Colorado Ski Country USA Resorts to Make New Infrastructural Improvements

Free snowcat rides to The Ridge LovelandColorado Ski Country USA is prepared to offer guests its services, amenities and resort facilities for the 2012 to 2013 ski season by making enhancements.

As part of their commitment, resorts are enhancing their profiles this season by adding new infrastructural components. Improved snow making and maintenance at a number of resorts is calculated to enhance skiing and riding. Developments such as new restaurants, increased terrain and additional built-in activities will supplement the overall guest experience.

One resort that will be affected by the new improvements is Howelsen Hill. The oldest continuous resort in operation west of the Mississippi, is building a $1.75 million HS45 (Hill Size 45) ski jump that will be fully functional in summer and winter.

Wolf Creek's new Race Hutch will make its debut this season with race equipment, fencing, gates, sound system, banners and new water-free composting restrooms that will be installed at the base of the Alberta Lift replacing the current temporary port-a-potties.

Snowmass will also add 230 acres of new terrain on Burnt Mountain, bringing total skiable acreage to 3,362 acres, making it the second largest ski area in Colorado.

Loveland’s new on-mountain developments include complete renovations on The Ptarmigan Roost Cabin at the top of Chair 2 and The Rockhouse at the top of Chair 1. The resort will also reconfigure Chair 2 to add an off-load station below the current re-load station, allowing the area to offer early and late season lessons for beginner skiers and snowboarders when Loveland Valley is closed.

Monarch will expand and remodel The Base Lodge as its first project, a $2.3 million investment. An additional 16,000 square feet of space will enhance the facilities and services. The improvements include rejuvenation of the entire lodge, including creating indoor stairs to all levels, a handicap elevator, a fire suppression system and more seating throughout the Lodge.

As part of its commitment to improving the experience for beginners and introducing the sport, Arapahoe Basin is adding an $80,000 conveyor lift in the Pika Place Learning Arena

Opening in December 2012, the Tube Park at the Winter Park Resort will feature four lanes, conveyor lift access and a state-of-the-art warming structure with restrooms, hot chocolate service and flexible space available for groups.

Copper Mountain’s newest attraction, the Alpine Rush Zip Line, will continue to operate throughout the 2012 to 2013 winter ski season. This family-friendly ride features a unique dueling-design which allows two guests to fly side-by-side as they soar 30 feet above Copper’s West Lake ice skating rink.

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