DENVER (KDVR) – The more things change, the more they stay the same – and that’s the case with ski resorts, many of which are working on ways to provide customers with a more enjoyable experience.
Several new features are popping up in the Colorado ski area with new terrain, lifts, lodges and other sites new to visitors this year.
Below are details of the many changes you can expect to see in various ski areas if you head to the mountains this winter.
Loveland Ski Area
Skiers and snowboarders in Loveland can expect a new lift this season.
“The new Lift 6 towers were hoisted up the mountain today,” Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area Marketing Manager, told FOX31 on Tuesday. “Elevator 6, originally built in 1977, is being replaced with a new Poma fixed handle triple elevator. The Loveland ski area is only 10 days away from snowmaking. Loveland usually opens mid to late October.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Those wishing to visit A-Basin can expect a new six-pack lift in November which will replace the legendary second lift known as the Lenawee Lift.
The second chair, as some call it, is a lift known for its sweeping views of the slopes as it travels to the drop-off point for some steep blue and black ski runs, including the Montezuma Bowl.
Cuchara Mountain Park
Cuchara is not yet open but seems to be getting closer. Hidden away on the eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, southern Colorado’s only potential ski resort is looking to reopen in Huerfano County. However, as a nonprofit with 5013c status, it has at least an additional $20,000 to raise on top of insurance costs. Authorities are asking for donations on its webpage to have the elevator certified and open the park for winter this season.
The resort hopes to offer lift tickets between $20 and $40. The station is also looking for volunteers to fill various roles. The current backcountry terrain above the resort will remain free and open to the public. According to the website, resort officials with Panadero Ski Corporation are working to commission the lift to serve both beginners and families.
“The chair will provide approximately 300 feet of elevation gain and access to seven trails on approximately 50 acres,” a statement on the website reads. “Additionally, we were able to purchase a used snowcat for grooming and a small snow cannon (we accept in-kind donations – please see our list here) to ensure that the snow conditions are as optimal as possible.
“The lift-served ski area aims to provide beginners and families with a truly affordable experience to learn the joys of skiing and horseback riding and develop an appreciation for nature and healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation. air.”
Winter Park Ski Resort
New terrain, grooming improvements for faster trail openings and additional nighttime adventures after the lifts close are new to Winter Park, officials said.
The field reserved for experts doubles in size according to Winter Park employees.
“We plan to open a previously closed section of ‘Circus Territory’ known as the ‘Jelly Roll’ for its steep terrain and ability to hold light, fluffy snow for days after a storm,” the blog post of Winter Park Ski Resort said. “We also plan to open more land in the Falls area on Mary Jane. These planned trails are controlled avalanche chutes and offer pillow lines, cliffs and adventurous access to the popular “Powder Field” area between Trestle and the Chutes. »
Resort management plans to increase early trail maintenance while improving parking areas.
For late hours, they added several options.
“We are thrilled to introduce our brand new Cosmic tubing nights,” the blog reads. “We are also bringing back cosmic ice skating, Guided skiing at sunset, and add new improvements to our party Snowcat & S’mores evening visit. We’re also extending our mountaintop after-festivities at Sunspot to Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, starting December 15th. The gondola is free after 4 p.m., so everyone can partake in the fun (and the views) at 10,700 feet.
Steamboat Ski Resort
At Steamboat, the result of a multi-year, $200 million base and mountain transformation will be seen in the new ice rink, a second gondola serving a new beginners’ learning area, and some additional food hall options when the area opens in mid-winter. According to officials, the initiative has been called Full Steam Ahead.
“The station’s sustainability initiatives continue with a focus on a 10% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions and reduction of plastic waste station-wide,” said Hanna Albertson, communications coordinator for Steamboat Ski Resort, in a statement. “Steamboat’s flight schedule is expanding with the addition of Southwest’s nonstop flight from Nashville, Tennessee to Ski Town, USA® for the 2022/23 winter season. This year marks 60 years of Steamboate anniversary and the resort is paying homage to its history with celebrations throughout the 2022/23 season.
Steamboat is also investing over $2 million in mountain improvements including snowmaking, lift maintenance, ski patrol equipment and mountain machinery, including two new Level 5 snowcats: a free cat and a winch cat. Over the summer, more than $450,000 has been spent on general maintenance and upgrades to the resort’s lifts and nearly half a million dollars is expected to be invested in new ski rental fleets. skis and snowboards, including gear from Rossignol and Burton, Albertson said.
Sunlight mountain station
This resort nestled between Aspen and Glenwood Springs has a few new additions.
“We will have a new ski school rental yurt at the lodge, and a new piste map has been created reflecting the five new pistes we added during the 2018/19 season,” said Troy Hawks, manager. marketing of Sunlight Mountain Resort. “There is a newly acquired lift in our parking lot that will replace our Segundo lift next summer. We call this season a sayonara in Segundo, which is the oldest operating chairlift in the state of Colorado.
The station elects a new “mini-mayor” on November 8 and all children 12 and under can launch their campaigns from October 1 at www.mini-mayor.com. Voting begins October 10.
Mini-Mayor gets a free season pass, a new pair of skis or snowboard (think Air Force One), and a seat at Sunlight’s executive table.
This story will continue to be updated as we hear more and more resorts and ski areas.