The largest ski and snowboard resort owner in the world enters its second decade of its expansion with a modest slate of on-mountain upgrades and a couple of portfolio-wide improvements.
For all who purchase tickets ahead of time at any of Vail Resorts' 17 North American mountains, there's no more waiting in ticket window lines. Roving agents will furnish bar-coded tickets at the base lift area to get people on the mountain quicker.
The newest of Vail Resorts properties will get immediate attention this offseason.
At Stevens Pass – Vail's first foray into the Pacific Northwest – beginners and intermediates will have shorter lift lines and quicker rides up the lower half of the Washington State mountain because of two new lift replacements and upgrades to eateries on the mountain. The fixed-grip double Brooks chair will become a high-speed quad serving to popular Waterfall and Broadway areas. Out of the base, the old Daisy triple in the main learning area will add a seat to be a fixed-grip four-seater.
At Vermont's Okemo, the Sugar House and Summit Lodge will get facelifts and new menus.
Following the nationwide trend, Vail Resorts will pump up snowmaking at a number of its resorts, including at its Colorado holdings of Vail, Keystone and Crested Butte, where upper mountain learning terrain will get the most attention.
An overhaul of the the ski school center at Beaver Creek is expected to streamline the process, as will novice skiers and riders at Breckenridge in a 22,000 square-foot new skier service center at the base of Peak 8.
At Park City Mountain, a series of on-mountain eating improvements continues with the overhaul of Tombstone BBQ at the base of the Tombstone and Timberline lifts in White Pine Canyon.