurant. The kids menu includes Mac 'n Cheese and Chicken Fingers.
76 Avondale Ln
Avon, CO 81620
In the cafeteria at the mid-mountain Spruce Saddle restaurant you'll find chili, stews, pasta, wraps, salad bars and more all at separate counters. Views are excellent but the tables get packed mid-day.
A quieter, fast place for lunch is the Cafe in the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. Ski up and leave your equipment with the hotel's valet. Buy gourmet sandwiches made to order, a cappuccino and a pastry at the counter then find a quiet table nearby.
Breakfast in Avon
Avon Bakery & Deli
Join the locals in line at the Avon Bakery & Deli to order a breakfast burrito, or a bacon, egg and cheese bagel. Nothing fancy here, just a few tables in the back and stools at a small counter. The big draw: tasty breakfasts, and lunch sandwiches with delicious, imaginative fillings tucked into freshly baked artisan breads.
0025 Hurd Lane # 4
Avon, CO 81620
Breakfast in Beaver Creek Village
For an upscale buffet breakfast, loaded with fresh fruit and Birchermüesli to omelets made-to-order, head to 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill in the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. For a less-expensive option, choose the no-frills skier's McCoy's Cafeteria in the Village Hall.
Beaver Creek has far fewer skiers than its neighbors to the east, so it's easier to find powder even late in the day. Grab a grooming report before taking the first chairlift ride so you'll know where the powder isn’t.
Many days only half of Larkspur Bowl is groomed and the rest is pure powder: a good choice for warm-up runs and groups when some want powder and the rest prefer corduroy. If the Centennial Trail is un-groomed, catch one of the first chairlifts up then turn around and head right back down for an extended powder skiing romp.
When it snows all day, you'll even find advanced skiers floating through powder on the green runs off the Cinch Express at the very top of Beaver Creek. The high-speed quad in Rose Bowl promises powder much of the day, too.
On big dump days, the runs under the Birds of Prey chairlift are tempting, but be aware that the fluffy looking surface usually hides big moguls. Experts race to Grouse Mountain early for freshies on Royal Oak Glade and Black Bear Glade, both double-black diamonds.