Ski Lifts in Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek’s modern ski lift system has an uphill capacity of 45,409 riders per hour which is more than enough to ensure non-existent lift lines and to distribute skiers efficiently around the ski area.
The Centennial Lift rises from the village (photo credit: Vail Resorts)
Beaver Creek Ski Lifts
There are 17 chairlifts, 10 of which are high-speed quad chairlifts, offering access to 1,815 acres (734 ha) of skiing and snowboarding terrain in Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch, and Arrowhead. Pretty much every ski lift that services terrain of any note is a high speed lift. The notable exception was the recently-replaced Rose Bowl lift (formerly a fixed grip triple, but now a high speed quad); with nothing but mogul runs or the famed “Stone Creek Chutes” down to this lift, we almost miss the long, slow, footrest-aided ascent.
The Centennial Lift is the main chair from the center of the village. If it should get busy, ride the adjacent Strawberry Park Express Lift to access the main mountain, but be forewarned – you’ll miss out on the complimentary early morning hot chocolate or cider being served atop the Centennial Lift early each morning. If your skiing follows your stomach, be sure to wind up your day in the village again where every afternoon at around 3pm the resort doles out delicious, freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies at the base of the Centennial Lift.
As if hot chocolate, cookies and express chairlifts was not enough, Beaver Creek outdid itself once again by installing a gondola on the children’s ski school slope. You won’t have to worry about your kids getting cold as they’re whisked uphill in the brand new Buckaroo Gondola. It’s become an instant favorite amongst kids and truly sets Beaver Creek’s learn to ski program apart from the competition.