Skiing season for all Colorado mountains and resorts is almost among us. While a few have already opened, there are still a few that remain to open their doors for the new skiing/snowboarding season. A popular and growing sport, more and more resorts are trying to create more additions to accomodate their customers.
There is a lot to look forward to this season, including mountain coasters and new trails for the more experienced riders.
New This Skiing Season
Four Colorado mountains will all be adding new mountain coasters to their resort, including Copper Mountain, Steamboat, Purgatory and Snowmass. These new mountain coasters are gravity-driven and elevated up to 40 feet off the ground. The attractions vary between 4,000 and 6,000 feet in length, include drops of more than 400 feet and also include waves, dips and 360 degree loops. Vail and Breckenridge both already have coasters in operation.
Eldora – New High Speed Lift:
No one likes waiting 15 minutes to get from the base of the mountain to the top in a lift. Eldora has changed that long wait time with a new high speed lift accommodating six passengers down to only four minutes. Now you can get more runs in at Eldora.
Arapahoe Basin – terrain expansion:
A major expansion this season, Arapahoe Basin will be adding 371 acres for the likes of those who prefer extreme and expert skiing. Opening on the A-Basin’s west side, “the Steep Gullies and the Beavers” terrain is perfect for the experts. While those who take advantage of the new addition have to trek back to the Pallavicini chair this year, a new chair will be in operation next year for easier transportation. The complete expansion will be completed for the 2018-2019 season, adding a total of 468 acres to the resort.
Three New high-speed lifts:
Vail Resorts has traditionally had high speed lifts that accommodate four passengers. This year, Vail has transformed three of their lifts in order to accommodate six people instead. Have a larger group of people? You should try the Montezuma Express at Keystone Mountain, the Falcon SuperChair at Breckenridge and Northwood Express available at Vail Resorts.
More Skiing/Snowboarding Improvements
Looking for more challenging trails? Purgatory has you covered as they will be adding new trails, expert and intermediate, which total 1,600 acres.
With the new addition of a new tent with a large deck, skiers will have some of the best views of the Continental Divide.
Winter Park has a new trail. The new trail will lead from the top of Zephyr Express lift over to the Mary Jane Trail. The new addition allows for more acces to the Mary Jane Trail from the Winter Park side.
What Else is New?
Transformation of the Colorado Snowsports Museum:
The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Musuem, as it was previously known, is now going under an enhancement of $2.4 million. New touch screen displays are being added to the museum with interactive features of the ski areas and “lost resorts”. The interactive displays will also include competition history of the hundreds of World Cup races and four World Alpine Ski Championships dating back to 1967. The Snowsports Hall of Fame and 10th Mountain Division exhibit will still remain in the museum.
Winter Park Express:
The number of service days have been increased to 27 this skiing season as the service from Union Station has added three First Friday trips. One way trip prices have been lowered to $29 on select trips.
Article Source: John Meyer, The Denver Post