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Colorado ski areas invest in dining, chairs, snowmaking for 2013-14

Lower Peak 8 area, lower right, at the Breckenridge Ski Resort Saturday, February 4th, 2012.  Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Lower Peak 8 area, lower right, at the Breckenridge Ski Resort Saturday, February 4th, 2012. Andy Cross, The Denver Post

With two months left before snowmaking begins in earnest, resorts are racing to finish a flurry of upgrades for 2013-14. While the days of new lifts accessing new trails are winding down — only one resort is expanding ski terrain for next season — resorts are investing heavily in snowmaking, as well as lodging and dining facilities.

DiningArapahoe Basin dropped $1 million on a remodel of the 6th Alley Bar & Grill and a base-lodge expansion. Beaver Creek is preparing for the 2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships with a new 500-seat restaurant at Red Tail Camp. Steamboat’s new 13,000-square-foot Four Points Lodge marks its most significant on-mountain improvement in 10 years. Loveland is adding its first on-mountain eatery at the remodeled Ptarmigan Roost Cabin.

SnowmakingDurango Mountain Resort, Eldora, Telluride, Ski Granby Ranch and Sunlight are adding new snowmaking equipment, reducing power costs while expanding capacity. Winter Park is replacing its snowmaking supply pipe.

GrowingThis year, Breckenridge is the only Colorado resort getting bigger, with its hard-earned expansion onto its 12,300-foot Peak 6, the largest terrain addition for the country’s busiest ski hill in the past decade. Peak 6 adds two new lifts accessing 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to steeps.

Crested Butte is glading existing terrain, adding more tree skiing and kid-specific runs.

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