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Visitor reviews for Beaver Creek Ski Resort
May 01, 2012
seth brown from United States
BC (Beaver Creek) can be anything you want it to be. It has more diversity than Vail (excepting Bowls) with more advanced skiing and better cruising and less crowds. Very expensive on mtn eating as well as lift tickets in the Vail Valley in general.
This is a great destination for European skiers as there is direct service to Vail, but you can stay in a better ski in/ski out environment. A combo of Vail/BC can't be beat for 1 week of non stop skiing. More good restaurants than you can count. Plenty of apres-ski (Vail), variety of accommodations, as in Edwards, Avon, West Vail, besides the Beav and Vail proper.
Most definitely a top tier US destination for anyone.
Beaver Creek Ratings
Overall: 4.0. Based on 9 votes and 5 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Beaver Creek.
Public Transport: 4.3
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Beaver Creek, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Beaver Creek, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.4
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.7
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Beaver Creek.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.8
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Beaver Creek, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Beaver Creek is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Beaver Creek relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.4
(1) There are no snow groomers at Beaver Creek, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Beaver Creek are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Beaver Creek is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Beaver Creek, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.8
(1) Beaver Creek usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.9
(1) The staff at Beaver Creek are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Beaver Creek are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.7
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.6
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Beaver Creek has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Beaver Creek, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Beaver Creek, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Beaver Creek, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Beaver Creek has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.2
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.8
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.6
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.4
(1) Overall, Beaver Creek is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.4
(1) Overall, Beaver Creek is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
February 23, 2011
ashley from Canada
Beaver Creek has been a family ski vacation week for years now. Always primo spring skiing. After a fresh dump of snow hit Larkspur lift to warm up with Loco and Shooting Star. Then head over to the chutes with Second Chance being the best drop in and a nice afternoon in the elk glades but make sure you take the initial traverse to the end. Gonna try the hike up this year above the park and the xxx glades above Loco. If you can do Osprey from top to bottom without stopping you have thighs of steel. Biggest bumps can be found at Spider. Best food by far: a nice Italian meal at Ti Amos and if bored of the free granola and boiled eggs, head to route 66 in Avon. Free midnight Saki in the village might hurt the next day or swap in for a cocktail and piano at Splendildos. Cheers and ski deep.
February 01, 2009
Roger Gagliardi from Australia
We have skied Beaver Creek twice now; January 2005 and 2006. It's a hike to get to from Australia. However, it is well worth it as it rates as one of the top 10 resorts in the world. You will find at least one fall line or more off every lift; you are never short on variety. There are runs to suit all standards, especially advanced skiers (Birds of Prey, the fastest mens downhill in the world). There is very little flat traversing here; you can always find a fast way down. The mountain is impeccably groomed, while offering plenty of powder areas. It is especially good after one of the usual overnight powder dumps. The village is good, expensive and lacking in a bit of atmosphere, however, the condos are excellent. It's all ski in-ski out with skiways all through the village. There is always inexpensive variety at Avon, a short 10 minute shuttle away (free shuttle buses run there). Beaver Creek is a well planned and executed resort that is a must in every skier's lifetime.
December 11, 2007
Tasha from United Kingdom
We go to the Beav every year and it's fantastic! Exactly like they say - Beaver Creek: Not exactly roughing it!
February 08, 2007
Kevin Harris from United Kingdom
I have just come back from a 2 week holiday in Colorado and Beaver Creek was one of the best resorts that we went to. There is free parking and regular buses taking you to and from the resort.
Tip; the best place to ski in the mornings is in Arrowhead village. There are some really nice blue runs to warm up on and there is hardly anyone on the slopes (we were really pleased to get this tip when out there.)
There are lots of challenging runs in Beaver including the Birds of Prey downhill course, which is a must if you like a challenge!!
On Thursdays when it gets dark one of the chair lifts open and you can ski down in a long trail of about 50 people holding glow sticks, or watch it from the bar like us. After there is a firework display, weather depending.
One of the best things is when you finish skiing and ski back down to Beaver Creak Village you a greeted with free warm cookies, don't grab loads as there will be more warm one's being offered just round the corner as soon as you've finished one.
Have fun, I did.