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Best On-Mountain Improvements of the 2016-2017 Ski Season
By Misty Milioto | Photo: COURTESY OF BEAVER CREEK RESORT | November 21, 2016
Skiing and snowboarding are right up a man’s alley—athleticism, adrenaline and competitive fun all rolled into one exhilarating activity. The 2016-2017 ski season proves to be one of the best yet. Here are our top picks for the best of the season.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (mammothmountain.com) has several exciting announcements for the coming ski season. First off, the Northern California-based ski resort is enhancing its iconic Hemlocks bowl—a hike-accessed powder playground—with new jumps and platforms throughout the area. After earning a few turns in the bowl, be sure to check out The Outpost, a burgers and brats base camp that is now offering local craft beer at its Boundary Bar. In addition, throughout the ski season, Mammoth will celebrate 20 years of its Unbound Terrain Parks with events, parties and on-hill activities.
In North Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows (squawalpine.com) is offering a new app that provides real-time lift, trail and snow data for iPhone and Android. The one-touch group-friendly creation allows you to stay connected with pals on the hill, sharing location and messaging throughout the day. Real-time tracking shows the exact location of everyone in the group on the resort map, including position on lifts and runs; smart messaging auto-populates a user’s location into texts for easy communication; a performance dashboard shows daily and seasonlong data (such as trails and lifts skied, miles covered, hours skied, average and maximum speeds, and the difficulty of trails skied).
Colorado’s Telluride Ski Resort (tellurideskiresort.com) joined The Mountain Collective (mountaincollective.com), a collaborative pass program that provides access to some of North America’s best ski mountains, including Aspen Snowmass, Lake Louise and Stowe Mountain Resort). In addition, direct flights from Denver International Airport to Telluride Regional Airport start this Dec. 17 on Great Lakes Airlines (greatlakesav.com). Also in December, Allegiant Air (allegiantair.com) will be offering discounted flights from Denver to Montrose/Telluride Airport.
Skiers and snowboarders can look forward to more reliably fresh snow on the slopes this season at the renowned Beaver Creek Resort (beavercreek.com) in Colorado. A new Snow Refresh project, which took two years of testing and development, includes the installation of the world’s most advanced snowmaking equipment across three of the resort’s most popular trails (Red Tail, Gold Dust and Centennial). When conditions are optimal, the snowmaking machines activate, oscillate and cover the trails with a fresh, seamless canvas of snow.
Big Sky Resort (bigskyresort.com), located in southwest Montana, has announced a major plan for progressive improvements over the next decade with Big Sky 2025: A Focused Vision for the Future. Led with an investment of more than $150 million in resort improvements, the phased implementation includes
the development of one of North America’s most advanced chairlift networks, as well as elevated lodging, dining and shopping experiences.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (jacksonhole.com) in Wyoming is adding a new Doppelmayr gondola program, scheduled to open mid-December. The new Sweetwater Gondola will significantly increase capacity out of the base area and, in coming seasons, provide access to a new and enhanced ski school facility in the Solitude midstation area. The Sweetwater Gondola will be located between the Bridger Gondola and the Teewinot High Speed Quad, and it will terminate just uphill of Casper Restaurant. In total, the new gondola will rise almost 1,300 vertical feet and take 7.5 minutes to reach the top.
A number of improvements at Utah’s Solitude Mountain Resort (skisolitude.com) are ongoing as a result of the resort’s merger with Deer Valley Resort (deervalley.com) last year. For starters, there’s the new Summit high-speed detachable quad chairlift that replaced the double chairlift last season, and the renovated Roundhouse midmountain restaurant debuts this season as well, offering Himalayan- and Wasatch-inspired mountain cuisine with one of the sunniest backdrops in the Cottonwoods.
See more of our coverage of the 2016-2017 Ski Season here: