During the resort planning process, and prior to Beaver Creek’s opening day in December 1980, resort officials and environmental planners were sensitive to vehicle traffic in and out of Beaver Creek. In a proactive move, the resort restricted the number of public parking spaces built in the village basin, and provided two parking lots at the base of the resort which continue to provide the majority of Beaver Creek’s available parking. From the two lots, the resort operates free public shuttle bus transportation to the village, and the base of Beaver Creek Mountain. A complimentary shuttle transports these guests from the lots to the base of the mountain, operating on a continuous schedule throughout the day and night. This parking system was devised when the resort was built in 1980 to alleviate traffic up to the resort and mitigate environmental impacts to the surrounding area. The transportation system transports over 750,000 guests and reduces traffic into the Resort by over 500,000 vehicles each year.
For residents who live in Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead, Beaver Creek’s in-resort free transportation system runs between villages allowing residents to leave their vehicles at home. This service transports over 500,000 guests/residents and eliminates over 300,000 vehicle guest trips each year.
These two programs account for transportation of over 1,200,000 guests and save over 800,000 vehicle trips into the resort each year, reducing both traffic and pollution, and saving over 150,000 gallons of fuel. This mass transit system has been studied and modeled by other resorts due to its overwhelming success. These two lots and the public transportation system are still in place today, and the resort continues to identify more environmentally friendly transportation options based upon this existing scenario.