Colorado: What’s New on the Slopes

Dave Camara captures a show at the new Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Stage, photo by Dave Camara.
Dave Camara captures a show at the new Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Stage, photo by Dave Camara.

Skiing Vacations in Colorado: Check out what’s New this Ski and Board Season

By Kristen Richard

Whether or not you love nature one cannot deny that looking out across a mountain range after a day of Colorado ski vacation is both breath-taking and cathartic. One also cannot deny that enjoying an exquisite plate of food can have the same effect.

Guests traveling to the state of Colorado for this upcoming ski and snowboard season have many improvements to look forward to, which include music, new ways of ticketing, trails, and of course food. Here is a run down on the newest, the latest, the tastiest and the greatest!

Divide and Loveland Pass at Arapahoe Basin, photo by Arapahoe Basin
Divide and Loveland Pass at Arapahoe Basin, photo by Arapahoe Basin.


Colorado has gone to new heights in order to make their resorts even more accommodating to their guests. The first being how guests arrive.

This winter, new flights and expanded service from major US airports will make resorts in Colorado more accessible to skiers and snowboarders in the USA and around the world.

There will be more flights from Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Minneapolis – St. Paul, Newark, Phoenix, Seattle, and Washington – Dulles.

Certain cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C will offer direct flights to some Colorado resorts making it even easier for skiers and snowboarders to get on the slopes.

For more flight information visit Fly Denver. for all airlines that fly in and out of Denver and airport information.

Arapahoe Basin

Once guests experience the newfound convenience of arriving directly at the resorts they have a lot to look forward to. At Arapahoe Basin a new stage has been built. It will offer family friendly and positive concerts ranging from blue grass to ’80s rock band covers.

There will also be concerts during the season for events like the New Belgium Mountain Adventure, the Festival of the Brewpubs, and Save Our Snow. In order to see what shows are coming up guests should check out the Arapahoe Ticekt Basin Website.

Currently the shows are free and open to guests at the resort and to the general public. In the spring starting on the last weekend in April, guests can expect a concert every Saturday, till the first weekend in June

Guests planning on skiing and snowboarding at the Arapahoe Basin should also look at the website for improvements on the season passes and tickets. A new call center is being added to further enhance guest’s experience.

For more information on tickets and booking visit the Arapahoe Basin website.

Mountain Plaza is located right near the American Eagle lift, photo by Ski Colorado. Aspen Snowmass

Along with the beautiful mountains at Aspen guests can enjoy the newly remodeled mid-mountain Cloud Nine Restaurant. While maintaining its historic appeal the $1.1 million renovation will include two functional dining rooms, new restrooms with fire places, and kitchen enhancements.

The bistro will continue to serve its wide variety of wines, cocktails, and fondue. To read more visit their website.

Copper Mountain

In addition to improving its award-winning geo-target mobile application called Sherpa, which allows skiers and boarders to track their runs throughout the day, Copper Mountain is also improving their dining options.

The Mountain Plaza building located right near the American Eagle lift. The plaza will now offer a Starbucks on the first floor, making that dream of a quick peppermint hot chocolate right before the next run a reality.

If you crave a quick bite to eat without losing anytime on the slopes just below the top of the American Flyer lift the Belgian Bean will offer a, “grab and go service” the food includes Belgian waffles and a variety of hot beverages.

For more information check out the Copper Mountain Webiste.

Crested Butte

The new Crested Butte building will now offer guests a 360 degree view of mountains and sunshine while dining on exceptional food. Guests can also enjoy the view at the 700 square foot bar area with a large variety of drinks.

For those who enjoyed dining at the WoodStone Grille there is a new menu to look forward to. Guests can enjoy custom stone oven pizza, pasta, grille items, andCrested Butte’s new Ten Peak Area Restaurant, photo credit Crested Butte local Colorado draft beers.

The new Flat Top Flyer at Powderhorn Mountain will get guests up the mountain in 6 minutes, photo by Free Press.
The new Flat Top Flyer at Powderhorn Mountain will get guests up the mountain in 6 minutes, photo by Free Press.

Even though guests find themselves there in the midst of wintery winds Crested Butte is teaming together with Mantanya Distillers to bring the beach to Colorado, in the form of a menu at the Paradise Grill.

More Trails with Teo 2

When guests are not enjoying the top notch food and drinks at Crested Butte’s newly renovated restaurants, they can enjoy 50 acres of skiing and extreme terrain called Teo 2.

Teo 2 is located within the resort’s current ski area, and is part of an expansion that will eventually add more than 200 acres of advanced and intermediate skiiing with two new lifts on the far eastern side of the mountain.

For more information on Copper Mountain visit their webiste.

Monarch Mountain

In honor of the resort’s 25th anniversary and along with opening 1000 acres of trails guests can also look forward to a yurt! A 700 foot yurt has been built in the base area. The yurt will house the mountain’s skiing operations. Groovy!

Monarch Mountain's new yurt, at the base of the ski area.
Monarch Mountain’s new yurt, at the base of the ski area.

The yurt will be open in the morning to give skiers and boarders a morning briefing. The Yurt will also serve lunch.

To learn more about the yurt and booking visit Monarch Mountain.

Powderhorn and Purgatory

In the upcoming 2015 to 2016 skiing and boarding season Powerhorn Mountain will unveil its new Flat Top Flyer. The new lift will be able to carry 1,800 riders and cut ride time down from 12 to 6 minutes. To learn more about the Flat Top Flyer and tickets visit their website.

Guests can also look forward to a faster ride up Puragtory allowing for more time on the slopes. The new high-speed chairlift will take guests up the mountain in 5 minutes, last season the trip took 13minutes. To learn more about the new lift and tickets visit the Purgatory website.

Tickets and Passes

Many resorts such as Steamboat and Winter Park are upgrading their ticket and pass technology. With new technology tickets, multi-day passes, and season passes can be reused over multiple seasons. Guests can recharge the card over the phone or online by the credit card.

This allows guests to skip lines and not have to carry cash on the mountain because guests can also put additional cash on the card to be used in restaurants. For more information Visit Steamboat or Winter Park.

Skiers and boarders have a lot to look forward to this upcoming season. For more information visit the Colorado Ski website.

Kristen Richard is currently a junior Journalism major at Umass Amherst. When she is not writting she enjoys photograhy, running, biking, horeseback riding, and finding new places to travel.

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