Beaver Creek is one of the world’s best ski destinations. Skiers and snowboarders from across the globe flock to Beaver Creek Colorado every winter to enjoy the pristine mountain conditions. The snow is soft and powdery, the runs are long and gorgeous and there is plenty of terrain to cater to all levels: from complete beginner to Olympic expert.
There’s also a certain level of exclusivity and prestige that comes along with skiing Beaver Creek. Some travel enthusiasts rank Beaver Creek above both Vail and Aspen in terms of luxury and elegance. That’s not to say that Beaver Creek doesn’t welcome everybody; it certainly does, and is one of the friendliest places in the world – it’s just that it is expensive, and a little planning ahead of time can definitely help the vacation budget stretch a lot further.
That’s why we have compiled this insider’s guide to getting to Beaver Creek. It will help you get the most out of your ski or snowboarding vacation by allowing you to weigh your options of how to travel to Beaver Creek while not breaking the bank.
Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple or with friends and family, you’ll find some valuable insider knowledge here to help you get to Beaver Creek.
Getting to Beaver
Assuming you are going to be flying into Colorado, there two airport options. Denver International Airport (DIA) or Eagle Regional Airport (EGE). From Eagle airport to Beaver Creek it’s about a 30 minute drive, while Denver to Beaver Creek is approximately 2hours – 2.5hours. Either way, if arriving during the winter please allow extra time for hazardous road conditions (they sometimes even shut down the main interstate out of caution).
Beaver Creek Transportation
Once at the airport, you will need to decide on your mode of transportation. There are a few options worth considering. Each has its advantages. Let’s take a closer look at some of these:
Rent a Car
Renting a personal vehicle is an option. Both airports have the usual assortment of nation brand car rental agencies. You will probably need to make a reservation well in advance. Rates during the peak season can be expensive due to the high demand.
Also keep in mind that parking in Beaver Creek can be expensive and hard to find also. Most hotels do not offer free parking, so this will be an added daily expense. Gas prices in the mountains are also typically 15-25% higher than in the rest of Colorado.
Another consideration is driving during the winter. It can be hazardous. If you’re not comfortable driving through heave snow fall, or maneuvering over icy patches of road, you might want to reconsider renting a car, and instead just worry about actually enjoying your vacation.
Take a Shared Shuttle to Beaver Creek
There are several shared shuttle operators offering routes from both Denver International and Eagle Regional airports to Beaver Creek.
The shuttles are super affordable and run on regular schedules.
Epic Mountain Express: is owned by Vail Resorts, and offers a convenient way to get from the airports to all of their resort destinations including Beaver Creek. Prices start at about $85/person. Reservations can be made online or over the phone, and the shuttles do run on a regular schedule, though not 24 hours.
Summit Express: is a family owned and operated shared shuttle provider. They also offer scheduled service between both airports. Again, service is not 24 hours and reservations should be made well in advance to ensure availability.
Peak1 Express: operates in much the same fashion. They have been established in the Vail Valley for well over a decade. If the other shared shuttle services are over-booked, consider giving Peak1 Express a call.
The shared shuttle services offer a great budget way to get to Beaver Creek from Denver or EGE, however there are a few drawbacks worth noting.
1)The price is per person, not per group. So, if you are just traveling with a friend, this might be the cheapest options. If on the other hand, you are traveling as part of a large group or family, suddenly this is not such an affordable option.
2)The journey does take considerably longer. You must wait for all the passengers to get on the shuttle and you might need to make several additional stops before you reach your lodging which will greatly increase your travel time.
3)These services do not run 24 hours/day. They typically have the last shuttle at about 6pm, meaning you are out of luck if you arrive later than that.
*** Please note that as of writing this article, shared shuttle services are not operating due to Covid-19 restrictions mandated by the State of Colorado.
These are all important considerations to make prior to deciding to book a shared shuttle service.
Hire a Private Airport Shuttle Service
Another option for travelling to Beaver Creek is to hire a private car service. These are not cheap, and at first the price tag might put some people off, but upon closer examination, this might actually be the most affordable route to take, and certainly the most convenient.
Current Private Airport Shuttle Services from DIA to Beaver Creek are running between $300-$400
There are quite a few private shuttle services to choose from:
Our personal favorite over the years has been Blue Sky Limo Beaver Creek:
Blue Sky Limo | Beaver Creek
111 W. Beavercreek Blvd. #1404
Beaver Creek, CO 81620
They have always been reliable and great at what they offer, but any of the other private airport shuttle companies in the area should also be able to accommodate you with similar service.
Here are some important benefits to considering using a private airport shuttle service:
1)The price is per vehicle, not per person. If you have a group of 5-7 people in your party, suddenly the price for a private luxury vehicle is lower than the price of getting shared shuttle tickets for everybody.
2)Once in Beaver Creek, there are plenty of in-town shuttles to take you to the slopes as well as restaurants and shops. You really don’t need a car once in Beaver Creek, so renting one might not be in your best interest.
3)The private shuttles run 24/7. So, no matter what time your flight arrives, you will be able to get to your lodging.
4)The drivers will not only help with all your luggage (which is the last thing you want to worry about after a long flight), they’ll also be able to fill you in on the best local places to eat, the best runs, upcoming events and all the other insider info you might want to know. That kind of one on one attention simply is not possible with a shared shuttle operator.
Best way to Travel to Beaver Creek
So, there you have it. There are many different ways to travel to Beaver Creek from Denver or Eagle Airports. But from a comfort and convenience perspective, as far as this insider is concerned, there’s really only one option that worth it – and that’s just to get yourself a private chauffeured car, sit back and enjoy the ride.
You’re going to Beaver Creek to have a good time, not to worry about road conditions or waiting for tons of people to be packed into a small van. If you’re traveling with more than 4 people, then the choice is even more clear – the private shuttle is actually more affordable.
So, do yourself a favor and get a private airport shuttle service the next time you go to Beaver Creek. You’ll thank me later!
Safe travels everyone!
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