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Two New Lifts Highlight What's New At Power Pass Resorts

AZ-Snowbowl-Gondol_20201202-183742_1 The new chair-gondola combo lift at Arizona Snowbowl is one of two new lifts in the Power Pass system. (Arizona Snowbowl/Facebook)

The network of Mountain Southwest resorts under the Power Pass season ticket continues to grow, and ownership has built a reputation for putting out money for upgrades.

This season, aside from Covid-19 related adjustments, five of the seven mountains under the Power Pass boast new stuff on the hill and around the base. Owned by Mountain Capital Partners, these resorts sit in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona -- and the latest acquisitions of Nordic Valley and Brian Head in Utah.

The Power Pass itself added a Select ticket this season, which allows unlimited skiing and riding at five mountains, and 12 days to share between Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl.

Here's what else is happening at these resorts:

  • Skiers and riders who are getting a ride to Purgatory will see a new drop off location and a single scanning point that will eliminate further scanning at lifts. Plus, the Four Corners mountain added three snowcats to up its grooming capabilities.

  • Arizona Snowbowl will crank up its new Arizona Gondola, a combo six-pack chairs and eight-seat gondola cabins that replaces the Aggasiz bottom-to-top chair. The new lift will increase the speed of uploading and reduce the ride time to seven minutes, on the only lift to the summit at the only resort in northern Arizona.

  • Recently acquired Nordic Valley in northern Utah also has a new lift. A high-speed six-seater will add some 1,400 vertical feet to the existing 1,100-foot vert on the lower part of the hill -- first opening up about 50 acres of new terrain with potential for 300 acres total.

  • At Sipapu in northern New Mexico, outdoor has expanded with a 35-seat Meadows area along the river. A food truck will sit nearby.

  • Ski Hesperus will turn on the lights again for night skiing and riding. So will Brian Head in southern Utah from 4-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • At Pajarito, chainsaw crews worked this summer to clear dead trees off of Fab Four and that area.

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