The Skinner Team

Upgrades at Colorado Mountain Resorts for the 2014-2015 Ski Season

Check out this great synopsis from the Summit Daily of the updates that many local ski resorts have made for the 2013-2014 ski season and view the full article here



  • Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will reveal a new Kids Center in the spring. The three-story, 7,100-square-foot, $2.3 million center will be a place for kids in lessons and programs to rent gear, grab meals and warm up.
  • The building will house kids’ ski and snowboard rentals, lesson check-ins, a kitchen and dining space for snow sports students, a new first aid room, an employee locker room and expanded office spaces for the ski patrol.
  • In keeping with A-Basin’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the center will be outfitted with solar energy panels, low-flow toilets and a low-energy lighting system and will be decorated with ecology education displays.


  • This winter will be the first full season for Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 6 terrain expansion, which opened last year on Dec. 25.
  • The biggest change at the resort from last season will be an upgraded Colorado Super Chair. The quad express lift will become a six-passenger express, increasing capacity on Peak 8’s most-used lift by 30 percent, helping to diffuse skiers to the surrounding peaks and providing a faster route from Peaks 6 and 7 to Peak 9.
  • The resort will reopen Peak 9 Restaurant, for 40 years under private ownership, with an entirely remodeled interior.


  • Last winter, Copper Mountain introduced its Sherpa smartphone app, which provides hands-free, real-time insider intelligence across the entire mountain and was voted the 2013/2014 Best Use of Mobile Technology by the National Ski Areas Association. New this season, Copper will hand over Sherpa’s controls to everyone, and guests can create and share their own mountain tips and favorite trails.
  • Anyone will be able to leave geo-located audibles for others to hear when they ski or ride through them, and Copper will reward the best contributors with swag, tickets, passes and a prized spot on the next season’s winter trail map.


  • Loveland Ski Area is adding a second Magic Carpet surface lift at Loveland Valley, the resort’s beginner learning area, as well as Ginny Lee Cabin, a new warming hut off Chair 8 with views, restrooms and vending machines.
  • At Loveland Basin, a newly remodeled cafeteria will be unveiled this season with more food and beverage options and a more convenient dining experience.
  • The resort also has invested in snowmaking upgrades at both Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley to improve efficiencies and productivity.


  • Keystone Resort’s ski and ride school facility for kids will introduce a new slide that provides access to the snow from inside the building.
  • This year the Family Ski Trail, the School Yard, which was launched last season, will feature skiing and riding with Keystone’s mascot, Riperoo. The resort’s avy dogs and patrol teams will make regular photo appearances. The resort will also introduce a new “mine” in Riperoo’s Forest, a family adventure zone adjacent to the School Yard.
  • At the Bighorn Bistro, parents who want some alone time can take advantage of a new family brunch with separate perks for kids. Regular drinkers at the base area can take advantage of a new “mug club” at the Last Lift Bar at the Mountain House.



  • Ski Cooper will offer an on-mountain mobile food service with the new “Cat Trax” snow-cat. Like a food truck, Cat Trax will serve hot food at different locations on the mountain.
  • The rental shop will improve on last season’s remodel with more advances in efficiency that will enhance the flow of guests renting skis and snowboards.
  • In the base lodge, guests will experience the newly enhanced Pub. With an even more laid back vibe and atmosphere, the Pub will feature an Irish theme with Irish music and quality Irish beer.