Vail Resorts say their spending priority in Colorado ahead of next winter is on ensuring a longer ski season for purchasers of their Epic Pass season ticket.
The company had already said that investment in snowmaking at Keystone resort, which operates lifts which place its slopes amongst the ten highest in the world, was intended to ensure it was the first in North America to open each October for the ski season.
They had also announced that Breckenridge would in future stay open to late May each year (It’s actually currently still open at weekends in June for at least one more weekend), giving the group a Colorado ski season of more than seven months.
Now the company has announced that extensive snowmaking upgrades for Vail too which they say will, “…ensure a pre-Thanksgiving opening day each year.”
The new snowmaking will cover another 200 acres terrain with the aim of providing top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding from two base areas, and improved early season ski school terrain as soon as next season starts on November 15, 2019.
Beaver Creek will also expand snowmaking capabilities at Red Buffalo Park, providing more reliable early season terrain in a key beginner area of the upper mountain. The resort will aim to offer more than 1000 vertical metres of top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding on opening day each year which this year will be on November 27, 2019.