TORONTO – Fall is in the air, which means that snow is around the corner. With the change of seasons comes a renewed excitement around winter travel, and Colorado’s breathtaking landscapes and snow-filled adventures are the ultimate way to immerse in winter.
There’s lots of exciting reasons to hit the slopes this winter in Colorado, whether guests are looking for steep terrain or a cozy fireplace. Colorado Ski Country USA’s (CSCUSA) 21 member resorts are gearing up for a fantastic 2022/23 season with five milestone anniversaries, five new lifts and many new amenities and attractions on the resorts, perfect for the entire family.
This seasons big anniversaries include: Copper’s 50th, Eldora’s 60th, Steamboat’s 60th, Sunlight’s 55th and Telluride’s 50th. While Steamboat’s Howelsen Hill is 107 years old this season, the oldest continuously operating ski area in North America. CSCUSA also celebrates 60 years of promoting and growing Colorado’s ski industry.
Air Canada and United Airlines offer direct flights to Denver International Airport from several Canadian cities including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Air Canada is currently running a World of Savings promotion with savings on 180+ cities for travel from October 2022 until May 2023, if booked by October 12, 2022. Other options include flying directly to Aspen and Snowmass via Chicago O’Hare.
Two more great ways to save are the CSCUSA kids Ski Passport and the Gems Card. The Ski Passport is for students in 3rd through 6th grades, and is good for 80 days on the slopes this season for $59 per pass. Each pass also includes two free junior rentals from presenting sponsor Christy Sports. The Gems card lets you choose your discount on a classic Colorado skiing or riding experience at ten participating member resorts for $42.
Many of Colorado’s ski resorts are also covered by the Ikon Pass. Members of the Ikon Pass community now have access to 50 iconic global mountain destinations in 10 countries across the Americas, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
Check out what’s new at CSCUSA’s Colorado ski resorts:
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Arapahoe Basin’s motto is ‘Legendary for a Reason’ thanks to its elevation, challenging terrain, and traditions. Over the summer, A-Basin replaced the Lenawee Lift with a high-speed 6-pack, giving guests quicker access to the slopes. Also this season, guests can enjoy new on-mountain dining options, including Steilhang, an alpine hut that serves Colorado-made German sausages, beer, and pastry. Visit www.arapahoebasin.com.
Aspen Snowmass is putting the final touches on a 9,300 square foot skier services building at the base of Buttermilk, including a Four Mountain Sports rental and retail shop, plus Ski and Snowboard School services. The renovated Buttermilk Mountain Lodge restaurant now has an expanded bar and outdoor patio called The Backyard. Visit www.aspensnowmass.com.
Cooper is offering new terrain in the Tennessee Creek Basin & Chicago Ridge made for expert skiers! While other first-timers, families and adventure-seeking intermediate skiers will find plenty of terrain on Cooper’s front side, with short-to-nonexistent lift lines. Visit, www.skicooper.com.
Copper Mountain – celebrating 50 seasons
In early December, the resort will host a 50th anniversary party to celebrate legendary figures and unforgettable moments from years past. And the celebrating will continue the entire season. Visit www.coppercolorado.com.
Echo Mountain is closest to Denver, just 36 miles west of downtown giving guests’ easy access from Denver International Airport. Much trail maintenance and improvements were done during the off-season, plus night skiing is also offered. Visit www.echomountainresort.com.
Eldora – celebrating 60 seasons
Eldora updates include a $7 million parking expansion, improved snowmaking, new rental gear and an upgraded Timbers Lodge kitchen. Visit www.eldora.com.
Granby Ranch has streamlined the guest experience with RFID access control at all lifts so guests can purchase on-line and use a new Pick-Up Box to avoid the ticket window entirely. Visit www.granbyranch.com.
Hesperus Ski Area
Check out the Power Kids free season pass, which has been expanded to include kids 12 and younger. Also this season, Hesperus allows uphill access in designated areas outside of operating hours with an uphill pass. Visit www.skihesperus.com.
Howelsen Hill – the oldest continuously operating ski area in North America
Howelsen Hill Ski Area & Nordic Center will feature a new tubing hill this season and continue its Ski Free Sundays, where guests can ski or ride for free every Sunday! And the first guest in the lift line every morning gets a hot chocolate and warm chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven. Howelsen celebrates its 107th year of operation this season. Visit www.steamboatsprings.net/131/
Loveland Ski Area
Loveland Ski Area has completed an expansion of the Valley Lodge and facilities that triples the amount of seating capacity in the cafeteria, significantly expands the Rental Shop, and provides the Ski & Ride School with a new Children’s Center and additional capacity to accommodate more guests during the check-in process. Visit www.skiloveland.com.
Monarch is an independently owned ski area that operates on all-natural snow. Those in the know go to Monarch on weekdays where you have to bring a friend to form an actual lift line.
Powderhorn Mountain Resort
Western Slope favourite Powderhorn has been working on snowmaking infrastructure improvements all summer, in addition to adding a new beginner area surface lift this season. Visit www.powderhorn.com.
Purgatory’s $1.25 million investment in snowmaking upgrades will boost snow production and efficiency by 25 percent, resulting in better early-season snow conditions and a more consistent base throughout the year. Visit www.skipurg.com.
Events return this season to Silverton Mountain, starting with New Year’s Eve, guests can usher in the New Year surrounded by 13,000’ peaks. For the ladies, Women’s Weekend features Krista Crabtree and Sisters in the Steeps Ski Weekend will be held in April. Another favorite spring event is the BrewSki, which offers a full day of skiing and an afternoon of beer tasting with Colorado’s favorite breweries. Visit www.silvertonmountain.com.
Steamboat – celebrating 60 seasons
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation nears completion of the second phase of its $200 million, multi-year transformation of the base area and mountain called Full Steam Ahead. Additional updates for this season include an ice-skating rink, and a new food and drink hall opening mid-winter. Resort sustainability initiatives continue with a focus on a 10% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions and resort-wide plastic waste reduction. Visit www.steamboat.com.
Sunlight Mountain Resort – celebrating 55 seasons
Sunlight offers guests powder that lasts for days, no lift lines, free parking, and quick walk to the lifts. Guests this season will enjoy a new ski school ski and snowboard yurt and a new outdoor food station. Visit www.sunlightmtn.com.
Telluride Ski Resort – celebrating 50 seasons
Telluride Ski Resort has been busy this summer on improvements throughout the resort. The new high-speed detachable quad cuts the lift time and guests will enjoy snowmaking enhancements across the mountain. Enjoy an incredible meal at altitude at one of Telluride’s on-mountain fine dining options, Alpino Vino or Bon Vivant. Visit www.tellurideskiresort.com.
Winter Park Resort
This season, Winter Park will open previously unutilized terrain in The Cirque Territory. The anticipated new terrain is called ‘Jelly Roll,’ because of its rolling steep pitch and its ability to hold light, fluffy snow for days after a storm. The new terrain means that skiers and riders will have access to almost twice as much expert-only terrain as last season. Visit www.winterparkresort.com.
Projected Opening & Closing Dates
|Aspen Highlands||December 10||April 9|
|Aspen Mountain||November 24||April 16|
|Buttermilk||December 17||April 2|
|Cooper||December 7||April 16|
|Copper Mountain||November 14||April 23|
|Echo Mountain||Late November/early December||April 16|
|Eldora||November 18||April 16|
|Granby Ranch||December 10||April 2|
|Hesperus||December 17||March 19|
|Howelsen Hill||November 25||March 26|
|Loveland||Late October||May 8|
|Monarch||Late November||April 9|
|Powderhorn||November 25||April 2|
|Purgatory||November 19||April 9, then weekends through April 23|
|Silverton||December 29||April 16|
|Snowmass||November 24||April 16|
|Steamboat||November 23||April 9|
|Sunlight||December 9||April 2|
|Telluride||November 24||April 2|