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Skiing Beaver Creek picture in Vail
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Located about 13 miles west of Vail in Avon, Colorado, the Beaver Creek Resort is the newer 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 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), 150 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's three villages, which are known for their contemporary atmosphere and wide variety of shops and restaurants.

Although the Vail Ski Resort still reigns supreme, recent visitors strongly recommend a change of scenery. Those traveling with young children especially appreciated the ski school and the excellent conditions. Similar to Vail Ski Resort, Beaver Creek also hosts a variety of summer activities, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and scenic chairlift rides, among other outdoor adventures. 

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. One-day lift tickets start at $108 for adults and $75 for children, and range depending on the month and day. You should note that multiday lift passes purchased at Beaver Creek also grant you access to the Vail Ski Resort (along with Vail Resorts other properties). During the summer (June through September), the resort welcomes visitors daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individual activity tickets for the resort's summer facilities cost $14 each; an all-day adventure pass costs $90 for adults and $75 for kids. Learn more at the Beaver Creek Resort website.

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Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa

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The Charter at Beaver Creek

The Charter at Beaver Creek ...

  • 0.2 Miles Away
  • 3.5-star Hotel Class
Beaver Creek Lodge

Beaver Creek Lodge ...

  • 0.1 Miles Away
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
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#1 Hiking Though Vail's ski terrain receives much of the spotlight, the area's many hiking trails are just as impressive. If you've got a car, you may want to ... Read more » Jack Affleck / Getty Images

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Though Vail's ski terrain receives much of the spotlight, the area's many hiking trails are just as impressive.  Jack Affleck / Getty Images

The Vail Ski Resort welcomes about 350 inches of snowfall each year. Jack Affleck / Vail Ski Resort

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Straddling the Arkansas River about 30 miles south of Vail, the Holy Cross Wilderness Area makes for a great daytrip during the warmer months. clare_and_ben / Flickr

Beaver Creek boasts 1,815 acres of skiable terrain Jack Affleck / Beaver Creek Resort

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If you're looking for an adrenaline-fueled, warm-weather activity, you may want to heed the advice of recent visitors and book a river rafting and tubing trip.  ranplett / Getty Images

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