Incredible grooming is one of the big draws of Beaver Creek, which is particularly well set up for families...
The ski area in Beaver Creek is not huge, but the slopes you find there are all beautifully manicured.
Piste bashing in Beaver Creek is something of an art form - the pistes are groomed 20 hours a day, seven days a week - and the resort is justifiably proud of its pristine corduroy runs.
Resort height: 2,255m
All that grooming makes the resort a good choice for beginners and intermediates - as well as experts whose idea of a good time is whizzing down a steep slope without worrying about hitting any bumps.
Pistes of this kind are not in short supply locally - Beaver Creek's Goshawk, Peregrine and Golden Eagle were specifically designed for the World Cup Ski Championships and should stretch even an accomplished skier.
The resort also boasts four terrain parks for riders of all ages and abilities. And experts in search of powder can always take advantage of the free shuttle service to nearby Vail, home to both Alpine-style bowls and superb tree skiing.
In truth, however, family-friendly Beaver Creek is best suited to those still learning to slide (skiers and boarders of a better standard might as well go to Vail itself).
Beginners in particular will love the fact that many of its green runs are unusually high up, meaning they can enjoy fantastic views almost from day one.
Eagle County airport is just one hour away from Beaver Creek...
From the UK, however, it is probably easier to fly to Denver airport, from where the drive takes about two and a half hours.
The variety of terrain in Beaver Creek belies the small size of its ski area, and a free bus to Vail doesn't hurt...
This makes it a good choice for mixed ability groups - particularly families.
Unashamedly upmarket and expensive, Beaver Creek has more soothing spas than kicking bars and clubs...
The nightlife in Beaver Creek is nothing to write home about - particularly if you are looking for the sort of après-ski buzz found in lively, European resorts. And prices are generally high. Bars to try include the Coyote Café and the Dusty Boot, while diners should head to On The Fly for cheap (for Beaver Creek) eats and the exquisite Mirabelle if money is no object.
Hot air ballooning, ice skating, dog-sledding and snow-shoeing; Beaver Creek has them all. In keeping with its luxurious image, the resort itself is also packed with upmarket boutiques and award-winning spas designed to keep its wealthy visitors happy whether they ski or not.
Cost of living 3/10
Beaver Creek is not the place to come if you are on a budget. The resort's slogan is “Not exactly roughing it”, and its fantastic facilities come at a pretty hefty price.
Attractiveness of the resort 7/10
The pedestrianised village centre, with its ice rink and traditional mountain architecture, is a romantic spot. There's also a pretty chapel, although some of the more modern buildings may jar for those used to Austrian Alpine charm, for example.