History of The Mountain

When George Townsend first settled in the valley in 1881, he knew he’d found something special – an exceptional mountain, lined with aspen groves and beautiful vistas that would become a world-renowned destination. In 1972, Vail Resorts continued his vision by purchasing the land and began designing a resort that combined Western hospitality and European charm. Obstacles delayed resort completion, but on December 15, 1980, Beaver Creek finally opened to the public.

Major winter events have found a home at Beaver Creek.

In 1989, the resort hosted the World Ski Championships. For the last several years Beaver Creek has hosted the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup, which brings together hundreds of top male skiers as they compete to be named World Champion. Beaver Creek will host the FIS World Alpine Championship in 2015, a highly anticipated event bringing thousands of visitors and the best skiers from around the world for a thrilling week of competition.

Beaver Creek Village

The main village is full of quaint shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants, all conveniently linked by heated walkways and escalators to the slopes. Dine at five-star restaurants, catch a Broadway performance or take a spin on the ice rink in a beautiful alpine setting.

Festivals, weekly entertainment and outdoor activities take the spotlight in the summer months. Festival highlights inlcude Blues, Brews and BBQ, Wine & Spirits, Luxury Lifestyle, Antique and Arts. Weekly events inlcude the Culinary Demo Series, Beaver Creek Rodeo and the Beaver Creek Music Experience.

There is always something to do in Avon and Beaver Creek.

Mountain Statistics

Mountains: 4 (Beaver Creek, Grouse Mountain, Larkspur Bowl, Arrowhead Mountain)
Skiable Area: 1,815 acres (7.35 km2)
Trails: 149 total (19% beginner, 43% intermediate, 38% expert/advanced)
Longest Run: Centennial
Terrain Parks: 4; Half Pipe: 1
Average Snowfall: 310 inches (790 cm) annually

Elevation: Base: 8,100 ft (2,500 m) Summit: 11,440 ft (3,490 m) Vertical Rise: 3,340 ft (1,020 m)