Resorts around Colorado are adding terrain, features and programs that are definitely worth a look this year. Plan your Colorado ski vacation accordingly, and you’ll be enjoying run after run on virgin terrain.
The most exciting improvement coming out of Colorado this winter is the opening of Revelation Bowl off the backside of Gold Hill. This brand new above-tree line terrain will be geared toward advanced and expert riders. Tucked in amongst 13ers, Revelation will also give skiers some of the best views in the Rockies. The new quad Revelation Lift will provide access to the area. Revelation is a part of Telluride’s multi-year expansion that began last season with the opening of Black Iron Bowl.
Telluride also recently announced they'll be opening Gold Hill #1 and the Apron this winter. This terrain off the backside of Revelation Lift will be considered Extreme due to cliffs, steeps and unmarked obstacles.
A revolutionary facility will set Copper apart when it comes to park skills training. Woodward at Copper is scheduled to open this January. Copper teams with Woodward, the respected name in gymnastics and action sports training, in the creation of the facility that will allow riders and skiers to learn and hone their park skills. The indoor aspect of the program will feature trampolines and foam pits, allowing riders to try new jumps and tricks without the fear of painful consequence. Programs will also provide on-snow training.
Although we didn’t set out to include every deal and package out there, the Epic Pass earned a spot. The season pass allows unlimited riding at all of Vail’s resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly), as well as A-Basin. Final cost is an unbelievable $579, a price that’s less expensive than most single resort season passes at resorts this caliber. The pass could pay for itself within 7 uses. Don’t worry about black outs or restrictions, because there are none. The only catch is that you need to hurry—price is valid until Nov 15.
Also new at Vail this season, an intense training program SKImersion will train guests like the pros. The program uses special fitting techniques to provide the perfect equipment, daily video to run through appropriate performance technique, intensive indoor and outdoor training and focused reviews to provide the trainee a comprehensive overhaul of his skill set. The program is an excellent option for skiers looking to really take their game to the next level.
Snowcat access will expand into an additional 200 acres this season. Tilt, a new kid’s terrain park will open featuring boxes, slides and jumps aimed at younger riders looking to break into park riding. Sleepy Hollow will be cleared and widened. Trees cleared out will be recycled and put to use in the K2 Organic Terrain Park.
Two new runs are scheduled to open in the Teocalli area. Teo 2 and Teo 2.5 will be expert runs. A new intermediate park will open, while DC Terrain Park will be upgraded with new features.
The little resort in Denver’s backyard gives metro residents more reasons to stay close to home this year. New glades will be added to the Westside Glades, and Wood Wave, 686 Tree Bridge and Echo’s Burton Staircase will provide brand new freestyle options.
The counterintuitive Canopy Cruiser will add 18 acres of terrain in the Deep Temerity area. Despite its benign name the new run is graded for experts at one of Colorado’s steeper, more challenging mountains.
Buttermilk adds a superpipe to their freestyle terrain this season.
Two new runs open on the west side. Hooligan and Bear Claw will both be black diamonds.