Based on information from the annual COO breakfast where COOs Alan Henceroth, A-Basin; John Buhler, Keystone; Gary Rodgers, Copper; Pat Campbell, Breckenridge; and Rob Goodell, Loveland participated to give updates on rental and on mountain improvements. The following improvements have been made to the resorts:
Once again A-Basin was the first to open, for the season, this last weekend. With hundreds of people camping out to get first chair it was a great opening day.
A Basin is continuing to work on the ski area’s 430-acre Beavers expansion proposal. Its environmental impact statement is currently under review by the Forest Service. Officials hope to have approval early 2015 and for construction to begin in 2016.
New Colorado Chair located at the base of Peak 8 will replace the old chair with a new six-seat chair and increase rider capacity from 2800 to 3600 skiers/riders per hour.
Some of the Outback terrain has been redesigned and the Outback life has been expanded by 20%, the unloading area has been expanded and a viewing deck has been added to take in the surrounding views.
Copper Mountain is focusing on the12s, which is the terrain above 12000 feet, continuing last years efforts with 2 new tow lifts above tree line. Additionally, Copper is expanding their Sherpa program with the Sherpa 2.0 smart phone app designed to assist guest in navigating the mountain.
Last year Loveland received the most snow of any Colorado Resort and was able to start their snow-cat operations ahead of schedule. This year the mountain will add a new warming hut, complete with rest rooms; finish the renovations to the cafeteria, and is adding a new magic carpet in the learning area.
With all the new improvements on mountain and the improved rental rates based on a good season last year, 2014 is shaping up to be another great year. So, no matter where you ski in Summit County there will be something new to discover and enjoy. If you want to take advantage of the upcoming season with a rental or vacation property, call Anne Marie at 970-468-2740.