Vail Resorts is spending between $110 and $115 million toward improvements for the upcoming ski season. The largest beneficiary is the new Park City with a total costs of $50 million to tie together what used to be Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons. This will become the largest ski resort in the United States with more than 7,300 skiable acres and the 2nd largest in North America behind Whistler Blackcomb’s 8,000 skiable acres. The new eight-passenger Quicksilver gondola will link together the two formally independent resorts. The gondola will run from the Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. Park City will also get a new 500-seat restaurant called Miners Camp, at the base of Silverlode. Other improvements will include upgrading the King Con and the Motherlode lifts, updating the Summit House Restaurant, expanding the Red Pine Lodge and widening some trails and adding more snowmaking.
Vail Mountain will be replacing the Avanti Express Lift (#2) with a six passenger lift. The Avanti Express Lift (#2) is a primary lift on the front side of the mountain and the upgrade will reduce wait times and disperse skiers and snowboarders from the Lionshead area to mid-mountain. A loading conveyor and gates will improve efficiency and increase capacity by up to 30 percent.
Beaver Creek snowmaking refresh expands for 2015-2016 season. This winter, 23 fully automated fan guns will equip Red Tail and Centennial trails to enhance the “Snowmaking Refresh” fleet. This adds a dusting of snow on top of the groomed trails. This one-of-a-kind system ensures that guests will always be skiing or riding on the freshest snow available every day.
Breakenridge is adding snowmeaking on Peak 6. A mile of new snowmaking on Lost Horizon and Barton Breezeway trails on Peak 6 is critical to get the popular new area open in the early season regardless of the natural snowfall.
Keystone Lodge and Spa will undergo a remodel where the hallways will have a new feel after being re-carpeted and the doors and woodwork replaced. The guest rooms on all the six floors will be upgraded with new soft goods.
EpicMix Time is an expansion of EpicMix, which will allow guests at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone access to lift line wait times in real-time to help guests better navigate the mountain and make most of their ski and riding experience. EpicMix Time will debut durning the 2015-2016 winter season.
Vail Resorts has invested over $500 million in the past 5 years for improvements. Come ski the best!