During the morning hours, we had hard packed and icy conditions. The man-made areas especially are more like a glacier. Nevertheless, it was not too bad at all, just the not groomed stuff. Had to wait until about lunch time for that.

Report is based on one day of skiing with spring-like conditions. Some tree skiing is really good. I definitely liked Stickline.

It’s not easy to give an overall rating after just one day. For sure, Beaver is much smaller than Vail, but it is much better. Only $77 (in 2005 but now over $80) for a day ticket is a real pain. Just like Vail, it’s a high-speed chair paradise and kind of busy even on a weekday.

The very right side of the resort can be good if you like rather flat cursing or tree skiing. For those who are into double blacks, Grouse Mountain is a must.



  • For I-70 resorts: Stay in Frisco or Dillon, but make sure to call Copper Mountain resort. They usually have excellent last-minute deals, and you can ski any other resort from there.

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  • For I-70 resorts: Stop on the way from Denver, e.g. at the Idaho Springs Safeway.

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