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Snowmaking Upgrades In Colorado, Lookout Extends Hours, Boreal Gets New Chair

Lookout-Kids Lookout Pass goes seven days a week this season. (Lookout Pass/Facebook)

As a new season begins, skiers and snowboarders head to the hills, always looking for what’s new at their favorite resort – and what improvements they might find if they venture to other areas.

Here’s a look at a quintet of resorts in Colorado, Idaho and California that expect to drop the ropes in early November.

More and more snowmaking going in at Breckenridge. (Breckenridge/Facebook)

At Keystone and Breckenridge, the installation of snowmaking infrastructure occupied crews this summer. Keystone’s Paymaster run got a new main pipe to keep its most popular run well-covered. Neighbor Breckenridge followed suit, installing 50 new snow guns on Peak 9. The busiest mountain in the West also started up Breck Guides service for backcountry tours.

Deeper manmade snow at Keystone this winter. (Keystone/Facebook)

Up in North Idaho, Lookout Pass loyalists will have to wait a year for a planned mountain expansion. But the resort will be open seven days a week for the first time. Childrens’ program will dip into the youngest ages, with lessons on weekends and holidays for those 4 to 6 years old.

Learn to ski and ride the Mammoth backcountry. (Mammoth Mountain/Facebook)

Heading into the backcountry tops Mammoth Mountain’s newest developments. Newcomers can take Intro to Backcountry Touring before going under the ropes. Also, the SoCal mountain opens up three-hour sidecountry touring loop past Tamarack Lodge on the backside and a return to the main lodge.

New beginner chair goes in at Boreal. (Boreal Mountain/Facebook)

It was all about beginners at Boreal Mountain this summer. A new chair, the California Cruiser, went in on the novice slope, and so did more snowmaking equipment. Also, a new parking lot went in – free for pass-holders and pre-purchase ticket buyers.

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