Following the record-setting 2013-2014 season, Colorado ski resorts have invested in hotels, on-mountain dining and learning centers for young skiers and snowboarders, as well as new chairlifts, groomers, and snowmaking systems, all aimed at enhancing the the ski and snowboard experience.
In Summit County, Arapahoe Basin is building a new kids center at the base area that will be partially powered by solar energy and feature environmental displays with information about the flora and fauna around the Continental Divide. Guests can follow the progress of the construction on the A-Basin Facebook page.
Copper Mountain hasn't built anything new, but the resort is upping the smartphone app game by turning over the controls of Sherpa to everyone, allowing for an open-sourced mountain. Not only will guests be able to create and share their own mountain tips and favorite trails, but Copper will reward the best contributors with swag, tickets, passes and even a prized treasured spot on 2015/2016 winter trail map. Sherpa 2.0 will change how guests interact with the mountain and create a community rewarding those who help to improve the mountain experience. Learn more about Sherpa at http://www.coppercolorado.com/Sherpa.
Loveland Ski Area is adding a second Magic Carpet surface lift at Loveland Valley. Loveland Valley is a unique learning area with a base lodge, equipment rentals and other amenities, and is used by beginners and those looking for a slower pace while visiting Loveland Ski Area. The Valley is adjacent to Loveland Basin and is accessible by a short shuttle ride. This new magic carpet will be open to the public and will provide access to gentle terrain perfect for first timers. Loveland Ski Area is also adding a new on-mountain warming hut on the noth side, off Chair 8.
Winter Park Resort’s largest on-mountain building construction in over 25 years, Lunch Rock Restaurant will be a state-of-the-art facility utilized year-round, with 150-seat heated deck, 250-seat indoor restaurant, bar, and hydration station all focusing on Colorado themes. At 16,000 square-feet, the new restaurant will be over five times larger than the previous structure at Lunch Rock, which was built in 1985. While adding another exciting experience for visitors to the Mary Jane Territory, Lunch Rock Restaurant will also service guests skiing and riding Winter Park Territory, Parsenn Bowl Territory, Eagle Wind Territory, and the Cirque Territory, making the restaurant a convenient hub for the many people who pass through the area each day.
Several resorts in Colorado are recognizing significant anniversaries and milestones during the 2014/15 season. Winter Park will celebrate its 75th anniversary on January 28, 2015 with a weeklong series of events that kicks off with a celebration at Winter Park resort and finishes with Mary Jane’s 40th birthday party. Monarch and Wolf Creek ski areas are also celebrating 75 years this season. Both ski areas are releasing special 75th anniversary logos, Monarch will host anniversary fireworks on New Year’s Eve, and Wolf Creek will host a Retro Day to commemorate the occasion. Additionally this winter, Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs will recognize the 100th anniversary of ski jumping at the nostalgic ski area.