Get the inside line on what’s new at your favorite resorts this winter
Novice and expert riders alike will get to enjoy the fruits of the largest expansion and enhancement of Vail’s snowmaking operation in the mountain’s history. This development will grant guests earlier access to higher elevation terrain, a wider selection of trails and improved early season ski school slopes. In addition to nearly 200 acres of new snowmaking terrain, Vail is adding new experiences and events to entertain guests while honoring its own storied history.
From progressive new parks and improved access to exceptional terrain to a collection of new building developments, Copper is upping the ante for the upcoming ski season. Their new Three Bears chairlift is an exciting addition to the mountain’s landscape, ferrying riders up over 12,000 feet to enjoy some of the best expert in-bounds terrain in the state. Three Bears will give riders access to 273 acres of riding on Tucker Mountain previously accessible only by hike or snow cat. Moving from peak to park, Woodward Copper is opening three transformed venues including the Woodward Peace Park, a collection of non-linear quarter pipes, contours, berms, rollers and more for intermediate and advanced skiers and riders.
Following a snowmaking expansion in Red Buffalo Park, Beaver Creek now offers more reliable early-season terrain, with the goal of providing more than 3,300 vertical feet of top-to-bottom skiing and riding on opening day each year. For its youngest guests, Beaver Creek has renovated the Children’s Ski School, upgrading its services to ensure a seamless experience across the board, from registration and sales to rentals and fittings. On the hill, riders will get the chance to improve their skills at Beaver Creek’s second signature learning area, Haymeadow Park. The park, designed for beginner riders of all ages, features a gondola, lift, and two magic carpets, plus a learning area with a beginner racecourse, Buffalo Bumps and Berms, and Ske-Cology environmental learning.