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Beaver Creek ski trip from Dec 27th to Jan 1st.

Tonyr

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Beaver Creek
Date
Dec 27, 2021
Snow Conditions
  1. Powder
  2. Packed Powder
From Vail we made our way over to Beaver Creek. Two weeks ago Beaver Creek had around 25 runs open, by the time we left January 1st thankfully over 90 runs were opened due to it snowing every single day since the 23rd of December. I have to say that the tree skiing at BC is really second to none, I've skied all over the east and west coast and the trees on and off the map here are so diverse and special. Aside from the unmarked glades, we lapped the Keller glades, Heads up, 4 get about it, and Stickline which was our personal favorite, many many times and on every occasion it was knee deep powder.

Beaver Creek has such a reputation for a high end ski experience and perfect groomers but what this place doesn't get credit for is all the great tree skiing mentioned above as well as all the endless bump runs spread across the entire mountain. It's truly one of the great ski destinations in the US, below are some pictures of the trip.......
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jimk

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I see a lot of fresh snow! Glad Christmas week worked out so well for you this year. Did you get any free chocolate chip cookies?
 

abc

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Beaver Creek has such a reputation for a high end ski experience and perfect groomers but what this place doesn't get credit for is all the great tree skiing
It’s not their trees and bumps not worth mentioning. It’s their groomers worth mentioning more.

Put another way, There’re many other mountains have good tree (Steamboat etc.) or bumps (Mary Jane). But how many other mountains have nice groomers devoid of people?

The best part of Beaver Creek is its location. 10 minutes west of Vail means it never gets busy. I personally don’t think of Beaver as a groomer place or tree or bump place. I go there to get away from people. I always find different terrains to ski depending on condition.
 

Tonyr

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All of what you say is true although Beaver Creek this year was the busiest that we have ever seen it. The Centennial lift after 10.30 am was a good 20 to 30 minute wait each day. This picture below was from the Rose Bowl lift, normally you'd ski right on to it. The line there was so abnormally long that I took a picture 5 minutes into the wait.......
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Tonyr

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I see a lot of fresh snow! Glad Christmas week worked out so well for you this year. Did you get any free chocolate chip cookies?
Thanks Jim! That is a good question, we got out everyday around 9 am and I never skied long enough to see the end of the day. I know last year the cookies were canceled due to covid but I am not sure if they were served this year.
 

Tonyr

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Yea we couldn't believe the lines, there is usually no waits at any of Beaver Creek's lifts in previous seasons. The Birds of Prey lift was the only one without a wait this visit. The Strawberry lift wasn't bad either.
 
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