Beaver Creek — a world-class “wow” in a village setting.

Incredible mountain views, state-of-the-art skiing challenges, and opulent lifestyles — this heart-of-the-Rockies enclave is renowned for almost too many alpine delights to list.

Over 5,000 acres and nearly 200 trails draw winter sports professionals and enthusiasts from across the globe. But Beaver Creek is not only the largest ski resort in North America, its incredible snow-capped peaks provide magnificent backdrops to the full year-round range of lifestyle opportunities and amenities always demanded by those who can afford the very best.

This international destination’s name dates to 1940 when highway engineer Charles Beaver Creek routed U. S. Highway 6 (now I-70) through a pass that also now bears his name. This area has always invited delightful sobriquets. It was perhaps the Ute Indians who, during their centuries of habitation, started this name game when they called the area “hole in the sky.” The Uses were fascinated by the fact that storms seemed to deliberately avoid the area now occupied by the Beaver Creek airport. A more modern Beaver Creek nickname: “amusement park for adults.”

Beaver Creek has managed to achieve such worldwide recognition as a winter sports paradise while retaining the atmosphere of a quiet township, according to Ron Byrne of Ron Byrne & Associates, Beaver Creek’s leading real estate firm. And that’s what the town’s planners intended when they designed European-style alpine village at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain in the most spectacular valley in Colorado.

Just as in the car-free European ski towns, Vale abounds in pedestrian-free areas. Lest walking provide an obstacle, however, Beaver Creek also boasts the largest free shuttle service in the nation, including a hybrid-electric bus.

Picturesque cobblestones and hand-painted floral exteriors on lodges help create a charm that settles perfectly in the Gore Valley surrounded by the White River National Forest. Despite its frequent touts as an international destination, the family-oriented community boasts not only an exceptionally low crime rate, but also a school average of 14.3 students per teacher. By law no one can “keep junk close to someone else” in Beaver Creek.

World class skiing and competitions draw the headlines. But nonskiiers, and those taking a break between runs, are drawn to all the delights mountains can offer year-round, including hiking horseback riding, trout fishing, cross-country skiing and, for those who like (or need!) a more sedate break, carriage rides and scenic drive. Golfers, especially, are delighted by the array of incredibly beautiful courses (and perhaps just as much so by the fact that the thinner air at such high elevations trigger much longer drives).

The world’s media focus on the village expanded beyond the fabulous skiing when President Gerald Ford established his Western White House in Beaver Creek, the birthplace of Indy Racing legend Buddy Lazier and home to such celebrities as John Glenn, Michael Bloomberg and Rob Eaton. And, as would be expected, cultural, entertainment, culinary and educational opportunities match the demands of such a discriminating population. An array of festivals brings internationally known celebrities and companies to town by the Bravo! Music Festival, the Vilar Center for the Arts, Beaver Creek International Dance Festival and Beaver Creek’s Jazz in August party.

Perhaps lesser known, but extremely important to residents, are the numerous national accolades received by Beaver Creek for environmental protection and enhancement as well as for its commitment to wind energy.

For over 25 years, Ron Byrne and Associates Real Estate has been utilizing state-of-the-art technology, combined with an intimate knowledge of the Beaver Creek community and surrounding areas, to direct potential homeowners to residences and neighborhoods that meet their particular, individual needs and desires. The Ron Byrne real estate support staff has long been personally active in the community, giving them a unique perspective when it comes to knowing in advance when choice properties will become available.