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What’s New for Colorado Ski Season

With ski season less than 90 days away, resorts in Colorado ar epreparing to dazzle visitors with high-tech and innovative new upgrades. 

“Ski resorts in Colorado ski country are dedicated to continuing to improve the guest experience, adding new facilities large and small and upgrading behind the scenes infrastructure for the 2017-18 winter season,” said Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA.

Awaiting visitors at Colorado’s resorts are new chairlifts, new terrain, new lodging and dining options and more. 

Below are just a few of the many upgrades made in the state’s mountain towns.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Skiers looking for new terrain to check out are going to want to head to Arapahoe Basin. The resort has added 468 new acres of skiable terrain over the last two years. The expanded areas are at the Beavers and Steep Gullies. 

New for 2017-2018 are 371 acres of the most difficult and extreme terrain added. While the new acreage will be open for guests to take advantage of, there is some hiking involved to access the Pallavicini chair until the summer of 2018, when a new four-person lift will be added for better coverage. 

Other added enhancements include a revamped website (launching in October), a better rental facility as well as free public Wi-Fi access and free device charging stations. 

Aspen Snowmass

Snowmass is having a major anniversary this season and is celebrating in a big way. The resort is offering $6.50 lift tickets on December 15, 2017. This was the original price for a pass back in 1967 when the resort opened. 

Additionially, the resort will welcome the Breathtaker mountain coaster, a year-round ride that will drop guests more than 400 vertical feet on a mile of turning track and be open year-round.

The mountain coaster is a popular addition to many Colorado ski resorts as they look to broaden their reach further than just winter guests. 

Copper Mountain

A new lift and lodge have been added to Copper Mountain.  

The new Kokomo Express Lift will be available to better serve beginner guests at the West Village and Koko’s Hut, a casual eatery offering a large outdoor deck and sweeping panoramas of Copper Mountain and the Tenmile Range.

Copper Mountain is also on trend with a mountain coaster of its own. This season will see the launch of the Rocky Mountain Coaster. The new attraction has an overall length of 5,800 feet and a vertical drop of 430. 

The resort has also undergone a RFID technology upgrade and added three new restaurants: Toast & Co., Downhill Dukes and Ten Mile Tavern. 

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Crested Butte has upgrades for both beginners and experts.

Beginner hills have been regraded and there is a new adult beginner area. For those looking to experience some of the resorts toughest terrain, CB North Face Guides will be on hand to help expert skiers and riders navigate the extreme terrain of the resort, including the famed North Face.

Purgatory

Another of the resorts to add a mountain coaster, Purgatory’s will be accessible from the base area and open year-round. It will be 4,000 feet long with a drop of 300 vertical feet, eight switchbacks and one loop. 

The resort will also offer expanded terrain areas, including new intermediate and expert trails on the back- and front-sides of the mountain as well as new gladed tree skiing. 

Steamboat

The gondola at Steamboat has undergone significant upgrades this summer with new grips, hangers, terminal equipment, electronic controls and other infrastructure. 

It also added the Outlaw Mountain Coaster, which opened on September 8. It has a riding length of more than 6,000 linear feet and a 400-foot vertical drop—the longest in the U.S.

Telluride Ski Resort

Telluride is in the midst of a multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment in snowmaking upgrades and technology. This year, that means an expansion to its grooming fleet as well as an investment in a new dual-purpose project that is a golf course in the summer and a terrain park learning area during the ski season. The investment furthers the trend of resorts catering to year-round visitors. 

Winter Park

Better train access is coming to Winter Park with expansions and improvements to the Winter Park Express, which offers train service from Denver’s Union Station direct to the resort. There will be three additional First Friday Trips, meaning guests have more than 27 roundtrips from which to choose. Prices have also been lowered to $29 one way. 

Other upgrades have been made to the rental shop, grooming efficiency, snowmaking and trail access. 

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