The Ikon Pass Showcases Six Colorado Resorts
With snowmaking temps more favorable, more and more Colorado ski and snowboard resorts are opening, and Ikon Pass holders can try out as much variety in Colorado as in any other state in the Union.
The multi-resort Ikon Pass is good at six mountains in Colorado. Four resorts of the 15 U.S. mountains owned by Ikon issuer Alterra Mountain Corp. are located within the Colorado borders. This means full-on Ikon Pass holders unlimited skiing and riding all season long without blackouts at Steamboat, Eldora, Winter Park, and Copper.
This season, visitors to Steamboat will get a glimpse of the future. Construction is underway for a full redevelopment of the resort's main base area. Work includes realigning the gondola terminal, an ice rink, and retail and restaurant renovations. Popular BBQ spot Routtie's returns this season, as does night skiing.
Motorists who climb the Front Range to get to Eldora won't have to make a parking reservation -- as they did last season -- but vehicles with only one occupant will be charged $10. Alternative: Free roundtrip bus ride from downtown Boulder.
Also at Denver's favorite day mountain, the Woodward Eldora mountain parks that opened last season continue to get bigger and more progress, with beginner areas, large freestyle zones, and all-level features.
At Copper Mountain, the parking reservation system has been taken down for Alpine and Far East lots. With more to come, including a new Lumberjack chair, mountain crews this summer began custom-designing the Western Territory as a family-specific area on the western edge of the mountain.
And, at Winter Park, there is a couple of new eateries opening, including Denver's favorite Stoney's Bar and Grill and pop-ups on the mountain. Plus free sunset gondola rides take off after 4 p.m. Friday-Sundays.
At mountains that take Ikon Pass for seven days, renovations at Aspen Snowmass centered around food. The Aspen Mountain got a remodel, and the High Alpine restaurant at Snowmass add the Alpin Room with tastes from the Alps.
And, Arapahoe Basin debuts the Steilhang Hut near the top ridge of the mountain. Designed as a classic warming hut, German fare is what you'll find there -- plus a deck for checking out lines on Montezuma Bowl.