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When the pandemic put the kibosh on the 2019-’20 season, it took with it a handful of lift upgrades that Vail Resort had been planning to dole out to some of its bigger resorts. The Colorado-based company recently announced that these infrastructure upgrades are back on, and scheduled to be completed by the start of the 2021-’22 season.
Here’s quick hits on which resorts are getting the goods next season.
Beaver Creek, Colo.
The two new quad chairs at the Beav are both in the vicinity of the mountaintop McCoy Park learning area. The longer of the two will directly serve the beginner and intermediate terrain, which gives newer skiers a safe way to experience summit views and gentle bowl skiing, as McCoy is located at almost 10,000 feet in the high alpine.
The second, shorter lift provides access from the bottom of the McCoy learning area to the top of the Strawberry Park and Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express lifts and is aimed at improving mountain flow.
SKI’s Resort Guide Review: No. 9 in the West, Beaver Creek, Colo.
Crested Butte, Colo.
The old Peachtree double serving beginner terrain will be replaced with a triple, and CB will also ease the grading around the lift, which is located near the base, for an easier experience for new skiers.
SKI’s Resort Guide Review: No. 10 in the West, Crested Butte, Colo.
The central Vermont resort will see the completion of two projects that were tabled last year, including the replacement of the Quantum Four high-speed bubble chair with a six-pack. The current bubble chair will replace the Green Ridge Triple chair.
SKI’s Resort Guide Review: No. 19 in the East, Okemo, Vt.
Keystone Resort, Colo.
The circa-1990 Peru lift at the Mountain House base will be replaced with a high-speed six-seater, expediting travel out of the base.
SKI’s Resort Guide Review: No. 19 in the West, Keystone Resort, Colo.
The high-speed quad that’s coming to Breck’s Peak 7 is a big upgrade that will increase uphill capacity at a common bottleneck—the Independence Super Chair. The new lift will help thin out crowds and improve access to Peak 6’s intermediate terrain.
SKI’s Resort Guide Review: No. 12 in the West, Breckenridge, Colo.