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What's New at Colorado Ski Resorts for 17/18

Fresh tracks at Purgatory.

Fresh tracks at Purgatory.

Copyright: Scott D.W. Smith, Purgatory Resort

With the first snow of the season projected to fall in the northern Rockies this week, Colorado ski resorts are unveiling new improvements for the 2017/2018 season. Upgrades that include new chairlifts, terrain, lodging and dining options are just the beginning. Multiple events and competitions are on Colorado's winter calendar along with the annual holiday celebrations and festivities.

See below for the biggest ski resort news coming to a Colorado ski area near you.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

For the 2017/2018 season, skiers and riders will have access to Arapahoe Basin’s new 468-acre expansion (371 acres to be opened this coming season) into the Beavers and Steep Gullies. Guests will need to hike back to the Pallavicini chair after testing their mettle against the resort’s newest and most extreme terrain.

Aspen Snowmass

Aspen Snowmass is set to host Olympic qualifying events January 10-14, 2018. Both the U.S. Snowboard Team and U.S. Freeski Team will be competing for a shot at gold at the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain will be the site of Olympic qualifying events December 6-10, 2017. Expect to see U.S. athletes going huge in the halfpipe and big air events during the U.S. Grand Prix. The Kokomo Express Lift and Koko’s Hut (lodge) are also new for the coming season.

Crested Butte

CB North Face Guides, a new program for the 2017/2018 season, will aid skiers and riders in navigating some of the resort’s gnarliest extreme terrain. Not ready for the steep and deep just yet? CB is also introducing a new area geared toward adult beginners with re-graded teaching terrain.

Crested Butte gives Epic Pass holders access to some of the most advanced terrain in Colorado.  - © Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Crested Butte gives Epic Pass holders access to some of the most advanced terrain in Colorado.

Copyright: Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Eldora Mountain Resort

Jump aboard Eldora’s new six-pack lift this coming season and slay a few lines before heading to work. The Alpenglow Express is a high-speed detachable lift that’s expected to cut the usual 15-minute ascent down to just four minutes. The Indian Peaks Lodge will also offer free Wi-Fi.

Loveland Ski Area

In celebration of its 80th year of operations, Loveland’s popular snowcat service will offer skiing in Dry Gulch for the first time.


Purgatory will offer new intermediate and expert terrain for the 2017/2018 season. The new terrain, located on both the back and front side of the mountain, includes freshly gladed tree skiing. 


Silverton’s new Unguided Spring Pass ($149), new for the 2017/2018 season, provides skiers and riders one of the most affordable options for exploring the mountain’s expansive terrain.

Telluride Ski Resort

Telluride is kicking off the 2017/2018 ski season with an expanded grooming fleet and snowmaking upgrades. A new 15-acre terrain-based learning center will be open for skiers and riders looking to improve upon the basics.

Telluride has ample terrain to keep 19 year old local Greg Hope occupied when he's not attending college.  - © Liam Doran

Telluride has ample terrain to keep 19 year old local Greg Hope occupied when he's not attending college.

Copyright: Liam Doran

Winter Park Resort

Skiers and riders can avoid the traffic this season by hopping aboard the Winter Park Express, which will offer additional trips this coming winter. The train from Denver to the slopes will now offer a total of 27 round trip trips with lowered pricing on one-way trips.

Wolf Creek Ski Area

Wolf Creek's new Lynx Lift, a covered conveyor lift, will provide skiers and riders with easy access to the resort’s beginner terrain. As a bonus, the lift provides intermediate and advanced skiers access to the Elma and Alberta lifts.



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