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From I-70, take the main Avon exit and drive south through 4 traffic circles south of the interstate. At the 4th circle, exit west on old Highway 6 and drive a short distance to a large parking lot that serves the ski area. You may want to call the ski area and/or local police in advance to check their policies in regards to leaving a vehicle parked here overnight. From the parking lot, catch the next shuttle bus up to the base of the Beaver Creek Ski Area with your loaded pack in tow. Locate the window for purchasing a lift ticket and make whatever purchase will get you highest on the mountain. In the two years we did this, (1995 & 2002) we rode the "Centennial Express Lift" to the Spruce Saddle Lodge at 10,200 ft. In 2002, this cost us $16 each. In 1995, we were able to obtain a "family day pass." In both years, the pass would be good for a 24 hour period so we could ride up one day and catch the lift down the next day before it closed. Whatever pass they issue now, check carefully to see if you'll be able to use it the next day.


Do not expect any easily accessible camping around Avon.
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