What’s new at Colorado ski resorts this winter? Plenty

Newsroom Travel What’s new at Colorado ski resorts this winter? Plenty

New lifts, gourmet Colorado sausages for lunch, family-friendly adventure zones, increased parking capacity, more daily flights, and more new features than you can hit with a snowball are on tap for guests during the 2021-22 season.

Here’s a sampling of what’s new at Colorado ski resorts this winter;

Arapahoe Basin

Now that the ski area is a 75-year old, you’ll want to check out the new Steilhang Hut serving those gourmet sausages and more German food choices. You can even enjoy it outside on the wraparound deck. Tickets will only be sold online and in advance.

Aspen Snowmass

Seems like Aspen Snowmass is hitting the 75-year milestone, too.. So look for a new logo at Aspen and Snowmass. The Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain has a new cable and the Aspen Mountain Club has been remodeled.

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek Resort will add 250 new acres of lift-served, welcoming ski terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers to connect and elevate their mountain experience. McCoy Park will be the resort’s newest learning area and is a separate, family-friendly zone, allowing for a relaxed experience for families. McCoy Park will offer 17 trails of natural, groomable glades while maintaining 20+ km of gladed cross country and snowshoe trails.


A new detachable chairlift on Peak 7 will improve skier access to the beginner and intermediate terrain on Peaks 6 and 7.


Enjoy an array of light fare and beer in the new Timberline Trading Post and Tap Room. The rental and retail area space has been increased by 25 percent capacity.

Copper Mountain

It’s the launch of Copper’s Western Territory on, as you’d guess, on the western-most side of the mountain, dedicated to beginners, kids, and families. Two, new family-friendly adventure zones, two new trails, and a connector trail will offer skill development for families. Free, unrestricted parking will once again be available in the Alpine and Far East parking lots.

Crested Butte

The 2-person Peachtree Lift will be replaced with a Skytrac triple chair servicing the beginner terrain at the base.

Echo Mountain Resort

Look for new menus at Brothers Grill and the pizza truck has moved to a more convenient location. Tickets must be purchased in advance.


No parking reservations are required this season, but single-occupancy vehicles will be charged $10 on weekends and holidays in accordance with Boulder County’s sustainable transportation priorities. Free round trip RTD rides are available from Downtown Boulder.

Granby Ranch

Snowmaking acreage has been tripled to 115 acres for more dependable early season snow. New fiber has been installed so you’ll be better able to stay connected.

Howelson Hill

Ride the new Barrows triple chair which replaced the old double. A new ticket office and concession area will improve guest services.


The Peru Express will be replaced with a new 6-Pack lift that will increase out-of-base traffic and help circulation.

Loveland Ski Area

Take snowcat tours in Dry gulch, just east of Lift 8 for a guided backcountry experience. Book the entire cat or purchase individual seats. You’ll find plenty more room in the Loveland Lodge, tripling the cafeteria seating and more space for the expanded rental shop and ski and ride school.

Monarch Mountain

Some 200 new spaces have been added to the Paradise parking lot, while new RFID technology will enhance guest flow through chairlift lines. Shredders is a new food option.

Powderhorn Resort

Improvements to the state-of-the-art gravity-fed snowmaking system will allow skiing and riding both earlier and later in the season. Be sure the check out the new Sunrise Coffee &Pizza.

Purgatory Resort

Improvements have been made to snowmaking and new snow groomers have been added. Existing lifts have been modernized with new electric motors and digital drives and trees have been thinned out across the mountain. Riders will want to hop onto the new Burton snowboard fleet.


Time to celebrate 20 years of use of its chairlift with events all season long.


The first phase of Steamboat’s “Full Steam Ahead” project is complete. Look for an expanded base area, streamlined arrival process, and a realignment of the gondola. Ruthie’s in the Torian Plum Plaza is back with BBQ specialties, too.

Sunlight Mountain Resort

The lower parking lot has been expanded along with six new vehicle charging stations. There’s a new website upgrade with an online store, new ticketing, season pass, and lift scanning software. at the BaseTelluride Ski resort: Beginner and intermediate skiers and riders will take off into the new Grouse Glades. A $1 million snowmaking upgrade covers 60 acres and will help with consistent early-season terrain. Now, you can fly from Phoenix every day on American Airlines.

Winter Park Resort

There are new and improved food and beverage options, including Ember at Snoasis, an outdoor wood-fired dining facility. Bradley’s at the Base offers scratch-made chicken dishes while Front Range Shoney’s Bar and Grill will open a location in the village. Season pass holders will enjoy breakfast burritos and coffee atTen Buck Huck and several new pop-up locations will be placed around the mountain. Online mobile ordering is back. New this winter will be sunset guided skiing and riding after 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Access it via free gondola rides to Sunspot.

Vail/Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek gets the upgrade this season with a new Dopplemayer detachable quad lift servicing the McCoy Park Learning Zone with a second quad providing egress to the top of Strawberry Park and the Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lifts.

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