Vail vs Beaver Creek

Vail and Beaver Creek homes

The Colorado sister resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek share much of the same visitor appeal – easy access to ski slopes, some of the best snow in the world, expansive blue skies with over 300 days of sun each year, luxury accommodations, and phenomenal restaurants. Both resorts have world-class terrain parks, as well as additional terrain for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and tubing.

An EpicMix Guide can be downloaded to your phone and used at both Vail and Beaver Creek, suggesting the best plan for your day based on your favorite lift and the terrain you’re eager to try. Both Vail and Beaver Creek provide free public transportation as well, which makes getting around hassle-free.

When the snow melts, both Vail and Beaver Creek have fewer visitors and become spacious getaways for those trying to escape the summer. Daytime temperatures tend to remain in the comfortable mid-70’s, and spring/summer activities in both locations include fishing, golf, and hiking as well as mountain and road bicycling.

While Vail and Beaver Creek have a lot in common, here’s what we appreciate most about each location:

What We Love About Vail

Vail’s Upgrades

  • Vail’s facilities, lifts, and accommodations have recently benefited from over a billion dollars of investments. — places Vail firmly on any shortlist of the world’s best resorts.
  • Ride in cozy, state-of-the-art gondolas with WiFi and heated seats.

Vail’s Size

  • Vail is known as the largest ski area in the United States.
  • Choose your runs from 5,289 acres of ski terrain over 3,450 vertical feet using 31 lifts.

Vail’s Skiing

  • Ski and snowboard on perfectly groomed trails, ample powder in the back bowls, and through corridors of trees.
  • Explore Riva Ridge (one of Vail’s most well-known original trails) from the top of the mountain to the bottom.
  • Find desirable backcountry tree skiing at Blue Sky Basin.

Vail Village

  • At the center of Vail, you’ll find plenty of quality hotels, delicious restaurants, cosy bars and shops.
  • Enjoy the true “village” feel, with walkable streets close to the ski slopes.

Vail for Families

  • Stay at Lionshead Village and Vail Square for open spaces, an outdoor ice rink, and a relaxed, family-friendly vibe (less than 10 minutes from Vail Village via shuttle).
  • Visit Vail’s 13 Adventure Zones.
  • At the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, you’ll find Adventure Ridge, offering tubing, snowmobiles for kids, and more.

Vail’s Nightlife

  • Red Lion has great live music and tasty food.
  • Go dancing at Bridge Street or Shakedown.
  • See a show at Ford Amphitheater.

What We Love About Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek’s Location

  • Beaver Creek is located just 13 miles from Vail, making it a great escape at the end of a crowded day in Vail’s busier environment.
  • Beaver Creek is a mountainside village made up of a series of cascading plazas which are connected by escalators.
  • There are three villages in Beaver Creek: Beaver Creek Village, Bachelor Gulch, and Arrowhead.

Beaver Creek’s Size

  • Beaver Creek spans 1,832 acres over 3,340 vertical feet with 25 lifts; it’s smaller than Vail, and boasts a cozy, residential feel.

Beaver Creek’s Skiing

  • You’ll be astounded at the variety of terrain at Beaver Creek; you won’t even notice its smaller size.
  • Beaver Creek has one of the top ski schools in the country.
  • There’s an entire peak for beginners at the summit of Beaver Creek Mountain.
  • The ski slopes at Beaver Creek connect to those in Bachelor Gulch, which connect to those in Arrowhead, for  (traditionally European) ski experience of skiing village-to-village.
  • Beaver Creek’s slopes won’t be crowded, especially on weekends, since more tourists head to Vail.
  • For even more space, ski the easy-to-get-to Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch runs, which are frequently wide open with few others in sight.

Beaver Creek for Families

  • Known internationally as one of the best resorts for families, Beaver Creek tends to have a quieter, less crowded atmosphere.
  • Beaver Creek’s luxury accommodations are known to be very accommodating to families and guests.
  • Beaver Creek is easy to navigate with kids. You can cover a lot of territory in two days and feel familiar with the mountain.
  • At 3pm every day, free warm chocolate chip cookies are distributed at the main chairlift.
  • Don’t let your kids miss Candy Cabin at the top of Strawberry Park Express. Taste old-fashioned candies, chocolate-covered Swedish fish, and locally made chocolates and caramels.

Beaver Creek Events

  • Beaver Creek is a regular host of World Cup events, usually in early December.
  • Every year, skiers can take the Talons Challenge, attempting to ski all 14 Talons runs in one day.
  • Watch a show at Vilar Performing Arts Center, which stages professional theatre productions and music concerts.

Vail or Beaver Creek

Visitors, locals, and second-home owners can enjoy the best of Vail and Beaver Creek! You can’t go wrong! Explore our Vail real estate and contact our brokers to learn more.