Colorado resorts are celebrating some big birthdays. Three resorts had their first lifts up and running back in 1939. [R511R, Wolf Creek], [R240R, Monarch], and [R507R, Winter Park] are all turning 70. [R1435R, Silverton Ski Area] celebrates ten years in operation.

The news out of Monarch is an improved fleet of rental equipment for beginners and advanced skiers as well as bigger and better organic terrain parks. They're calling it the Platinum Season at Monarch. Season passes are still on sale for $319 (adult), with unlimited skiing and no blackout dates. Prices go up to $419 Nov. 7. Plus you get extra days at 11 resorts in four states as part of a cooperative effort.

Wolf Creek in southwest Colorado opens the new Raven's Day Lodge this season.

Winter Park finally will have a finished base area, with expanded lodging options, restaurants, shops, and an outdoor ice rink.

Silverton continues to offer extreme terrain and very high altitude skiing and riding. It has been ten years of dedication by owners Jen and Aaron Brill to create this extreme niche in Colorado skiing.

[R181R, Howelsen Hill] in downtown Steamboat Springs is still the oldest ski area in operation. It was started back in 1914, and is on the Colorado State Register of Historic Places. Over the decades nearly 70 Winter Olympians have trained on its slopes and jumps. Kids in town still go there after school every day to train, whether it is alpine, freestyle, Nordic, or Nordic jumping. Howelsen is open to the public.

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