There’s a reason Beaver Creek is the home of World Cup skiing. This 1,800-acre resort just outside Avon, Colorado, is home to some of the best skiing terrain on the planet. There are 23 lifts that access runs ranging from beginner-friendly to super-gnarly, making Beaver Creek the perfect place for a ski getaway.
Beaver Creek opened in 198o and soon absorbed adjacent Arrowhead Mountain and Bachelor Gulch. Now you can ski or snowboard on 150 trails and reach elevations more than 11,400 feet.
World Cup athletes are making big moves at Beaver Creek, but it’s also a phenomenal place to learn to ski. Sure, there’s plenty of terrain for advanced and expert skiers, but the biggest chunk of Beaver Creek’s trails—43%—are intermediate-level runs. Plus, the ski area prides itself on having the “Ivy League of Ski Schools.” Instructors at Beaver Creek use video analysis technology to help students hone their skills, and they have an impeccable safety record.
Beaver Creek has a smaller, cozier feel than its big brother, Vail, just 15 minutes east. Still, there’s no shortage of amenities. Beaver Creek boasts five-star dining, world-class shopping, and, of course, some of the best powder anywhere on the planet. Plus, it’s home to 11 shops offering services from Epic Mountain Rentals.
Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced skier looking to improve your skills, you’ll be able to rent the ideal collection of products suited to your abilities. With Epic Mountain Rentals, you can get the latest equipment from top brands and enjoy various amenities, from equipment storage to on-snow valet service. With so many rental options in Beaver Creek, it’s hard to know where to start. Here are the best locations and the services they provide.
Beaver Creek Sports — Village
Beaver Creek Sports is the biggest name in rentals on the Vail Valley’s western end, and one step inside will show you exactly why. Its Village location combines old-school elegance with friendly, helpful customer service. When you visit the shop and reserve your gear through Epic Mountain Rentals, expert staff members will provide a rental package that targets your ability levels.
The Sport package is geared toward beginners, while the Performance package suits advancing skiers looking to improve skills. The Demo package provides skiers and riders equipment to explore a wide range of terrain and snow conditions. In each case, your rental package will include the gears from the best manufacturers, and staff members will adjust your boots and bindings, so they fit correctly.
Besides offering high-quality gear, you can also take advantage of extra amenities offered including day and overnight storage, heated boots, and on-snow valet. Located in the resort village it’s close to both the ski school and great places to grab food and drink.
Burton Beaver Creek
Are you in the market for a new snowboard? Maybe you want to try some of the latest models before you settle on what to buy? If so, you should rent your gear at Burton Beaver Creek. The shop has the latest Burton products available through Epic Mountain Rentals. The knowledgeable staff members will hook you up with the perfect board, and your rental package will include a few perks, such as overnight gear storage and on-snow valet. When getting your rental equipment, you’ll also have the chance to buy some of the latest Burton clothing. Because the shop is located in Beaver Creek Village, you can easily snag coffee before picking up your rentals or grab a bite at the end of the day.
Beaver Creek Sports — Arrowhead
The Beaver Creek Sports Arrowhead shop sits at the base of Arrowhead Mountain, just minutes from several lodges and hotels. If you need to rent skiing or snowboarding equipment, it won’t take you long to reach the shop. Plus, it sits next to the Arrowhead Bahn Express Lift, giving you easy access to the ski hill, and Arrowhead will store your street shoes before you head out for the day. You can also store your gear in the shop overnight. If you’re not staying near Arrowhead Mountain, and you need a ride at the end of the day, there’s a shuttle stop near the rental shop.
Epic Mountain Rentals
If you don’t want to spend a single moment doing anything other than skiing, this Epic Mountain Rentals location is ideal. It’s conveniently located right off Interstate 70, so you can swing by to pick up your family’s equipment (including heated boots) on the way into town. It’s also right next to the town’s shopping center, so you can snag any groceries, liquor, and other sundries before you head to your accommodations for the weekend. When you reserve your gear at this location, you’ll also have access to the latest products from popular brands, gear storage, and on-snow valet.
Beaver Creek Sports — Ritz-Carlton
Staying at the Ritz-Carlton means you can expect top-notch service, and the premium Ritz-Carlton Beaver Creek Sports location takes that a step further. Not only do guests have access to day and overnight storage for gear and a selection of retail goods, but rentals include on-snow valet service. The shop will deliver your rental equipment to you near the slopes, so you can spend more time on the mountain and worry less about dealing with gear. The Ritz-Carlton sits close to the ski school and ski hill, so it’s also easy to drop into the shop and swap out equipment if you want to test different skis or boards. They also offer heated boots for toasty toes for days.
Beaver Creek Sports — Westin Riverfront
Sitting on the bank of the scenic Eagle River in Avon, the Westin Riverfront offers a convenient location to not only rent gear but also enjoy all the town has to offer. The rental shop will store your boots or shoes during the day and hold onto your rental equipment overnight. When you get your gear through Epic Mountain Rentals, you’ll also have the option of on-snow valet service, which enables you to get on and off the mountain quickly. One of the best aspects of the Westin is its location. It’s in the heart of Avon, near shops and restaurants.
Beaver Creek Sports — BC Landing
A gondola provides easy access to the BC Landing location of Beaver Creek Sports. The shop is not only easy to reach, but it also adds some convenience to your day. With Epic Mountain Rentals, you get the benefits of day storage for your regular boots and shoes, plus overnight storage for gear. Your rental also includes on-snow valet service, which goes a long way in helping you maximize time on your skis or board. Once you’ve picked up your gear, hop on the Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift for a speedy ride to the base of the ski area and a full day of fun.
Beaver Creek Sports — The Pines Lodge
The Pines Lodge sits in the thick of Beaver Creek’s east side lodging on Scott Hill Road. It’s also sandwiched between the Elkhorn and Strawberry Park Express lifts. So, no matter what kind of terrain you and your group prefer, The Pines Lodge is a convenient place to pick up rental equipment. The rental shop also offers a wide range of services, including day and overnight storage, plus on-snow valet service. This location also has heated boots available, so your feet can stay nice and toasty from the moment you put them on until you arrive back at The Pines. The shop sells apparel and accessories, so you can pick up anything necessary to keep you comfortable (and looking good) during your visit.
Beaver Creek Sports — St. James Place
Did your last ski trip leave you with frozen toes? If so, make your way to Beaver Creek Sports’ St. James Place shop and rent some heated boots. Through Epic Mountain Rentals, you’ll also have the option to rent skis and snowboards from top brands, plus essentials like helmets and poles. Take advantage of the day storage and leave your street shoes in the shop while you hit the mountain. When you return to the shop later in the day, store your rental gear there overnight. That way you can head right into town to feast at Blue Moose Pizza or grab a cocktail at the Dusty Boot Saloon.
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Written by Emma Walker for Matcha in partnership with Epic Mountain Rentals.
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