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  • 322 in of annual snowfall
  • 1831 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 11440 ft, base 8100 ft
  • 19% beginner, 43% intermediate, 21% advanced, 1% expert
  • Projected opening: 11/27/2013
  • Projected closing: 04/20/2014

Beaver Creek Budget Ski Vacation

While the words ‘budget’ and ‘ Beaver Creek’ aren't commonplace in a sentence, it is possible thanks to lodging deals and affordable dining options in Avon, the town located at the base of the mountain. Avon is brimming with affordable restaurants, bars, activities, hotels and condos. The key to an affordable Beaver Creek ski vacation is to plan ahead, and take the time to find lodging and dining deals, and Ski.com is here to help.  We've compiled some tips to enjoy Beaver Creek on a budget, and trust us, there’s plenty to enjoy.

Affordable Beaver Creek Restaurants

Save some your hard earned money on your Beaver Creek ski vacation and pick up groceries at Avon’s City Market and prepare meals back at your condo. And with a large year-round population you can certainly find plenty of delicious and affordable restaurants in Avon. Penny pincers looking for a great value dining experience should head to Blue Plate in Avon--a high alpine European restaurant serving delicious salads, fondue and authentic, well-reviewed wiener schnitzel. The majority of the entrees at Blue Plate are under $30, so you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy a nice meal during your Beaver Creek ski vacation.

Affordable Beaver Creek Lodging

If a plush atmosphere, convenient location and hotel-like amenities with the privacy of a condo unit—all at a reasonable price—sounds like your dream lodging, then Charter at Beaver Creek [link] is an ideal option. Every room in the unit has a bathroom, plus niceties like ceramic tiles and solid oak woodwork. Guests can choose from one lodge bedrooms all the way up to five bedroom condos with fully equipped kitchens. You’ll also find an indoor pool and outdoor pool and an outdoor hot tub for your leisure enjoyment. Who knew that spending so little so could yield such a great experience? The Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas [link] provides patrons with dual experiences. The property is located in Avon, but guests can access Beaver Creek via the Riverfront Express Gondola, or a shuttle. Staying in Avon provides visitors with easy access to the town’s restaurants and nightlife scene. Plus, everyone loves sleeping in Westin’s signature Heavenly bed.

Affordable Things to Do in Beaver Creek

If you have snowshoes or Nordic skis be sure to bring them on your Beaver Creek ski vacation; lift tickets up to the McCoy Park are only $30. And trust us, its $30 well spent, the park boasts about 20 miles of rustic trails at 10,000 feet, so the Rocky Mountain views are truly spectacular.

If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck from your Beaver Creek lift ticket—which is pricey—then be sure to take advantage of their complimentary on-mountain tour of Beaver Creek’s terrain. Intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders only, as the two hour tour will take guests all over the mountain, helping them acclimate. This is a great opportunity to ask the local guide insider tips and where to go and what to see on a budget.

For some affordable fun in Avon, be sure to go ice skating at town jewel Nottingham Lake, skate rentals are only $8. Or check out the Avon Recreation Center, which features fitness and yoga classes, a lap pool and a lazy river for relaxing. With affordable daily rates the Avon Recreation Center is a great option for families or large groups looking for something inexpensive everyone can enjoy.

Beaver Creek Beginner Skiing

Whether you’re a first time skier or you’ve skied a couple times and are looking to progress your skills in a comfortable way, the Beaver Creek beginner skiing has something for every type of newbie. Plus, the beginner terrain is plentiful; a significant amount—nearly 20-percent—of the trails are green circle, which denotes the easiest way down the mountain on the trail map. Beaver Creek beginner skiing ranges from first time learning zones with magic carpets to fun, meandering trails with great views, to perfect intro to tree skiing terrain. As a beginner skier, safety is probably high on your list when planning a ski vacation, so it’s good to know that Beaver Creek was awarded National Ski Area Association’s Best Overall Safety Awards. There are few ski resorts that can offer a comparable beginner skiing experience.

Beaver Creek Ski School

Beaver Creek Ski School comes highly recommended for any level of skier, but their program for first time skiers is standout. The Beaver Creek Ski School instructors utilize video analysis to help beginner skiers’ progress in a quick, comprehensive manner. Those who opt for private lessons get to keep the DVD of their lesson for review, so they can come back next year ready to tackle a new skill or more difficult terrain.
The main beginner area is located just above the Beaver Creek Village, first time skiers can get used to riding the chairlift for the first time on Highlands Express Lift. If the weather is ever unpleasant—which it rarely is in Colorado—beginner skiers can hop onto the Buckaroo Express Gondola to warm up.

Beaver Creek Beginner Terrain

The majority of Beaver Creek beginner terrain can be found at Bachelor Gulch, the ridge to far looker’s left from the main base area. The area off the Arrowhead Mountain’s Arrow Bahn Express Lift—to skier’s left—also features some great beginner trails. The beauty of Beaver Creek beginner terrain is that skiers aren’t stuck at the bottom of the mountain. Beginner skiers can take Drink of Water Chairlift to the top of the mountain and enjoy flawless beginner ski trails with a spectacular view, like Red Buffalo and Booth Gardens. For laid back meandering trails, check out Dally and Intertwine.

To learn more about Beaver Creek beginner skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Beaver Creek Intermediate Skiing

Beaver Creek is blue-square heaven for an intermediate skier looking for long, sustained runs on meticulously groomed snow. With a variety of ski runs—from steep pitches that serve as the race courses for World Cup skiers to wide-open cruisers made for arching big turns—Beaver Creek intermediate skiing is one of the resort’s best attributes. 
There are more than 805 acres of groomed runs at Beaver Creek, and every single inch is manicured to perfection every single morning. Intermediate skiers, ex-racers with a penchant for corduroy, and visiting skiers flock to the base of Beaver Creek for first chair in the morning, not searching for powder stashes but because the promise of untouched, pristine groomers is too good to sleep in. If you’re a fan of carving turns on freshly groomed snow, or you’re idea of the perfect ski trip involves mind-blowingly long runs on intermediate terrain, Beaver Creek is the spot for you.

Beaver Creek Intermediate Terrain

The Larkspur Express Lift is a great place to use as the epi-center of your Beaver Creek ski trip. Wide-open intermediate terrain rolls throughout the area, and getting to the Birds of Prey chair or Bachelor Gulch lift lower on the mountain are easy from Larkspur. 
Larkspur on its namesake chairlift is a must-ski, Coyote Glade near the Bachelor Gulch lift is an awesome spot for intermediate skiers that like the trees, and if you’re a fan of World Cup Racing, head to the top of the Cinch chairlift and follow the signs for Zoom Room to see where the World Cup downhill takes place.

Also, if you’re on the border between an intermediate and advanced skier, don’t be intimidated by the black diamond classifications throughout Beaver Creek. A freshly groomed black diamond run at Beaver Creek will be an unforgettable experience for any intermediate skier. For example, most of the runs underneath and near the Centennial Express Lift are designated as black diamond, should not be avoided. If you’re an intermediate skier and would like to try skiing black diamond groomers, Beaver Creek is one of the best resorts to progress your skills, especially with the world-renowned Beaver Creek Ski School on hand.

Beaver Creek Mountain Tours

If you’re visiting Beaver Creek for the first time—and are an intermediate to advanced skier or boarder—get your bearings straight with a complimentary guided mountain tour. That way you can optimize your Beaver Creek ski vacation, and spend the time on the terrain that’s best for you. The tours meet at 10 a.m. at the top of the Centennial Express Lift.

To learn more about Beaver Creek intermediate skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Beaver Creek Expert Skiing

The fact that Beaver Creek is widely considered to be an intermediate skier’s paradise is one of the best things it has to offer expert skiers. Think about it: skiers from all over the world associate Beaver Creek with being one of the best mountains for blue-square groomers even though 39-percent of the terrain is technically considered to be “most difficult” on the trail map. 
If you’re on the hunt for a challenge, starving for fresh tracks in powder, or looking for rocks and trees to navigate, Beaver Creek is a sleeper destination. While the masses are sticking to the groomers, those in search of Beaver Creek expert skiing are rewarded with untouched and uncrowded runs right next to the chairlift.

Beaver Creek Tree Skiing

While Beaver Creek may not be widely known as the expert skiing haven—that it is, if you know where to go—it is known for its top-notch, challenging tree skiing. The Royal Elk Glades and Black Bear Glades hug the ski boundary on Grouse Mountain, to the skier’s left off of the chairlift, and both zones are a go-to for locals looking to get away from the crowds and find knee-deep powder.

Beaver Creek Extreme Skiing

For experts in search of Beaver Creek extreme skiing, head to the Stone Creek Chutes. The Chutes are Beaver Creek’s claim to fame with expert skiers looking for pillows to pop, rocks to huck, chutes to straight line, and steep, short pitches to barrel down. You’ll feel like a star in one of Warren Miller’s movies if you are lucky enough to catch the Stone Creek Chutes early on a powder morning!
The go-to for park rats looking to go big off of booters or slide rainbow rails is the Rodeo Terrain Park near the Centennial Lift. This pro-sized park is rails and boxes, hips and jumps.

Beaver Creek Birds of Prey Downhill

Most expert skiers love Beaver Creek because of the uber-steep groomers on hand. World Cup ski racers test their mettle every year on the iconic steeps and rolls of Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey run. As the only World Cup race in the U.S., the Birds of Prey course has garnered a reputation for challenging the world’s best downhill men. Expert skiers get to sample the run whenever they want thanks to Beaver Creek’s grooming team. While you don’t have to wear a speed suit, or reach speeds faster than 60 mph, you will get a feel for the World Cup downhill experience after arching turns on Birds of Prey. 

To learn more about Beaver Creek expert skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Beaver Creek Family Ski Vacation

Every family member will be doted upon during a Beaver Creek family ski vacation. With ski runs, programs, ski lessons, hotels and restaurants focused on the family experience, Beaver Creek is a fantastic option if you’re looking to make lasting memories with your family. Plus, Beaver Creek village is a self-contained ski resort, meaning it’s safe for kids to roam and explore, while parents relax.

Beaver Creek Family Lodging

Just steps from the beginner Strawberry Park chairlift, you’ll find The Osprey, a family-friendly mountain lodge with both hotel rooms and suites. The pool and patio area are sure to please the whole family, with an outdoor pool and relaxing outdoor hot tub. Pine Lodge, A RockResort property, is conveniently situated, allowing families to ski in, ski out. The outdoor pool and hot tub are big draws for the whole family. Market Square is only 30 yards from the base area chairlifts and sits right in front of the ice skating rink, making it the perfect property for families. The charming, rustic Mckoy Peak Lodge [link] is located slopeside, just steps from beginner chair, Highlands Lift 2, and offers family-friendly amenities, like an outdoor pool and hot tub.

Beaver Creek Family Skiing

With nearly 1,000 groomed acres (out of Beaver Creek’s 1,800 total acres) every run from mellow cruisers to steep world cup courses is pristine, which is sure to please the whole family. Runs like Powell, Mystic Maze, and Jack Rabbit Alley are designed for beginner skiers, children and families to enjoy together, and all three runs are easily accessed by the Drink of Water chairlift. The trees and moguls on the higher part of the mountain, surrounding the Birds of Prey and Grouse Mountain express lifts, combined with four terrain parks, makes a Beaver Creek family ski trip an easy decision.

Beaver Creek Ski School

The Ranch at Beaver Creek, located at the top of Buckaroo Express Gondola, is a 4,000-square-foot ski school center devoted to children. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is the normal, run of the mill, on-mountain hut, either; The Ranch is a high-tech hub for world-class instruction. Flat-screen televisions hang on the walls, giving instructors a place to show video footage from the ski lesson, the kitchen dishes out healthy, delicious meals that the kids will rave about and parents will appreciate.

This state-of-the-art facility makes Beaver Creek one of the best spots in North America for children to learn how to ski. Similarly, the Buckaroo Express Gondola is solely for children in ski school.

Beaver Creek Cookies 

Another perfect example of Beaver Creek’s approach to welcoming families takes place every afternoon during the winter, without fail. At 3 p.m. the entire base village at Beaver Creek is blanketed in the sweet smell of freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies. In fact, 495,000 fresh cookies are served every year at Beaver Creek. Children will love freshly baked cookies greeting them after skiing; après takes on whole new meaning for kids in Beaver Creek! 

Beaver Creek Luxury Ski Vacation

Aside from pristine groomers, Beaver Creek excels in catering to those with a penchant for the finer things in life. Every facet of a luxury Beaver Creek ski vacation is brimming with high end options and amenities from luxury lodging options to the on mountain skiing or snowboarding experience to shopping and art boutiques. Beaver Creek is among the best when it comes to catering to high-end clientele. No aspect is overlooked, from a relaxing massage to a guided mountain tour to fresh baked cookies at the end of your ski day.

Beaver Creek Luxury Lodging

If you’re looking for a truly world-class experience, few properties can compare with Ritz Carlton Penthouses in Beaver Creek. These luxurious penthouses are located slopeside in Beaver Creek’s Bachelor Gulch area. As you’d expect from a Ritz Carlton property no details—or expense—are spared. The penthouses offer guests spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchens and formal dining areas. The expansive bedroom suites features with private bathrooms of Italian marble, complete with steam showers, heated floors, and two-person whirlpool tubs. Guests will also appreciate the newly renovated rooms that capture Rocky Mountain textures, themes and colors, as well as the revamped restaurant and bar, and cigar club room. The views are exceptional too, with private outdoor terraces and balconies that afford panoramic mountain valley or ski mountain views.  The full-service health spa will ensure you’re as relaxed and rejuvenated as possible on your Beaver Creek ski vacation. Park Hyatt—located in the heart of Beaver Creek Village—caters to guests with penchant for the finer things. Their newly designed rooms offer guests oversized beds with soft, fluffy comforters and marble baths. Other amenities at this upscale Beaver Creek hotel include the full-service Allegria Spa, indoor/outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness facilities.

Beaver Creek vacationers looking for upmarket ski in, ski out condos have a variety of choices in the Bachelor Gulch area too.

Beaver Creek Fine Dining

With nearly a dozen renowned, fine dining options in Beaver Creek, choosing one can be daunting. Wolfgang Puck’s Spago [OT link] at the Ritz Carlton tops the Beaver Creek fine dining charts, with an assortment of international gourmet favorites, an extensive wine list and cosmopolitan ambiance and décor. Splendido at the Chauteu has ranked as a favorite among Beaver Creek diners for about 20 years thanks to its exceptional American-European fare, views and atmosphere. For families with finer tastes, you’ll want to make a reservation at Beano’s Cabin. This rustic dining lodge is nestled in between Grouse Mountain and Larkspur Bowl and accessed via a snowcat drawn sleigh. There is a child-friendly menu for the early seating. Mirabelle in Avon and Grouse Mountain Grill also two  must-try’s for anyone looking to experience all the Beaver Creek fine dining scene has to offer.

 And if you’re willing to jump in a cab or pre-arrange a shuttle, you can peruse the fine dining option in Vail.

Beaver Creek Nightlife

Most would say that the Beaver Creek nightlife pales in comparison to neighboring Vail, but with so many locals living in nearby Avon and the world-class Vilar Performing Arts Center to add a little culture to the after-hours scene, there’s plenty of evening activities and hot spots to keep night hawks entertained.

Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek 

Experience big city performances way up in a quaint Rocky Mountain ski village at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. This 530-seat theater is owned and operated by local nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation. You can expect world-class, year-round performances ranging from classic rock, pop, and Broadway musicals to ballet and classical concerts.

Beaver Creek Après Ski

While it may not the rowdiest nightlife hotspot, Beaver Creek’s après ski should not be dismissed. Many of the bars and restaurants in the Beaver Creek Village have great patios, perfect for sunning on warmer spring skiing days. The Coyote Cafe, located in the base village just around the corner from the Promenade, is a popular scene with locals and visitors alike. Saddle up at the bar, high tables, or outdoor patio for tasty margaritas, beers and hearty Mexican fare. If you’re looking to mingle with locals and put down a beer, or four, head to The Dusty Boot Saloon and Steakhouse, which has some of the best après specials in town.

For higher-end après ski enjoyment stop in at the Beaver Creek Chophouse. You’ll find an exceptional slopeside patio and an extensive martini and infused vodka menu.

Beaver Creek Bars

Unless there’s a special event going on, the Beaver Creek bar scene quiets down after dinner, so if exploring the local nightlife is high on your list, hop on the free bus and head to Avon. For the best live music you’ll want to plan a night at Agave. It’s a wildly popular hangout for young locals, as native Colorado bands and DJs perform often. The dance floor and stage are a unique experience, as patrons can enjoy a view from above of performers—and dancers—via a second floor balcony. You can find a wide variety of tequilas to choose from, and grab a bite to eat if you come early. If you’re looking for more low-key nightlife head to Bob’s Place for some casual billiards, draft beers, bar food and sports games.

If you’re looking to save a couple bucks, and mingle with locals check out Loaded Joe’s Coffeehouse and Lounge in Avon. Daily specials, happy hour, trivia night and local DJ sets, make this a great place to truly experience the local party scene.

Beaver Creek Lodging

As a high-end ski resort standout, you can imagine that the Beaver Creek lodging options trend towards world-class hotels with countless amenities, luxury ski in, ski out condos, and million dollar slopeside homes.  Beaver Creek has no shortage of luxury lodging options, but its close proximity the towns of Avon and Edwards allow for plenty of inexpensive and middle-range accommodations as well.

Beaver Creek Hotels

The Westin Riverfront Mountain Village  may be a shuttle or gondola ride away from Beaver Creek’s slopes, but a luxurious view of the Eagle River and a 23,000 square-foot spa make up for it. A stacked list of amenities including an outdoor pool and hot tub, restaurants, bars and a ski shop, to name a few, make a stay at the Westin Riverfront Mountain Village an easy decision. Plus the hotel is conveniently located in Avon, the town at the base of Beaver Creek, which provides guests opportune access to the town’s activities, dining scene and nightlife.

If you’re looking for an affordable ski in, ski out option Beaver Creek’s Borders Lodge is sure to satisfy your wallet and well as your desire for convenience. This condominium property offers guests a wide variety of amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, concierge serves and fitness facilities. Townsend Place is another affordable and conveniently placed lodging option. All of the property’s condos are slopeside or less than 250 yards from the slopes. 

Beaver Creek vacationers with an appreciation and budget for world-class lodging will revel in what Ritz Carlton Penthouses at Bachelor Gulch have to offer: spacious living areas and rooms, hard-wood floors, vaulted ceilings, marble bathrooms, whirlpool tubs, epic balcony views, an incredible 21,000 square-foot full-service spa, the list goes on. 



Things To Do in Beaver Creek

If your legs need a break from skiing Beaver Creek’s outstanding groomers, there’s plenty of off mountain things to do in Beaver Creek. From family-friendly outdoor activities, to events that teens will appreciate to shopping and poking around in art galleries at Beaver Creek’s quaint village, there’s something to occupy nearly every interest. And if you want to explore more of the local area, don’t forget about Avon, the town located at the base of the ski resort.

Beaver Creek Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities in Beaver Creek aren’t relegated to alpine skiing; in fact, the Nordic skiing is among the best in the world thanks to McCoy Park’s 20 miles of trail. McCoy Park, located atop the Bachelor Gulch Express Lift, sits at 10,000 feet and provides cross-country skiers with incredible views of the Gore Range mountains. Equipment rentals and trail information can be found at the Nordic Sports Center, which is located at the base of the Strawberry Park Lift.

For more winter fun, head to Beaver Creek’s snow tubing hill just below The Ranch, the ski school facilities, which is accessed via the Buckaroo Express Gondola. Consider an afternoon at Beaver Creek’s scenic ice skating rink, which is located in the main village plaza. You’ll find cozy fire pits around the rink to warm yourself up, and there’s often themed ice skating nights.

Things To Do in Avon

Since there are numerous Beaver Creek visitors and  a year-round population over 6,000, you can imagine that there’s plenty to do in Avon. One of the best places to visit is the Avon Recreation Center, which has a lap pool, a lazy river to relax in and a stacked schedule of fitness classes. If you haven’t had enough of outdoor winter activities, head to Avon’s town jewel Nottingham Lake, for hockey and ice skating.

Beaver Creek Restaurants

If enjoying world-class meals in world-class settings are high on your list during your ski vacation, then Beaver Creek restaurants are sure to please. From high-end wine lists, old and new world cuisine to affordable eats, Beaver Creek has a dining option for everyone.

Beaver Creek Dining

With a slogan like Beaver Creek’s “Not exactly roughing it,” you can imagine that the options for fine dining in Beaver Creek are plentiful. Legendary Chef Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, located in the Ritz Carlton at Bachelor Gulch, and is considered to be one of the best Beaver Creek restaurants. The menu is sure to enchant every palate with delicious international favorites ranging from duck confit to sashimi to Colorado raised lamb chops and Mainediver scallops. The well-rounded menu combined with Spago’s extraordinary wine list, décor, service and ambiance, will delight even the most critical foodie.

If you’re looking for a unique fine dining experience then Beano’s Cabin is a must. Diners are whisked from the bottom of the Beaver Creek Stables via an open-air sleigh—pulled by a snowcat— up to the restaurant, which is located near the Larkspur Lift. You can expect live music, rustic Western décor and a cozy atmosphere thanks to a roaring fire place. Beano’s is a great option for a fun family night out, as there’s an early-seating menu designed especially for children. Adults can enjoy a five course meal and an incredible wine list.

Other notable Beaver Creek fine dining options include Splendido, SaddleRidg and Mirabelle Restaurant.

While there is more higher-end restaurants than not, Beaver Creek has plenty of affordable dining options for visitors on a budget. Blue Moose, located in the Beaver Creek Village, offers some great pizza, salads and plenty of Colorado draft beers at a reasonable rate. Local hotspot Blue Plate, in Avon is great restaurant if you’re looking for something a little more formal, with exceptional value for price. For a popular happy hour scene, extensive wine list and quality food, head to Vin 48 in Avon.

On Mountain Beaver Creek Restaurants

The Beaver Creek village offers plenty of options for mid-skiing snacks or lunch, but if you’re looking to make the most of your time on Beaver Creek slopes, you’ll want to eat on the mountain. To please everyone’s palate in your group or family, head to Mamie’s Mountain Grill, located at the top of Bachelor Gulch. You can “grill your own” Colorado lamp or chicken, or opt for burgers, European hot dogs or soup.  Even the pickiest eater will find something to enjoy at Spruce Saddle Lodge, located at the top of the Centennial Express Lift, which offers an assortment of soups, sandwiches, pizza and even sushi. If time is of the essence head to Red Tail Camp for deli and BBQ options, like a pork burger or bratwurst. 

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