The first stop on Chris Madoc-Jones' ski tour of North America took him to Beaver Creek, one of Colorado's top ski resorts. After eight days and having skied with lots of locals, here's the insider's view.
After arriving at the start of our 5-month North American expedition to a thick blizzard after a heavily delayed 22-hour journey from the UK, we didn’t quite know what to expect of Beaver Creek. We’d heard it was exclusive, the levels of service were supposed to be as good as they get anywhere and we knew they hosted the 2015 Alpine Ski World Championships. But apart from that, the next eight days would be a voyage of discovery as we experienced skiing Stateside for the first time.
The Skiing – click here for piste map
From the moment we hopped off the free shuttle bus from our Air BnB apartment, it was clear things were done differently at Beaver Creek. Greeted by exceptionally friendly volunteers in red Beaver Creek jackets, we were handed a grooming map (click here for the online version) and were wished a great day – something that had never happened to me in 20 years of skiing in Europe! At the top of the Centennial Express access lift they even handed out free hot chocolate each morning – it was clear that every little detail was important at Beaver Creek.