More terrain, restaurants and lifts: what’s new in Colorado’s ski resorts

Skier Andrew Hoff catches some air from a jump on the first day of the 2022-23 ski season at Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort.  Photo: Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post via Getty Images

Skier Andrew Hoff catches some air from a jump on the first day of the 2022-23 ski season in the Arapahoe Basin. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post via Getty Images

Colorado ski resorts are upping the ante in terms of dining and amenities this season, as part of a broader strategy to create unique visitor experiences.

What you say: “Resorts are looking for ways to get people up the mountain,” says Sarah Beatty of Colorado Ski Country, an organization that represents 21 ski resorts.

What you should know: Many resorts have taken advantage of the pandemic to invest in new snowmaking equipment for better early season coverage and upgraded ticketing systems and visitor centers to get you up the mountain faster.

  • The Mountains of Vail Resorts also pledged to limit the number of lift tickets sold on certain busy days after receiving poor reviews for overcrowded lifts and runs last season.

Here’s a look in the novelties of this season:

  • Arapahoe Basin introduces a high-speed, six-person chairlift designed to replace the old Lenawee lift. At the top of the lift you will find the new Steilhang restaurant, which serves German sausages, beer and pastries made from local ingredients.
  • Breckenridge added a high-speed, four-person chair to replace the old Rip’s Ride, making it easier to do laps around its beginner’s terrain.
  • buttermilk mountain in Aspen, Snowmass has transformed its Bumps Restaurant into a new venue with an expanded bar and outdoor patio.
  • Eldora facilitates parking with 800 spaces. And on the mountain there is also improved internet access.
  • Howelsen Hill in Steamboat is introducing a new tubing hill this season for those who don’t want to click their skis.
  • love country has upgraded its Lift 6 with a new three-seater chair that makes it faster to do laps.
  • steamship With new terrain, its own lift and two carpets, it has become more comfortable for beginners. A new ice rink at the base will appeal to families, and a food and beverage hall will open in mid-winter.
  • telluride added a high-speed four-person lift at Chair 9, reducing lift time from 15 minutes to 7 minutes.
  • Vail will spin his new Sun Down Lift, a four-person chair on top of Wildwood that will ease access to the rear shells. The Game Creek Bowl lift is also new and now seats six people per chair, increasing capacity by 50%.
  • winter park opens Expert Terrain in the Cirque Territory and Mary Jane Chutes that will feature pillow lines, cliffs and drop offs.

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