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  • Beaver Creek Resort (Avon, CO)



    Date of visit: March 2012

    Review:
    I hit Beaver Creek with the family for an end of the season spring trip last year. After one of the worst winters on record for the area (snow shortage) we were unsure of what to expect. While the weather was warm, snow was in short supply, and there were only about 30% of the trails open we could not have been more satisfied with our time there. Where most resorts may have blamed the weather Beaver Creek made limoncello out of the lemons that mother nature had handed them. By the end of each day the conditions where rough but with an army of groomers we awoke each morning to perfect corduroy and beautiful blue skies. If you are a cruiser and like long smooth runs this place will be heaven to you.

    For the staff and facilities they also get an A+. Everyone was friendly, everything was clean, and the whole resort seemed focused on creating the perfect vacation for their guest. It's a bit like Disney World level of service without the mouse ears and tourists in shorts. If I had one complaint it would be that their "Not Exactly Roughing It" motto is basically code for "Not Exactly Cheap". High resort standards come with a steep price tag but at least you are assured that you'll get what you paid for.

    Skiboarder specific tips:
    Like I mentioned above the Beav is a cruiser's paradise. If you are a rider that likes long smooth rides this one's for you. I was with two small kids so we didn't really get a chance to try any of the terrain parks so others will have to comment on those. The resort is pretty easy to navigate with skiboards as everything flows well. There are a few cattracks where you'll encounter long flat spots that you'll have to skate if you don't use poles. Lift lines were minimal while we where there and lift areas are set-up well so you are not skating uphill or downhill while waiting for the next chair.

    Non skiboarding activities:
    Beaver Creek has a huge maintained and lift accessed Nordic sports park. If you like or want to try cross country skiing or snowshoeing this place is awesome. They have a nice tubing run for snowtubing with the family but will cannibalize the snow from this area to maintain skiing if the weather is bad so it may not be open late in the season. Outside the resort there is no shortage of outdoor Colorado sports (snowmobiling, hiking, fishing, etc..) plus Vail is just a short bus ride if you are looking for new terrain (and your lift tix are good there -- same ownership).

    Dining/Food:
    Beaver Creek has tons of fine dining that go along with it's high resort standards. My family tends to lean toward more casual places so we avoided most of them. If you are like us I suggest you hit the Blue Moose Pizza down in the Village for a great wood fired pizza. If you love craft beer head out of the resort and hit Gore Range Brewery in Edwards. I don't know if there is an In-n-Out nearby so the Junk Show crew may be out of luck?

    Lodging:
    You don't have to pay the resort village premium to get convenient access to Beaver Creek. We had family that stayed in an on mountain resort but we opted to stay at the Sheraton down in Avon. It was much cheaper and accessing the mountain was just as easy with free door-to-door public shuttle bus service provided by the Town of Avon.

    Summary:
    I would recommend Beaver Creek to anyone looking for outstanding mountain conditions and a great family vacation. You may pay a little more for it but you'll get what you paid for. If you are doing a long trip there and riding a whole week look for an Epic Pass or Epic 7 Day Pass before the season starts to help get your lift ticket costs down.
    Last edited by Greco; 02-13-2013, 01:33 PM.
    Boards:
    2016 Spruce tuned Head Jr. Caddys - 131cm
    2013 Spruce "CTS" 120s
    2010 Spruce "Yellow/Red" 120s
    2018 Spruce "CTS" Crossbows - 115cm
    2016 RVL8 Spliffs - 109cm
    2008 RVL8 Revolt "City" - 105cm
    2017 RVL8 Sticky Icky Icky - 104cm
    2011 Defiance Blades - 101cm

  • #2
    Thanks for the review. We are headed to Beaver Creek the end of January. I'm really looking forward to it. We are also planning to do Vail & Keystone while we are there. These Epic ski passes sure are coming in handy this year. Getting pretty stoked.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by mhook View Post
      Thanks for the review. We are headed to Beaver Creek the end of January. I'm really looking forward to it. We are also planning to do Vail & Keystone while we are there. These Epic ski passes sure are coming in handy this year. Getting pretty stoked.
      Cool! Enjoy the trip. The Beav is my happy place but I won't get out there until March this year. Tell them to save some snow for me!
      Boards:
      2016 Spruce tuned Head Jr. Caddys - 131cm
      2013 Spruce "CTS" 120s
      2010 Spruce "Yellow/Red" 120s
      2018 Spruce "CTS" Crossbows - 115cm
      2016 RVL8 Spliffs - 109cm
      2008 RVL8 Revolt "City" - 105cm
      2017 RVL8 Sticky Icky Icky - 104cm
      2011 Defiance Blades - 101cm

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Wookie View Post
        Cool! Enjoy the trip. The Beav is my happy place but I won't get out there until March this year. Tell them to save some snow for me!
        I'm looking forward to shredding at BC also. Have you been to any other of the Vail owned resorts, Vail, Keystone, or Breck? What about Arapahoe Basin? AB is included with the Epic Pass but isn't listed as one of the Vail owned resorts. I'm not sure why that is.

        Skiboards:
        2013 Spruce Sherpas w/Tyrolia Peak 11s
        2015 RVL8 Blunt XLs w/Tyrolia Attack 13s
        2018 Spruce Crossbows w/Tyrolia Peak 11s
        2017 RVL8 Sticky Icky Ickys w/Tyrolia SX 10s


        Boots:
        Salomon X-Pro 80

        Past boards: Salomon Snowblades, Line MNPs 89 & 98 cm, Five-Os, Bullets, Jedis, Spruce 120s, LE 125s, Ospreys
        Summit 110s, Nomads, Jades, RVL8 ALPs, BWPs, KTPs, Tanshos, Rockets, DLPs, Blunts, Condors, RCs, Revolts, Spliffs

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        • #5
          Originally posted by sempai View Post
          I'm looking forward to shredding at BC also. Have you been to any other of the Vail owned resorts, Vail, Keystone, or Breck? What about Arapahoe Basin? AB is included with the Epic Pass but isn't listed as one of the Vail owned resorts. I'm not sure why that is.
          Other than the Beav I have only skied Vail just one day. The best advice I have for Vail is to resist the urge to hang out in the back bowls all the time. The back bowls are awesome but there is some amazing riding on the frontside. Also if you are looking for something different to break up you trip Vail offers guided ski bike tours. My brother-in-law did this and loved it.

          For A-bay they were owned by Vail for a period up to 1997. They sold it to get away from monopoly charges from the Justice Dept but I am not sure why they honor the Epic pass. I am sure they have some agreement with Vail.


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          Boards:
          2016 Spruce tuned Head Jr. Caddys - 131cm
          2013 Spruce "CTS" 120s
          2010 Spruce "Yellow/Red" 120s
          2018 Spruce "CTS" Crossbows - 115cm
          2016 RVL8 Spliffs - 109cm
          2008 RVL8 Revolt "City" - 105cm
          2017 RVL8 Sticky Icky Icky - 104cm
          2011 Defiance Blades - 101cm

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          • #6
            Arapahoe basin

            Originally posted by sempai View Post
            I'm looking forward to shredding at BC also. Have you been to any other of the Vail owned resorts, Vail, Keystone, or Breck? What about Arapahoe Basin? AB is included with the Epic Pass but isn't listed as one of the Vail owned resorts. I'm not sure why that is.
            Scott, A bay rocks. Some hairy expert stuff. Only 10% beginner. My go to place because it's close and Extra friendly. Back up to the lift, pull out your lawn chairs. Turn on your BBQ drop a keg in the snow. Can't do that in many places. I know you'll be out soon. Go on a weekday. Never any lines if your there before 8:30 you can back up to the lifts .
            Sherpas
            Spruce 120's
            Spruce Risers
            12 Tecnica Crossfire 100

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