Beaver Creek isn’t exactly a ghost town in the summer, but it’s no secret that the winter rules. The mountain boasts a 4040ft vertical rise serviced by 16 lifts, with 150 trails through aspen forest and a wide variety of ski terrain. The posh reputation keeps away some – but that just means more powder for you.
Beginners like it in Beaver Creek because the mountain's easy runs are at the top, so they can enjoy the same spectacular views as the more advanced folks. Intermediate skiers have less choice, but the Coyote Glades and blue-cruiser Arrowhead Mountain are both good choices, as are Redtail and Harrier on the main mountain.
Experts should head to the double black diamonds at Royal Elk Glades and Bald Eagle off the Grouse Mountain Express lift – the runs are every bit as challenging as anything at Vail. Golden Eagle – the site of the Birds of Prey Men’s World Cup Downhill course – gives you the chance to try out a competition-class downhill run, while the Stone Creek Chutes spike the adrenaline.
The three terrain parks – 101 (beginners), Zoom Room (intermediate) and The Rodeo (pro-grade, with massive jumps and a half-pipe) – keep the grandkids happy.