The tagline for Beaver Creek is 'not exactly roughing it,' and I'd say that's pretty damn accurate.
Walking around Beaver Creek village you'll spot plenty of comfy sofas surrounding gas fire pits. Free water is always available and at 3pm every day, chefs walk out with trays of freshly baked cookies for you to eat until you feel sick. But let's talk about the snow. To reach the chairlift you can take the escalators, and yes you read that right. Escalators! At the top of the chairlift you will be handed a free hot chocolate, so it's cocoa and corduroy from there.
On the riding front, Beaver has it all. It dumped with snow overnight so we shot off early from Vail to make sure we claimed first lift. There was over a foot of fresh snow which was long awaited since Colorado had been having a lean spell. For those that have not been to Colorado before, the snow compared to Europe is also known as Champagne powder. It’s super light and fluffy, leaving massive rooster tails in your wake which makes way more white room when you make your turns. We took the first chair all the way to the top and worked our way down through the trees, cutting in and out of some roped off areas to find the good stuff.
At one point, we were shooting past the ski patrol they shouted to us to stop. They wanted to let us know that they were about to drop the rope on a run which hadn’t been open all season. We wondered where everyone else was whilst we were slashing big sprays for days! The only noises we could hear were the whoops and hollers of happiness as everyone chose their lines through the pow. We kept lapping until it was tracked out and headed for refreshments.
Despite the lack of snow for the season, Beaver has a decent park set up too. Located at the top of the Birds of Prey race course, the Zoom park opens up with a good mix of boxes and a more technical line with C-rails, double kinks and wall rides. This leads to 4 small to medium kickers again with a rail line down the side and then boom, you are out into the groomers and trees again. On a normal season there are 3 parks with a smaller and larger one fitting in between the Zoom park. Aside from blasting down groomers or doing park laps, Beaver has some sick tree runs. Head to the aspens to find perfect spaces and light unless, like me, you catch a tree stump and then volley yourself onto the next tree.
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