Beaver Creek, Colorado

Beaver Creek is a World Cup mountain, home to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships and the venerable Talons Challenge, which showcases the resort's black and double black runs. But don't let that lure you into thinking it's only an expert-level mountain. It’s a true resort, with its own restaurants, spa, rooms and elegant lodges, and does a stellar job of catering to beginners and families looking for a one-stop ski destination. And the skiing and riding matches that demographic’s need for variable terrain, ski-in/out lodging and plenty of other on-mountain activities custom-designed to appeal to everyone from toddlers to teens to adults.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Resnick / Vail Resorts

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