About Beaver Creek
When George Townsend first settled the Beaver Creek Valley in 1881, he knew he'd found something special. In 1972, Vail continued the vision by purchasing the land and beginning a detailed planning process. Construction continued, and on December 15, 1980, Beaver Creek opened to the public. Major events have always found a home at Beaver Creek. In 1989, the resort hosted the World Ski Championships. In 1997, village-to-village skiing opened as Bachelor Gulch was joined to the Beaver Creek, and construction began on a new downhill course. The Birds of Prey™, respected as one of the three most difficult World Cup descents, opened in time for the return of the World Ski Championships in 1999. Beaver Creek is regarded as one of Colorado's most exciting areas. Whether it is big steeps or gentle cruisers, Beaver fits all a skiers needs.