Heart of the Valley- Avon & Beaver Creek

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Town of Avon

Known as the “Heart of the Valley” for its geographic location, Avon is a great place for visitors to choose to stay. Whether skiing, hiking, paddling the Eagle River or enjoying a leisurely day in town, you’ll find that launching your mountain adventures from Falcon Point in Avon is easy and convenient.

Avon offers a small mountain town atmosphere with many amenities. The town serves as a gateway to the world-class Beaver Creek Resort and is eight miles west of world-famous Vail. Avon also offers a multitude of recreational opportunities, events, parks, open space and trails, and a mix of local and national shops and economical restaurants. It is small enough to walk around, but offers a free daily shuttle connecting the town to Beaver Creek Village as well as dining, and shopping hubs within city limits.

Mountain Access Tip For Skiers & Riders: From the Lake Street shuttle stop near Falcon Point, take a quick trip on Avon's free Gondola Express shuttle bus to Avon Station, Avon’s transportation hub, where you can catch the new Riverfront high-speed gondola directly to Beaver Creek Landing. You’ll be on the mountain in just minutes.

Beaver Creek Mountain and Beaver Creek Village

History of The Mountain - When George Townsend first settled in the valley in 1881, he knew he'd found something special - an exceptional mountain, lined with aspen groves and beautiful vistas that would become a world-renowned destination. In 1972, Vail Resorts continued his vision by purchasing the land and began designing a resort that combined Western hospitality and European charm. Obstacles delayed resort completion, but on December 15, 1980, Beaver Creek finally opened to the public.

Major winter events have found a home at Beaver Creek. In 1989, the resort hosted the World Ski Championships. For the last several years Beaver Creek has hosted the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup, which brings together hundreds of top male skiers as they compete to be named World Champion. Beaver Creek will host the FIS World Alpine Championship in 2015, a highly anticipated event bringing thousands of visitors and the best skiers from around the world for a thrilling week of competition.

Beaver Creek Village

The main village is full of quaint shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants, all conveniently linked by heated walkways and escalators to the slopes. Dine at five-star restaurants, catch a Broadway performance or take a spin on the ice rink in a beautiful alpine setting.

Festivals, weekly entertainment and outdoor activities take the spotlight in the summer months. Festival highlights inlcude Blues, Brews and BBQ, Wine & Spirits, Luxury Lifestyle, Antique and Arts. Weekly events inlcude the Culinary Demo Series, Beaver Creek Rodeo and the Beaver Creek Music Experience. There is always somthing to do in Avon and Beaver Creek.

Mountain Statistics

  • Mountains: 4 (Beaver Creek, Grouse Mountain, Larkspur Bowl, Arrowhead Mountain)
  • Skiable Area: 1,815 acres (7.35 km2)
  • Trails: 149 total (19% beginner, 43% intermediate, 38% expert/advanced)
  • Longest Run: Centennial
  • Terrain Parks: 4; Half Pipe: 1
  • Average Snowfall: 310 inches (790 cm) annually
  • Elevation: Base: 8,100 ft (2,500 m) Summit: 11,440 ft (3,490 m) Vertical Rise: 3,340 ft (1,020 m)