New this season in Colorado Ski Country

When you visit Colorado Ski Country this season you should be pleasantly surprised with new features, events, and more. This year you’ll see a lot of big anniversary milestones and “mountain coasters” popping up all over.

Read on for the a summary of the the highlights and new features coming to Colorado Ski Country resorts and mountains this season.

Arapahoe Basin

  • New lift: a new four-person lift is coming next summer
  • Rental shop remodel: to help get guests out to the slopes faster
  • Expansion: adding 468 acres over two years into Beavers and Steep Gullies

Aspen Snowmass

  • US Grand Prix: hosting the Olympic-qualifying event in January
  • Anniversary: it’s 50th anniversary features $6.50 lift tickets on December 15th
  • Mountain coaster: the Breathtaker will open in December with 400 vertical feet of drop over a mile of track, open year-round


  • Lodge: a new yurt lodge will be open all season with food, drinks and a deck
  • Anniversary: it’s 75th anniversary will be celebrated on New Year’s Eve

Copper Mountain

  • RFID: adding the scanning technology to 8 lifts
  • New lift: the Kokomo Express is being upgraded
  • US Grand Prix: hosting the Olympic-qualifying event in December
  • Mountain coaster: the Rocky Mountain Coaster travels over a mile of track, dropping 430 feet

Crested Butte

  • Lessons: improved grading on the teaching terrain and a new adult beginner area
  • Pizza: a new pizza oven is coming to Paradise
  • New extreme program: CB North Face Guides helps experts navigate the extreme terrain

Echo Mountain

  • Tree skiing: improved access is coming
  • Trails: wider trails to accommodate beginners


  • New lift: introducing the Alpenglow Express six-person lift taking 15 minutes down to 4
  • Free wifi: Indian Peaks Lodge is adding free wifi
  • New cat: a new snowcat will improve the grooming experience

Granby Ranch

  • More trails: adding cross-country skiing trails
  • Programs: introducing a snow school with Chris Anthony


  • More lights: to increase night skiing terrain
  • New yurt: for more indoor space for guests
  • Rental shop expansion: for a better customer experience


  • Anniversary: celebrating 80 years
  • Snowcat skiing: added to Dry Gulch for the first time



  • Trail improvements: work to improve the glade skiing and acreage


  • Mountain coaster: operating year round, traveling 4,000 feet and dropping 300
  • More terrain: expanding intermediate and expert trails on the back and front with more glades
  • Mid-way loading: Needles Lift 6 will offer mid-way loading
  • Improved snowmaking: improved infrastructure for more capacity and efficiency


  • Snorkels: snorkels will be provided on days with over 50 inches of powder
  • Season pass upgrade: an Unguided Spring Pass with 10 partner mountains


  • Gondola: improvements made across the equipment making it faster and smoother for all
  • Mountain coaster: running year round down 6,000 feet making it the longest in North America


  • Mini-Mayor: elections are being held
  • Grooming: more equipment added


  • Anniversary: celebrating it’s 45th
  • Snowmaking: millions being spent on upgrades

Winter Park

  • Train: the Winter Park Express continues, expands service, and reduces some prices
  • Rental and retail: improvements to speed up service
  • Snowmaking: new snocats and more guns and pipe to improve the early season
  • New trail: from the top of Zephyr to the Mary Jane Trail to easily get to Mary Jane from Winter Park

Wolf Creek

  • New lift: Lynx lift is a covered conveyor lift for beginners but helps access Elma and Alberta lifts
  • Snowmaking: expanded capacity with guns and a new snowcat
  • Ticketing: a new system will make it faster and allow season pass holders to go straight to the lift

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