What's New in Colorado Ski Country

By Rich Silver

Arapahoe Basin, now on the IKON Pass, has completed a 468-acre terrain expansion for advanced skiers and riders. Be sure to check out Il Rifugio, the highest lift served restaurant in North America at over 12,500 feet, with stunning views of the Continental Divide. arapahoebasin.com

Beavers at Arapahoe Basin; Photo by Dave Camara

After opening The Limelight Hotel, Snowmass continues the expansion of its lower base village with The Collective, a new community event center. At the base of Aspenmountain, the newly renovated Little Nell celebrates its 30th anniversary and the ultra-cool W Hotel will open itsdoors. aspensnowmass.com

Snowmass; Photo by Jeremy Swanson

Copper Mountain has 273 new acres of expert terrain to explore on Tucker Mountain. The new Three Bears chairlift will reach terrain previously accessible only by snowcat or hiking. Copper has also begun construction on the 127-room Creekside Hotel, with an outdoor patio complete with firepits and hot tubs. Unwind and soak in the views after a day on the slopes. www.coppercolorado.com

Terrain park enthusiasts will be excited about Eldora’snew Zaugg terrain-shaping machine, which allows the park crew to create innovative park features all winter long. eldora.com


Loveland, partnering with the Colorado DOT is offering a roundtrip ticket on direct bus service for only $25 with further discounts for seniors, children and the disabled. Pick up is at Denver’s Union Station and runs on weekends starting December 12th. skiloveland.com

Monarch Mountain celebrates its 80th Anniversary this year and will open a new gladed tree run as well as a children’s interpretive run.www.skimonarch.com

Family friendly Powderhorn is opening the Umbrella Bar at the base area. A new app and website are designed to improve the guest experience. powderhorn.com

Purgatory is offering free ski and snowboard lessons to first-time skiers and riders of all ages. Children 10 and younger are eligible for a free season pass through the Power Kids program. purgatory.com

After zipping through Sunlight Mountain’s new gladedarea, head down to Glenwood Springs for a soak in the hot springs and check out the renovated Hotel Colorado. sunlightmtn.com

Silverton Mountain will expand its unguided season for backcountry skiers beginning March 18th and runs five days a week through April 19th. silvertonmountain.com

Steamboat has a brand new gondola to zip skiers up the mountain. Don’t forget to keep your eye out for Taco Beast, Steamboat's roaming snowcat-turned-food truck. steamboat.com

Steamboat Taco Beast

Telluride’s 40 acres of new north-facing gladed terrain and steep chutes has opened for advanced and expert skiers. There are now 7 daily non-stop flights from 6 major U.S. hubs and the resort’s new app includes up-to-the-minute lift status information, snow reporting and an interactive trail map. tellurideskiresort.com


A new 6-person lift will reduce lift lines at the bottom of Winter Park’s amazing Parsenn Bowl. For the first time, guided off-mountain adventures and backcountry skiing and riding will be offered. winterparkresort.com

Parsenn Bowl-Winter Park

And for powderhounds, make this the year to visit Wolf Creek, known for the deepest snow in Colorado. wolfcreekski.com

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