Mt. Washington completes a 10,000-square-foot nordic lodge that eventually will serve as a base lodge for both alpine and cross-country skiers.
At Sun Peaks, the Delta Sun Peaks Hotel opens with 230 rooms and 12,000 feet of conference space, plus restaurants and shops. Also, the ski area will run catskiing operations on Mt. Morrisey.
Whistler/Blackcomb debuts a new terrain park, which includes a world-class snow-cross course, a World Cup halfpipe and three distinct parks catering to various ability levels.
Alpine Meadows opens a night terrain park off the Kangaroo Chair and starts a new full-day lesson program.
Heavenly launches its Carver’s Paradise program: For $28, a personal coach guides you through the powder for an hour and a half before the lifts open to the public.
Homewood teams up with Diamond Peak, Nev., to offer the $299 Lakeview Pass, good for season-long midweek access (except for holidays) to both resorts.
Ten years in the making, Kirkwood‘s Mountain Village is now complete. New this year are a 6,000-square-foot outdoor ice-skating rink, a rec center, more retail space and two new lodges: Meadowstone and Snowcrest.
Northstar-at-Tahoe adds 250 indoor seats to its Summit Deck and Grille, spends $1 million to expand snowmaking, and installs a rental and demo center at the mid-mountain lodge.
Sierra-at-Tahoe drops the rope to several hundred acres of advanced backcountry terrain, which were open only briefly last season.
Soda Springs boosts its family appeal: The Soda Family Pass lets parents and children under 12 ski Soda Springs all season for $299. Kids ages 6 to 12 can try new mini snowmobiles.
Squaw Valley unveils the much-awaited Phase I in its four-phase new village. The first phase includes 139 condominiums, 19 shops and restaurants, and underground parking. The resort also launches a tubing park.
Skiers will no longer dread the ride to Sugar Bowl‘s summit, after the launch of the Mt. Lincoln express quad, which also extends a number of runs.
Lookout Pass has plenty of “new”: a new run (Hoot Owl), a new glade area (Lucky Friday), a new snowcat and 100 new pairs of demo skis. Plus, the area’s expanding its terrain park.
Pebble Creek serves up more challenge this season, adding 200 vertical feet of skiing and seven runs.
Silver Mountain awaits approval of a major expansion. Owners envision new shops and services, high-speed lifts, 250 to 800 units of ski-in/ski-out real estate, a new access road to the Alhambra base area and up to 150 lodging units built around an 18-hole golf course.
Sun Valley boosts snowmaking on Dollar Mountain. Also keep your eye out for a new Dollar day lodge next season.
Mt. Rose extends snowmaking to its summit, so that manmade can now cover one-third of the mountain. Also new is a conveyor lift serving the children’s center.
Anthony Lakes offers new catskiing tours, providing access to 2,000 acres of steep bowl skiing with 1,000 to 1,700 feet of vertical drop. A full-day package, including lunch, costs $150. (See story on page 12P.)
A mile-long terrain park adds thrills to Mt. Bachelor, featuring two lifts, an air chamber and a snowblast.
Timberline upgrades the capacity of the Stormin’ Norman lift by 25 percent. And the Timberline Lodge gets a mini-makeover: carpets, lighting, guest-room amenities and a remodeled pool and spa.
Crystal Mountain makes it easier to fit in one last run with a high-speed quad named “Green Valley.” It carries 1,800 people per hour to the summit.
White Pass brings skiers the Vertical Advantage: AA program that tracks how many runs and vertical feet you ski. Skiers can rack up runs to win prizes, from skis to goggles to ski trips.
Hurricane Ridge-the westernmost ski area in the lower 48-may get a new lease on life: This nonprofit ski area is being turned over this season to a new entity, the Hurricane Ridge Public Development Authority, which hopes to turn the ski area into a viable year-round resort.