Mountain Tour: Beaver Creek

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Your first move each morning should be to grab the grooming report. What you learn can dictate your day. There'sno part of Beaver Creek—including the Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead areas—that doesn't offer a tame bailout. At the same time, there's plenty of rough-and-rumble for experts. For a great start, head up the Centennial quad and then Cinch Express (formerly Birds of Prey) for good views and warm-up cruisers on Powell, Piney and Shephorn. Try Rose Bowl for some steeper fun in quick bites. For some real challenge, there's Golden Eagle, Peregrine and adjacent Grouse Mountain, which is usually ungroomed, with bumps and steeps that delight experts, including lots of locals escaping the Vail crowds. Larkspur is an open bowl with tight chutes off to its left. Another option: Hop the Birds of Prey lift (formerly Westfall) and cruise through moderately challenging tree clusters onHarrier and Stickline. Beginners love Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead, which are easily reached, and also Latigo and Gold Rush, near the village.