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Introducing Beaver Creek

Breach the regal gates in Avon, 9 miles west of Vail just off I-70 (exit 167), and you’ll emerge onto a private mountain road skirting a picturesque golf course as it climbs to the foot of a truly spectacular ski mountain. Beaver Creek feels like one of those delicious secrets shared among the rich kids, and it is indeed a privilege to ski here.

Today the perfectly maintained grounds and neo-Tyrolean buildings lend a certain looming grandeur, as do names like Park Hyatt, set in the main village, and Ritz Carlton, in nearby Bachelor Gulch. Beaver Creek is a mellower, more conservative place than Vail and typically an older scene. It’s the kind of destination where grandparents bring the whole family to enjoy a slew of all-natural adventures.