New this season |

New this season

What’s new this season at ski resorts in the West:– New resort: Tamarack, 100 miles north of Boise near the town of Donnelly, plans to open Dec. 15. It will offer 25 runs served by five lifts, including two high-speed detachable quads, and 2,800 feet of vertical descent.– James Bond gadget: Steamboat Springs in northwestern Colorado is making it easier for family and friends to stay in touch on the slopes. Rental wrist radios will allow them to communicate with and track each other by logging in at one of six kiosks located at key locations.– New Terrain: Jackson Hole in Wyoming has opened the Crags area, about 200 acres and 1,000 vertical feet of expert terrain located above the popular Casper Lift area. Expert skiers will be able to reach the area by hiking 25-35 minutes.– New Base Village: Kirkwood, Calif., has finished a new $50 million base village.– Faster Lifts: Utah’s Alta resort has added a high-speed quad lift that will take skiers all the way to the top in one ride. Mammoth Mountain in California has upgraded a fixed-grip chair to a high-speed, allowing beginners expanded access to starter terrain. Big Sky in Montana has replaced the Southern Comfort fixed-grip with a high-speed, also providing better access for beginners.– Faster Access: Snowriders visiting Beaver Creek no longer must ride a bus or drive through the exclusive gated community. The resort has added a high-speed that will allow snowriders to access the mountain instead.– Multiresort tour: Ski Utah, the trade group that represents the state’s resorts, is offering an expanded European-style tour of six resorts in one day. The guided tour follows backcountry routes to take snowriders to Deer Valley, Snowbird, Park City, Solitude, Brighton and Alta.

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