It’s official! The 2016/17 ski season is underway! As always, each new ski season in Summit County and surrounding areas bring various improvements to the ski areas we all love to ski at and visit. This year is no exception. Although there are no major terrain expansions this season, there are some interesting new offerings. Read on to see what changes are coming to your favorite ski area.
Breckenridge: Over the past 10 years Breckenridge’s pace of improvement has been frenetic to say the least. This year feels like Breckenridge is finally taking a breath and offering a few minor (but awesome) upgrades.
Peak 7 joins the restaurant club: Breckenridge will be offering a new on mountain 490 seat restaurant at the top of Peak 7. The new restaurant will offer house made options like fresh made salads and a Mediterranean station. All of this will be set to the incredible views of Summit County and beyond. This restaurant will offer a great service to the skiers who like to spend most of their time on the Peak 6 and 7 side of the mountain.
Improvements at the Peak 9 Base Area: Peak 9 is the place where Breckenridge Ski Area and the Town of Breckenridge actually meet, snow to town. Peak 9 is obviously a huge part of the Breckenridge experience. To make it better for all of the people who will visit Peak 9, the plaza area will see a new snow melt system and brick pavers replacing the dated cement surface, making for a more inviting and smoother transition to the snow.
Keystone: Like Breckenridge, Keystone will be offering a small set of improvements but they will be fun and exciting nonetheless.
New family private lessons: A family private lesson is a great way for a close group to bond together while adding skills to their bag of skiing tricks. It’s a great opportunity for skiers of all abilities to come together and get better at the snow sports they love. Private lessons can be reserved for up to six family members (or friends) of similar ability, and with instructors who specialize in working with the whole family so that everyone’s ski and snowboard needs will be met on the snow.
Snowmaking improvements: Always striving to be the first Vail owned resort open (and one of the earliest in the country), More than 10 different snowmaking projects were completed to repair, upgrade and enhance Keystone’s snowmaking system, including the replacement of a primary water supply pump and upgrades to key electrical systems. Maybe not glamorous but still very important.
Kidtopia – Growing like kids do: Keystone has always been a family resort offering a variety of daily programming throughout the winter season beginning Thanksgiving weekend. This year test your aim and compete with family members at the Giant Snowball Launch, hunt for the elusive sasquatch during the Bigfoot Adventure Walk, create a masterpiece and keepsake at Cupcakes and Canvases and experience the world’s largest snow fort beginning mid-December. With the majority of Kidtopia events free of charge for all participants, there is something fun for everyone.
Arapahoe Basin: A-Basin is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year (Wow!) and with that the base area is undergoing $1.3 million in renovations this year.
Arapahoe Sports remodel: Located at the north end of the A-Frame base lodge, the Arapahoe Sports retail shop is the only place to buy exclusive A-Basin logo wear, posters of the ski area and other gear and gifts. For years the shop has been a tiny little store, almost forgotten at the north end of the A-Frame. The final shop comes in at 2.5 times larger than the original space. A-Basin is also upgrading the A-Frame exterior to be more in line with the aesthetic of the recent base area upgrades.
Base area plaza improvements: This summer A-Basin worked to finalize the look of the base area plaza, with improved walkways and ramps as well as better outdoor seating and viewing areas for the main stage. It is hoped this major regrading project will increase the enjoyment of everyone who comes to A-Basin in both winter and summer seasons.
It’s coming this summer: Copper Mountain has not announced any new improvements for this ski season but they are looking towards this spring and summer to add some major new additions including a new alpine roller-coaster that will be built this coming summer, a million-dollar expansion of snowmaking and the start of an extensive network of lift-serviced mountain biking trails. Good things are coming down the pike!
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