Experience an amazing ski vacation—the ski areas that you can enjoy here are frequently cited by World Cup racers as their favorite place to compete. If the experts in the world of skiing are saying that they love to compete on the slopes of Beaver Creek, then there’s definitely something to this place!
One of the reasons it is so highly thought of by seasoned competitors is the amount of care that goes into the grooming of the mountain. An incredible amount of effort goes into making sure that all of the ski runs are in the best condition possible. The Bachelor Gulch area offers gentle slopes, which are carefully maintained and manicured, making for an easy ride that can be slow and relaxed or fast depending on how you want to ski. Larkspur and Rose Bowl offer more intermediate level enjoyment, while Grouse Mountain gives you steep slopes and bumps to navigate with care.
Each of these parts of the ski resort is kept in top condition by a staff of 52 operators who work 10-hour shifts to keep the slopes covered in the right kind of snow. Every day 776 acres of the resort are groomed and every season 106,000 acres of grooming work is done in total, making it one of the best kept places in the world.
The entire ski area is entirely powered by wind, making it one of the most environmental-friendly places you are likely to ski. Avon, Colorado is the true mountain resort area. Settled in the mountains, the lights of the town shine on the white snow illuminating the night. Here you will enjoy fine dining to classic American cuisine. Local bakeries, tasty sushi, honky-tonk style steakhouse, the list goes on. Enjoy local artists, live jazz, concerts, and events throughout the season. The towns of Vail and Edwards are not far, giving you so many options to enjoy night life and entertainment for your entire group.
Beaver Creek is one of the most popular winter resorts around; as the host to the annual Birds of Prey Men’s World Cup, it has a reputation to uphold, and it maintains that reputation, with a very capable staff of groomers who keep the slopes in pristine condition. The vertical rise of the mountain is 1,200 meters and an incredible number of trails, over 145 trails, give you so many options to explore on your next trip. Even if you try a different trail each time you might not get to see them all by the end of your ski vacation. Professional skiers say it is one of their favorite winter resorts and you’ll see why!
There are four terrain parks in all and also a superpipe where you can pull off strong aerial moves after building up a lot of speed. The terrain parks include Park 101, the Zoom Room, Moonshine Terrain Park and the Lumber Yard. The Barrel Stave Superpipe along the way will help you get aerial and give you a good workout whatever style of snowboarding tricks you like to try.
There are a lot of great places to eat and to relax after hours in the area as well. The mountains are divided into three—Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch, and Arrowhead. You can have a great time in any of these towns, the biggest difference between the three areas lies in the kind of slopes that you will find there and the overall level of challenge you can expect. Bachelor Gulch gives you the easier time when you are on the slopes with the most relaxing paths that are gently curved and allow you the freedom to go at whatever speed you like. With Bachelor Gulch you can take your time and relax if you want to, or you can go full speed ahead and simply enjoy the easy graded surfaces of the Bachelor Gulch trails, while putting your full weight onto the board. The central parts of Beaver Creek offer you a range of challenge levels from beginner through intermediate and on to the beginnings of the expert level trails. This part of the winter resort is the most balanced and a good place to base your winter vacation around if you are enjoying the mountain in a group and want everyone to be able to meet up after they enjoy their respective trails at different challenge levels. Arrowhead gives you the most challenge with plenty of expert-level trails and several double black diamond rated paths that will offer a strong challenge even to experienced snowboarders. If you are looking to test your skill, Arrowhead is your best bet.