Beaver Creek’s reputation precedes it. Not a bad thing when what you’re known for is excellent grooming, lots of family terrain, one of the best ski schools in the industry, beautiful hotels, top-notch service, and delicious dining—on-mountain and off. Did we mention the free cookies served at the base at day’s end? The skiing itself is largely underrated—most visitors come expecting wide, groomed boulevards and mostly mellow terrain. And they leave satisfied, but so do those who come looking for world-class steeps (Birds of Prey, the men’s World Cup downhill), bumps (anything on Grouse Mountain), and extreme terrain (Stone Creek Chutes).
And while Beaver Creek has always been a great place to learn, it got even better with the debut of McCoy Park last season. (This is in addition to Haymeadow Park and Red Buffalo Park, the resort’s other mountaintop beginner areas.)
No matter your skiing ability, everyone congregates in the cute village for a glide on the skating rink, drinks, dinner, or a stroll through an art gallery. There’s nothing wrong with expectations, especially when they’re met.
No. 15 in the West: Beaver Creek Resort, Colo.
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Beaver Creek is on the Epic Pass. Pass holder get unlimited access to the resort, while Epic Local Pass holders get 10 blackout-restricted days between Beaver Creek and Vail.
From lodging and and dining to off-slope activities and local tips, here are the SKI editors’ picks for what to do in Beaver Creek, Colo.
Last season’s expansion into McCoy Park added 250 skiable acres of lift-served beginner and intermediate terrain. While the skiing is mellow, the mountaintop setting, widely-spaced trees, and lovely views make it a worthy stop for all levels of skiers.
Stone Creek Chutes serve up arguably some of the best in-bounds steep-n-deep terrain anywhere, and negates the argument that the Beav is all corduroy. (But go early; the entrance closes at 2:30 p.m.)
If the weather cooperates, snag a patio table at the Beaver Creek Chophouse for sunny slope views.
Take a 20-minute sleigh ride through snowy aspen groves to Beano’s Cabin, tucked into the base of Larkspur Bowl. Named after Frank Bienkowski, an original homesteader here, Beano’s has been setting the fine-dining standard for more than 30 years.
Local favorite Coyote Café got a facelift over the summer and reopens for the coming season with a new look, but the same great Mexican menu. Try the giant quesadillas, pork green chili, or house-made Elote Bites, fried fire-roasted corn kernel and cheese, served with chipotle ranch.
The sugary trio of the Candy Cabin, the Ice Cream Parlor, and the Cookie Cabin satisfy your sweet tooth with on-mountain ski breaks designed to delight the littles. Find out their locations on the mountain here.
Bird of Prey, when it’s freshly brushed. Period.
Settle in for a Euro-style leisurely lunch at SaddleRidge. The food is divine.
Stay at the Ritz-Carlton and get the Bachelor Gulch slopes mostly to yourself.
Cruise down Centennial with the whole crew—three miles of perfect blue corduroy that exemplify the Beav’s superior grooming standards.
On Monday, Vail Resorts announced a location-based mobile and web app, called Epic Mix. The company's Interactive Director, Mike Slone, sat down with us to discuss check-ins, pins, and where digital experience collides with a typical ski day.
It is still dumping snow across the west. Tahoe is getting hammered with feet upon feet of snow. Grand Targhee, Snowbird, Silverton Mountain, Alyeska—they're all getting snow. Winter isn't over—get out and ski powder while you still can.