Ski Resort Updates - New stuff for 2012-2013

25 Sep 2012 | Amanda
Breckenridge, Colorado

Breck recently announced its long-anticipated plans to expand onto Peak 6, but that terrain won't open until next season. The resort is hoping to hold over eager guests with private tours of the moutnain’s already massive trail system. An extension of Breck’s Ski and Ride School, the Peak to Peak Challenge program is an all-day, thigh-burning expedition across Breck's four peaks. For $230 plus the cost of a lift ticket, intermediate and advanced skiers in groups of no more than four guests to one instructor can explore hidden powder and jump to the front of long lift lines, all in an attempt to ski Breck's 10 most difficult trails. Succeed, and you'll be handsomely rewarded at the end of the day.



Sierra-at-Tahoe, California

So your boss isn’t too keen on you playing hooky for a week to heliski with your buddies in far off B.C. or remote Alaska? If finding a cooler boss isn't a reality, how about this alternative? Sierra-at-Tahoe is offering the next best thing to a heli expedition—backcountry cat skiing closer to home and office. Huckleberry Cat Tours will deliver you to the summit of Huckleberry Mountain where you can blow off steam charging through bowls, glades, cliffs, and chutes. All you need is a weekend. The TPS Reports will be right where you left them. A short lesson on avalanche safety along with a shovel, probe and beacon are included with the cat ride for $79. The cats carry up to ten guests and the excusion lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a short break for lunch provided by Huckleberry Cat Tours.

Snowmass, Colorado

Aspen Ski Co. started adding 230 acres to Snowmass’s Burnt Mountain earlier this summer. On September 5, the Ark Institute filed suit against Aspen to stop the removal of some trees in a roadless section of the forest.  Aspen has stopped all construction but hopes to resume and open the area before the ski season. Tucked away on the westernmost side of the resort, Burnt houses some of the resort’s best intermediate terrain. Rolling hills, loosely packed trees, and ungroomed glades cover most of the area. The addition would boost the resort’s total skiable acreage to 3,362 acres, making it the second largest ski resort in Colorado.

snowmass mountain expansion

Vail, Colorado

Leave it to Vail to one-up the competition. For its 50th birthday, the resort is unveiling a new 10-passenger gondola. Extending from the base village to mid-mountain, the gondola is the fastest of its kind in the world, and, in extravagant Vail fashion, the cabins will feature heated seats and Wi-Fi. But please, utilize the Wi-Fi for tunes and weather updates. Answering work emails is not acceptable during a ski vacation.

vail gondola

Jackson Hole Resort, Wyoming

Jackson can be an intimidating place. Not only because of the telemark-skiing cowboys and rowdy watering holes but also because of all that double-black diamond terrain. Well, the resort heard your cries and is improving its intermediate terrain. Not only does a new high-speed quad make the Casper intermediate trail network more accessible, the resort is also revamping and expanding the trails themselves.

jackson hole new chairlift
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