Skiing Colorado: Beaver Creek Resort

Welcome to Beaver Creek Resort, home of complimentary chocolate chip cookies. No, that’s not the best description of the resort. But at this apres-packed alpine retreat with gourmet meals reached via sleigh ride, you don’t expect anything free. So the cookies are worth noting. Let those warm and energize you as you conquer the vertical that makes Beaver Creek seem bigger than its reputation as an exclusive enclave.

That most of Beaver Creek’s visitors are groomer types means chances are good for untracked powder. What some call black diamond and double-black diamond terrain is called "EX" by the resort. Stone Creek Chutes offer rocks to huck. The Royal Elk Glades has tight trees to navigate. And the Birds of Prey run is meant for serious downhill skiers.

But the resort’s commitment to novices is exemplified by Red Buffalo Park, which opened on the mountain’s highest reaches in 2017. It’s not often that green and blue skiers and riders find themselves in the place with the best views, but that’s the case at Beaver Creek. The long and wide runs called Gold Dust and Latigo are intermediate favorites.

Skiable terrain: 1,832 acres

Trails: 19 percent beginner, 42 percent intermediate, 22 percent advanced, 17 percent expert

Lifts: 25

Average annual snowfall: 310 inches

Mountain stats: 11,440-foot summit, 8,100-foot base, 3,340 feet vertical

Check out: Avon Bakery and Deli for breakfast, Blue Moose for pizza, apres dining at Beano’s Cabin, Candy Cabin, nightlife at Agave

Getting there: Off Interstate 70 west, exit for Avon and follow to resort.

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