I had a lot of fun skiing at Beaver Creek with my new friend, Tim, from New York City this past Wednesday. I met Tim on the lift at Blue Sky Basin in Vail the day before. We ski at the same pace and like the same terrain - trees, steeps and bumps - and found plenty of that at Vail and BC.
Perhaps due to the suboptimal conditions (e.g. crusty hardpack bumps, firm heavy powder in the trees), BC has some of the toughest terrain I have ever skied. For you Killington skiers, the bump runs at BC are about four times as long and twice as wide as Outer Limits - and even steeper. Some of the trees we skied are as tight as the trees on Anarchy and as steep as Vertigo Headwall. BC has some very steep groomers as well.
We spent most of the day skiing the bump and tree runs. We loved skiing through BC's Aspen trees, which look similar to the White Birch trees we have here in the northeast. Even though the conditions were not great, BC was still very scenic. We took advantage of our many rest breaks by shooting pictures and videos of the BC beauty - and of each other, of course.
Thresher Glade. We agreed our favorite run of the day was Thresher Glade, which we skied multiple times. The trees are nicely spaced here so we could rip through them at a good clip.
Tim skiing Thresher Glade
We also liked skiing BC's pines on Royal Elk Glade. Royal Elk Glade is a double black diamond run that is extremely steep, loaded with bumps, chutes and tight trees. It reminded me of Jay Peak's Face Chutes but was much longer.
Royal Elk Glade
Some video of the glades (click on HQ near the volume slider to view in higher quality)
No trip to BC would be complete without skiing some of BC's signature "Birds of Prey" bump runs. We skied Bald Eagle, Screech Owl and Peregrine - some of the most exhausting runs of the week. Tim skied Peregrine top to bottom without stopping. I tried but ran out of gas about half way down.
Birds of Prey above me spotting their lunch
I tried to capture the steepness of Bald Eagle. You can see the head of a skier a few feet below.
Tracks of the day's runs
Next time I am in the Summit County area (hopefully during a powder week), I will be sure to head back to BC.