Beaver Creek Ski Resort
- Type: Skiing
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Located about 13 miles west of Vail in Avon, Colo., the Beaver Creek Ski Resort is the newest kid on the block. Still, since it opened in 1980 Beaver Creek has earned a reputation as a premier ski destination that rivals the heavyweight Vail Ski Resort (even though they're both owned by the same Vail Resorts). Today, Beaver Creek offers winter travelers 1,815 acres of skiable terrain (about half of which is devoted to novice and intermediate skiers), 149 trails and 4,040 feet of vertical rise. Plus, the renowned ski and snowboard school makes this venue a great place to spark your kids' love of snow or to refresh your own skills. Past visitors also recommend stopping by just to stroll around Beaver Creek Village, which is known for its contemporary atmosphere and its wide variety of shops and restaurants.
Although the Vail Ski Resort still reigns supreme, recent visitors strongly recommend a change of scenery. As one Yelp.com user writes, "Fresh powder, no lift lines, wide-open mountain with plenty of intermediate runs to explore, a cute little village, plenty of restaurants and resorts to choose from... it's heaven!"
Beaver Creek opens its slopes at the end of November, and snow-lovers can take advantage of the runs until early April. The lifts open every day at 9 a.m. and remain in service until 4 p.m. Three-day lift tickets range from $186 to $279 for adults, depending on the season. You should note that lift passes purchased at Beaver Creek also grant you access to the Vail Ski Resort. Learn more at the Beaver Creek Ski Resort website.