Arrow Bahn Express – Beaver Creek, CO

Arrowhead was originally its own ski area before Bachelor Gulch opened.
Depression tower 1.
View up the very long lift line.
Another look up the line.
Chain-driven return station.
Doppelmayr CLD-260 terminal up top.
When it opened, this was the only lift at an independent Arrowhead Mountain that was later connected with Beaver Creek.
Riding up the line.
View back down the line.
Tower 15.
Upper part of the lift line.
Unload area and maintenance rail.

20 thoughts on “Arrow Bahn Express – Beaver Creek, CO

  1. Random skier October 23, 2019 / 7:45 pm

    Why the 1200 Capacity? Arrowhead would seem to be a popular base area…


    • Donald Reif October 23, 2019 / 8:25 pm

      That’s a 2,800 pph uphill capacity.


      • vons3 February 21, 2021 / 2:10 pm

        When the lift was first installed it only had 84 chairs so 1200 would be correct for the initial capacity, with the addition of Bachelor Gulch in the late 90s the capacity was upgraded by adding the required chairs.


        • Donald Reif February 21, 2021 / 3:11 pm

          Which makes sense since Arrowhead was originally a private area that was annexed into Beaver Creek through the Bachelor Gulch pod.


  2. skitheeast October 23, 2019 / 9:30 pm

    I think this lift should be replaced with a gondola and extended up to the top of Bachelor’s Gulch. It would make getting in and out of Arrowhead much easier as skiers would be able to ski to the main base from Arrowhead in one lift instead of two.


    • Donald Reif October 23, 2019 / 11:02 pm

      This lift has an actual trail pod off of it. It would make more sense to keep it as a chairlift rather than make people take off their equipment after each run.

      Liked by 1 person

      • skitheeast October 24, 2019 / 7:10 am

        While that is true, it is a very long lift regardless and the upscale nature associated with gondolas fit in with Beaver Creek’s image.


        • Donald Reif October 24, 2019 / 11:15 am

          Arrowhead isn’t exactly the starting point that the main Beaver Creek Village is.

          It’s more likely that this lift undergoes a similar renovation to Pine Marten, wherein the terminals and grips get replaced while everything else is retained. Or, a chondola like with the Centennial Express lift.

          Liked by 1 person

    • V12Tommy April 19, 2021 / 11:18 am

      Oh god no. Way too much awesome terrain off of this lift for a gondola. If people want to get to the village without skiing, they can simply stay in the village, or take the shuttle bus. It is overdue for replacement, but they should replace it with a 6 pack, not a gondola. It is an easy ski from the top down to the Upper BC Express lift.


  3. Random Skier October 24, 2019 / 7:32 am

    The Beav is just Vail’s answer to aspen.


  4. R Thompson February 20, 2021 / 8:33 pm

    This lift was having some strange “surging” behavior when we rode it several times today. We were discussing how old it is and wondered when it would have to be replaced or upgraded. Probably soon…

    As far as gondola vs chair, at least for now gondolas are a poor choice in my opinion. COVID likely dampened enthusiasm for stuffing multiple strangers into a box for a while. We always avoid them because there are often A) People talking loudly on the phone B) Drunk people or C) Rowdy kids. No thanks. We actually avoid resorts that require gondola rides.

    Arrowhead is really low elevation so it’s not that cold and the chair works just fine!

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    • Donald Reif February 20, 2021 / 11:02 pm

      Either a terminal replacement or a six pack is the way Arrow Bahn will go in the future.

      Liked by 1 person

      • ALT2870 February 21, 2021 / 2:01 pm

        Vail has yet to do terminal replacement. The closest they have come is Red Buffalo and even then they replaced a majority of components on the towers including tubes not to mention that it was upgrade from a fixed double. (Oh, and this lift is two years older as well.) Highly doubt Vail would simple do a terminal replacement here.

        Arrowhead keeps getting more popular by the year, especially true after everyone found out about free parking. This terrain can easily call for a 6 pack which is 99.9% likely to be. Most likely along the lines of Avanti at Vail with the tubes being reused but a full replacement is more then possible.

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    • Micha Pena November 15, 2021 / 9:55 pm

      Then your probably too much of a jerry to ride aspen fool


      • Mike Hawk April 11, 2022 / 5:16 pm

        @Micha Pena wow, we got a badass over here. I bet riding assspen is wicked dope to you #nerd


    • Bob October 23, 2022 / 3:41 pm

      I can see a low capacity chondola here (maybe a 6/8?). After all, people who don’t like the gondola can ride the chair, and people who don’t like the chair can ride the gondola. It’s hard to find people who dislike chondolas, as proven by the popularity of Centennial.


  5. Joseph bono March 26, 2021 / 5:59 pm

    What’s the longest lift at Beaver Creek? I don’t mean elevation or time. Just pure length.
    Family and I have a bet!


  6. Munier Salem April 15, 2022 / 11:12 pm

    I think Arrowhead is technically Vail’s first acquisition. I say “technically” because Pete Seibert (one of Vail’s founders) was heavily involved from the very beginning. According to their website, the first run was cut in 1972 — just a decade after Vail opened, and 8 years before Beaver Creek would open. The lift-served “resort” only lasted about 5 years as an independent mountain, from 1988 to 1993.

    This lift services a very solid pod of terrain with a consistent intermediate pitch.

    Beaver Creek’s terrain is weirdly bar-belled: there are a lot of great low-angle greens (Red Buffalo, Mccoy Park) and a lot of black diamond terrain (Rose Bowl, the Talons, Centennial Face). But the mountain is sort of under-indexed on intermediate runs. Crowd favorites like Gold Dust, Red Tail, and Larkspur see relatively high skier density (and yellow jackets). Bachelor Gulch has some consistent blues, and as a result, can likewise get a bit crowded.

    But Arrowhead seems to fly under the radar. In my opinion, Cresta is a candidate for the best blue cruiser at the whole resort … just some really great rolling terrain for a solid 1,700 vertical feet and 1.7 miles of skiing. Arrowhead’s biggest downfall is the elevation, but in mid-season, it’s not a big deal.

    Liked by 1 person

    • BC Skier Guy April 19, 2022 / 9:25 pm

      Shhh… you’re not supposed to tell anyone! :)

      Kidding aside, Arrowhead is as much of a hidden gem as you can get at an area as well known as Beaver Creek. Cresta and Golden Bear are some of the best intermediate trails in the state, and the whole area is typically groomed very well. Free parking is pretty sweet too!

      As far as lifts go, 17 is due for a replacement simply due to its age. I could see a lower capacity six pack here, or a like-for-like high speed quad replacement. Reusing tower tubes and concrete could lower the cost a bit of a new machine. I heard from a local in town that the 17 replacement has to be at least partially paid for by Arrowhead homeowners. I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but if so it would be a bigger hurdle to get that lift replaced. I would imagine that Chair 12 (gondola/chondola for downloading from McCoy Park) and Chair 16 (increasing crowds in Bachelor Gulch over recent years) and are also high on the priority list for Beaver Creek.

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