Colorado resorts are preparing for the fast-approaching ski season. More than $100 million are being invested by Colorado’s ski areas. From new lifts, to new cafes and new terrain park features, Colorado is hoping for another strong ski season.
Vail Resorts, with four Colorado ski areas, plans upward of $128 million in upgrades to its six hills, including a new high-speed chair in Beaver Creek’s Rose Bowl, a new eatery on Vail Mountain and $30 million in work at its newest resort, California’s Northstar-at-Tahoe. Colorado’s other 22 ski areas are investing more than $50 million into upgrades, with a new chair and terrain at Aspen’s Buttermilk and new lifts at Copper Mountain, Loveland, Monarch and Ski Cooper.
SolVista’s has enhanced its terrain park with a natural log park and trick-friendly features. Winter Park’s now dug-in halfpipe will energize its Rail Yard Terrain Park and require less manmade snow (i.e., water and energy) during installation. Durango Mountain Resort and Crested Butte Mountain Resort are adding ski-up zip lines, while Monarch adds a new Sno-Cat for its backcountry powder chasers and Wolf Creek replaces its race hut. Loveland is giving its Ptarmigan Roost Cabin a face-lift and installing its first on-hill restrooms. Copper Mountain’s new partnership with the U.S. Ski Team means an improved snowmaking system will help American racers train in the early season. Loveland, Steamboat and Eldora Mountain Resort also are enhancing their snowmaking operations.
Aspen Skiing Co. is constructing its fifth super- green building with its 300-seat Elk Camp restaurant, scheduled to open for the 2012-13 season. The company is also renovating Aspen Highlands’ midmountain Merry- Go-Round restaurant.
Crested Butte is revamping its midhill Paradise Warming House, and Steamboat is building a new apres- ski bar at the slopeside Steamboat Grand hotel.