The Beav’s rep­u­ta­tion pre­cedes it. Not a bad thing when what you’re known for is ex­cel­lent groom­ing, lots of fam­ily ter­rain, one of the best ski schools in the in­dus­try, beau­ti­ful ho­tels, top-notch ser­vice, and de­li­cious din­ing—on-moun­tain and off. Did we men­tion the free cook­ies served at the base at day’s end? The ski­ing it­self is largely un­der­rated—most vis­i­tors come ex­pect­ing wide, groomed boule­vards and mostly mel­low ter­rain. And they leave sat­is­fied, but so do those who come look­ing for world-class steeps (Birds of Prey, the men’s World Cup down­hill), bumps (any­thing on Grouse Moun­tain), and ex­treme ter­rain (Stone Creek Chutes). And while Beaver Creek has al­ways been a great place to learn, it gets even bet­ter with the de­but of Haymeadow Park, com­plete with its own gon­dola and lift, sculpted ter­rain de­signed for new­bies, and ice cream shop in­side The Ranch restau­rant. (This is in ad­di­tion to Red Buffalo Park, the re­sort’s moun­tain­top be­gin­ner area that de­buted last sea­son.) No mat­ter your ski­ing abil­ity, ev­ery­one con­gre­gates in the cute vil­lage for a glide on the skat­ing rink, drinks, din­ner, or a stroll through an art gallery. There’s noth­ing wrong with ex­pec­ta­tions, es­pe­cially when they’re met.

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