Whether you’re a first time skier or you’ve skied a couple times and are looking to progress your skills in a comfortable way, the Beaver Creek beginner skiing has something for every type of newbie. Plus, the beginner terrain is plentiful; a significant amount—nearly 20-percent—of the trails are green circle, which denotes the easiest way down the mountain on the trail map. Beaver Creek beginner skiing ranges from first time learning zones with magic carpets to fun, meandering trails with great views, to perfect intro to tree skiing terrain. As a beginner skier, safety is probably high on your list when planning a ski vacation, so it’s good to know that Beaver Creek was awarded National Ski Area Association’s Best Overall Safety Awards. There are few ski resorts that can offer a comparable beginner skiing experience.
The majority of Beaver Creek beginner terrain can be found at Bachelor Gulch, the ridge to far looker’s left from the main base area. The area off the Arrowhead Mountain’s Arrow Bahn Express Lift—to skier’s left—also features some great beginner trails. The beauty of Beaver Creek beginner terrain is that skiers aren’t stuck at the bottom of the mountain. Beginner skiers can take Drink of Water Chairlift to the top of the mountain and enjoy flawless beginner ski trails with a spectacular view, like Red Buffalo and Booth Gardens. For laid back meandering trails, check out Dally and Intertwine.
Beaver Creek Ski School comes highly recommended for any level of skier, but their program for first time skiers is standout. The Beaver Creek Ski School instructors utilize video analysis to help beginner skiers’ progress in a quick, comprehensive manner. Those who opt for private lessons get to keep the DVD of their lesson for review, so they can come back next year ready to tackle a new skill or more difficult terrain.
The main beginner area is located just above the Beaver Creek Village, first time skiers can get used to riding the chairlift for the first time on Highlands Express Lift. If the weather is ever unpleasant—which it rarely is in Colorado—beginner skiers can hop onto the Buckaroo Express Gondola to warm up.