COLORADO Ski Country USA snow resorts have devoted more than US$50 million to new projects for the upcoming 2011/12 season.
According to National Ski Areas Association, the United States had more skier visits in 2010/11 than any previous ski season in history, surpassing the 60 million mark.
Colorado resorts accounted for more of these visits than any other state in the US with more than one in five skiers choosing to ski at a Colorado resort.
"Without question, Colorado Ski Country's resort facilities allow the state to provide the absolute finest ski vacation experience available,"; said Melanie Mills, president and CEO of CSCUSA.
"Colorado has always set the standard with advanced improvements from high-tech lifts and ticketing systems, to state-of-the-art terrain parks and on-mountain amenities.";
What's new in Colorado Ski Country for the upcoming season:
Aspen/Snowmass's Buttermilk Mountain will have a new lift and gladed terrain this season.
The new Tiehack Express lift, a Leitner Poma high-speed quad, will replace both the Eagle Hill and the Upper Tiehack lifts, cutting the combined ride time from 18 minutes to just under seven minutes. New construction has already begun on the project and a complete installation is expected to be completed in December. In addition to the new lift, there will be some additional gladed terrain in the area.
Copper Mountain is replacing its High Point Lift in West Village (formerly Union Creek) with a new lift that will provide improved service for all levels of skiing and riding ability.
In conjunction with the new lift, the addition of a new trail connection from the east will make the circulation much easier from the Catalyst Terrain Park and the beginner and intermediate terrain.
Terrain park improvements
Rounding off terrain park improvements, Winter Park's Rail Yard Terrain Park's Super Pipe "Dig-In" will be completed during the early season, which will result in the Half Pipe being opened by Christmas.
Guests can now add zip-lining to the menu of activities at CSCUSA resorts. New and open for the season at Crested Butte Mountain Resort is a Zip-Line Canopy Tour. This major addition to resort amenities will be open year-round, enabling guests to ski to it during the winter months.
At Aspen/Snowmass, The Merry-Go-Round restaurant, situated mid-mountain at Aspen Highlands, is undergoing a major remodel to make the building more energy efficient as well as enhance guest comfort and food quality.
At Crested Butte, renovations to the Paradise Warming House, the mid-mountain cafeteria style culinary facility, are underway; and in Steamboat, the resort is creating a new après ski hot spot just across from the Gondola Square base area in the Cabin Restaurant at the Steamboat Grand.
On-mountain improvements continue at Crested Butte as the resort enhances its kids' trails through trees, over humps and going around obstacles. Winter Park has also enhanced its beginner trails with an easier Bypass trail to the Village.
Steamboat Resort will have heated pavers throughout Gondola Square base area so that guests will no longer need to trudge through snow and ice as they walk to the slopes and the Gondola. In addition, the multi-year Promenade project continues to make headway, connecting the base area with Ski Time Square.
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