Here’s What’s New at Colorado Ski Resorts This Season, Including Improvements, Upgrades, and Anniversaries

Brent Thomas | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Now is the time to make your plans for ski season. Credit: Copper Mountain

The air is getting cooler, the trees are turning color, and ski season is around the corner. Every new season brings something different to the ski resorts. New lifts, expanded terrain, and upgraded facilities can all be celebrated.

Below is a list of what will be new this season at Colorado ski resorts. Note that the list of resorts only includes areas that are members of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA).

Arapahoe Basin

  • Replaced the Lenawee Lift (a fixed-grip 3-seater built in 2001) with a high-speed 6-pack
  • New on-mountain dining options, including Steilhang, an alpine hut located just below the top of the Lenawee Lift that serves Colorado-made German sausages, beer, and pastry

Aspen Snowmass

  • New 9,300 square-foot skier services building at the base of Buttermilk for ticketing, rentals, and retail
  • Renovated Buttermilk Mountain Lodge restaurant (formerly known as Bumps) with its expanded bar and outdoor patio called The Backyard

Ski Cooper

  • New terrain in the Tennessee Creek Basin & Chicago Ridge

Copper Mountain

  • Gearing up to go big and celebrate their 50th anniversary

Echo Mountain

  • Trail maintenance and improvements including a re-route for beginner guests to more easily get to the bottom of the mountain


  • Celebrating its 60th season
  • $7 million parking expansion that will add nearly 800 parking spaces
  • Snowmaking improvements around Alpenglow Lift and Little Hawk learning area
  • Brand new rental fleet and will have brand-new gear available for both daily and seasonal rentals
  • Upgraded Timbers Lodge kitchen that has doubled the cooking and serving capacity
  • Upgraded on-mountain internet to better serve guests

Granby Ranch

  • New RFID access control at all lifts (guests can purchase online and use a new Pick-Up Box to avoid the ticket window)
  • Improved Wi-Fi capability in Base Lodge and the base area
  • New paint and carpet inside the Base Lodge in Granby Ranch Outfitters and the Blue Bird Bistro

Hesperus Ski Area

  • Expanded Power Kids free season pass to include kids 12 and under
  • Allowing uphill access in designated areas outside of operating hours with an uphill pass

Howelsen Hill

  • Celebrating its 107th year in operation (the oldest continuously operating ski area in North America)
  • New tubing hill

Loveland Ski Area

  • Expansion of the Valley Lodge and facilities
  • Replaced Lift 6 with a fixed-grip triple from Leitner-Poma of America

Monarch Mountain

  • Remodeled ticket windows
  • Doubled capacity of the locker room
  • Trail work on tree skiing areas that will make them available earlier in the season

Powderhorn Mountain Resort

  • Snowmaking infrastructure improvements
  • New beginner area surface lift

Purgatory Resort

  • $1.25 million investment in snowmaking upgrades

Silverton Mountain – no significant updates


  • Celebrating its 60th season
  • Continues full steam ahead with its $200 million, multi-year transformation
  • New beginner area called Greenhorn Ranch will be serviced by the new Wild Blue Gondola, a new beginner lift, and two new carpets
  • Opening a new ice-skating rink

Sunlight Mountain Resort

  • New ski school ski and snowboard yurt
  • New outdoor food station

Telluride Ski Resort

  • Celebrating its 50th season
  • New high-speed detachable quad from Doppelmayr for Chair 9
  • Snowmaking enhancements across the mountain

Winter Park Resort

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What upgrades will you experience this winter? Credit: Ikon Pass

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