New Chairs Highlight Colorado’s Early Openers; More Snowmaking At Mount Rose
The ropes were dropped on and the lifts were spinning Oct. 12 at Wolf Creek Ski Area, signaling the beginning of another ski and snowboard season across the West.
Open weekends only until Nov. 2, Wolf Creek has a new chairlift up and running this season to get more powder hounds to where they want to go. The high-speed Charity Lift, named after the late Charity Pitcher, improves access to the powder stashes in the Alberta section of the mountain – already served by the Elma and Albert lifts.
Also at “Wolfie” is the new Alberta Grille at the base of those two lifts as the first on-mountain eatery.
While the southern Colorado mountain won the race to open, a trio of resorts are prepping to be the next and feature major upgrades for the 2018-2019 season. Here they are:
Scheduled to open Oct. 19, Arapahoe Basin debuts the much-anticipated Beavers Lift to provide lift access to the heretofore backcountry Beavers area. Once enough snow falls, the four-seat fixed-grip chair will open up 462 acres including two intermediate runs and a passel of double-blacks in Steep Gullies to skier’s left.
Over the pass at Loveland Ski Area, opening Oct. 20, a new high-speed quad replaces old Lift 1. Named Chet’s Dream after founding partner Chet Upham, the four-person chair will greatly enhance access to the steeps of Avalanche Bowl and Over the Rainbow – plus a half-dozen blues that run to mid-mountain.
At one of the highest elevations in the Tahoe region, Nevada’s Mt. Rose-Tahoe has set to spin its lifts on Oct. 26. Skiers and riders will find more snow on the ground, temps permitting, as 17 new snow gun towers have been erected, and an upgraded grooming fleet awaits the first flakes to lay down a solid base for the season.