Easier to get around Purgatory this year. (Purgatory/Facebook)
Each ski and snowboard season brings upgrades, improvements and just plain new stuff at Colorado resorts, where the competition for visitors is fierce.
This year is no exception. Many continue to increase snowmaking capacities, and there are always upgrades to on-mountain eating and drinking facilities, and base area lodging.
For the changes that matter most – the ones on the hill – here’s a trip around the Centennial State.
Along the southern tier, Wolf Creek has added a beginner conveyor that also gets you to Elma and Alberta lifts with less climbing. Near Durango, Ski Hesperus installed more night lights and a new yurt, and partner Purgatory cleared new trails on both sides, and Needles chair now has midway loading.
In central zone, Crested Butte put in an adult learning area, plus instituted a new guide service helping newcomers to navigate the mountain’s gnarliest terrain. Cooper has a new mountaintop yurt, and Powderhorn cut more glades.
Front Range skiers and riders get a hint at Arapahoe Basin’s expansion as Beavers and Steep Gullies officially open up 370 acres of most challenging terrain to hikers. Next season, the new Beavers Chair goes in. This season, Eldora has its first high-speed ready for action.
Vail Resorts’ mountains went in for new high-speed chairs: Montezuma Express at Keystone, Falcon SuperChair on Breckenridge’s Peak 10, and Northwoods Express at Vail. Next door, Beaver Creek replaces Chair 5 with high-speed version.