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Colorado Ski Resorts: Keystone, Vail, and Beaver Creek

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Colorado Ski Resorts: Introduction to Vail Resorts
Beaver Creek, Strawberry Park run. Photo © Jack Affleck, Beaver Creek Resort.
Beaver Creek Colorado Ski Resort, Strawberry Park. Photo © Jack Affleck, Beaver Creek Resort.
The Colorado Rockies are a dream destination for skiers and boarders. Read about Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts -- all part of Vail Resorts.

Vail Resorts Background: Vail Resorts operates these three popular ski destinations as well as Breckenridge (also in Colorado) and several ski resorts in California. Vail Resorts also owns RockResorts, which has properties at ski destinations and in other locations including the Caribbean. Vail Resorts makes a prominent commitment to sustainability. For example, a program at Beaver Creek aims to eliminate nearly all plastic water bottles in guest rooms and food and beverage operations.

Ski at All: A benefit of the common ownership of Keystone, Vail, and Beaver Creek is that lift tickets and seasons' passes are good at one and all. Season passes are well-priced and if visitors plan to visit more than once, they'd do well to buy an "early bird" pass sold in the springtime for the following ski season. Visitors can also rent gear at one destination, and return at another. (And the rental shops are quick and efficient.) 

Track Your Runs with EpicMix: A cool EpicMix App keeps track of how many vertical feet you've skied.

Getting to the Slopes: Keystone ski resort and Breckenridge are in Summit County; driving distance from Denver International Airport to Keystone is about 90 miles. Vail Resort and Beaver Creek, meanwhile, are just 8 miles apart, in Eagle County; distance from Denver Airport is 130 miles. Both snow conditions and heavy traffic can add travel time to trips from the airport. Visitors to Beaver Creek and Vail can also fly into the nearby Eagle County Airport. Cost may be a bit more, but airport-to-slope time is excellent, and guests can ski free on the day of their flight, by showing a boarding pass.*

-- Find flights to Eagle County Airport or Denver International Airport.

Keep in Mind: Elevation is high, in the Colorado Rockies. At Keystone, for example, base elevation is 9280'. You or your kids may experience some mild symptoms of altitude sickness for a day or two -- see tips for avoiding altitude sickness for skiers.

- continue to Keystone Colorado Ski Resort

*Always check destination websites for updates.

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