Upcoming Events: Wolf Creek 2017 Opening Day, Breckenridge 2017 Opening Day

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

Cooper

  • 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

Eldora

  • 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

Hesperus

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

Loveland

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

Monarch

Powderhorn

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

Purgatory

  • 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

Silverton

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

Steamboat

  • 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

Sunlight

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

Telluride:

  • 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

Information about CSCUSA and its members can be found at ColoradoSki.com, on Twitter @ColoradoSkiUSA and on Facebook at Facebook.com/ColoradoSkiCountryUSA