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Beaver Creek holds fireworks above the outdoor skating rink at the slopeside village.
Beaver Creek holds fireworks above the outdoor skating rink at the slopeside village.
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Beaver Creek
By Tom Boyd

December 10, 2008 — With the addition of Stone Creek two seasons ago and two new gondolas in 2007-2008, there’s now little more Beaver Creek can do to improve its vast and varied terrain. Improving guest services is another matter. The resort seems to be in a constant quest to set new standards in luxury and high-dollar facilities, and as revealed by their slogan, “Not Exactly Roughing It,” there are always efforts being made to increase grooming, ski school, and guest services. The Diamonds in the Rough grooming program, initiated this past season, ensures that one black diamond run will be groomed each night, helping intermediate skiers to make the leap to advanced terrain. Resort officials are hoping that the improvements will help them take the National Ski Area Association’s “Best Overall Customer Service Program” a fourth year in a row. As always, lift tickets purchased here are valid at Vail as well, and it’s worth spending time exploring the less-crowded Beaver Creek during a Vail vacation – or visa-versa.

Fun Fact: Beaver Creek hosts the Talons Challenge on Jan. 29, 2009. About 1,500 people converge at Red Tail Camp to take on 13 runs and 23,722 vertical feet of advanced terrain all in one day.

Average annual snowfall: 310

Price: Prices vary (see website)

Skiable Acres: 1,815

Lifts: 17 (2 Gondolas, 10 high-speed quads, 2 triples, 3 doubles

Terrain park: Yes

Season: Nov. 26-April 12

Terrain breakdown: 19 percent beginner, 43 percent intermediate, 38 percent advanced/expert

Location: 9 miles west of Vail on I-70

Information:, (970) 845-9090, (888) 830-SNOW



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