[R361R, Ski China Peak], formerly Sierra Summit, was purchased last spring by Tim Cohee. His first 100 days of ownership promptly put talked-about upgrades into action.

Cohee, who served as president of Kirkwood Mountain Resort for the past 17 years, returned to China Peak after nearly 30 years where he once worked in management for a previous owner of the resort. His first days as owner saw the change of the resort's name back to China Peak and the launch of a lifetime memberships in the resort's VIP club.

Cohee also tackled complaints about long ticket window lines by purchasing a new ticketing system and adding off-site outlets for buying tickets at reduced rates. Outdoor seating in 100 new Adirondack-style chairs will be available for sun-soaking, and menus at food and beverage outlets are being overhauled with new selections.

Renovations spruced up the base area. The hotel has been renamed China Peak Inn, and has been outfitted with  new flooring, paint, beds, linens, restaurant lighting, and bar décor. Other remodels included Mid Way, the Mainstream bar, and a tripling of the women's restroom facilities at Mainstream. The resort's ski shops at the mountain and in Fresno also saw remodels, and the ski area will open with a new retail store and Learn-to-Ski and Ride Center.

Two lift changes will alter the slopes. Cohee plans to reopen the Firebowl T-bar, which will access a new terrain park, and the beginner rope tow will be relocated to enlarge first timer terrain.

Returning skiers and riders will find the first change at the entry to the resort. The new entry sign now reads China Peak.

More information. Or call 559-233-2500.