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Colorado Ski Resorts: Keystone, Vail, and Beaver Creek

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Beaver Creek Colorado Ski Resort
Beaver Creek Village.  Photo © Jack Affleck, Beaver Creek Resort.
Beaver Creek Village. Photo © Jack Affleck, Beaver Creek Resort.
Beaver Creek is an upscale destination in the Colorado Rockies with over 1800 skiable acres, vertical drop of 4040', and a base elevaton of 8100 feet.  Location is 8 miles west of Vail, and lift tickets can be used at both resorts.

Beaver Creek offers three areas where guests can stay at the foot of ski lifts: Beaver Creek village; Bachelor Gulch village, which has a Ritz Carlton resort just steps from the lift; and Arrowhead resort which is at the foot of excellent long blue runs. Beaver Creek has a golf course as well. About.com's Guide for Skiing has a profile of Beaver Creek.

A few points to note:

  • Kids Programs: Beaver Creek is known for great kids' programs and has a dedicated kids' area on the mountain with its own "Buckaroo Express" kids' gondola and a kids' restaurant.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies: Chefs serve warm chocolate cookies every day at 3 p.m.* at the base of the Centennial chairlift (very near the Buckaroo Express.)
  • Evening Performances: The Vilar Center for Performing Arts is conveniently located in the Beaver Creek village and offers frequent concerts.
  • Ice Rink: Kids can skate at the ice rink in the village.
  • Stay at a Hotel Just Steps From a Lift: At the family-friendly Osprey at Beaver Creek (a RockResort), guests can store gear with the helpful valet right by the door, step outside and board a ski lift. The Osprey is also just a minute away from Beaver Creek's village of shops and restaurants-- though guests may prefer their meals on-site, as dining is both family-friendly and top-rate. This is a boutique hotel with a friendly lounge area and a big-screen tv and Wii.
As with Vail, guests at Beaver Creek can fly into either Denver International Airport or the much-nearer Eagle County airport. Guests arriving at Eagle can ski free on the day of their flight, by showing a boarding pass.

Find flights to Eagle County Airport or Denver International Airport.

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