As stated in a press release, Vail Resorts is planning on investing between $110 and $115 million dollars prior to the 2015/2016 ski season. The majority of these funds will be allocated to connecting Park City and Canyons Resorts before moving on to other projects at various resorts across the country.
Over the past 5 years, Vail Resorts has invested over $500 million in resort improvements
According to the statement, $50 million dollars will be targeted at connecting Park City and Canyons, thus creating the largest ski resort in the United States with 7,300 skiable acres. It doesn’t stop there either.
Vail plans to improve the Avanti Lift at its flagship resort Vail Mountain before moving on to improving snow making systems at Beaver Creek and Breckenridge. Also on the docket, Vail will upgrade the Keystone Lodge and Spa as well as put some more funds towards Vail’s newest app, EpicMix Time, which allows users to see how long lift lines are.
Here Are the Project Details:
- Combining Park City and Canyons into the largest ski resort in the U.S. – The plan to combine Park City and Canyons Resort into the largest ski resort in the U.S. includes the eight-passenger, high-speed, two-way Quicksilver gondola which will transport guests from the base of the existing Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. A new restaurant, called Miners Camp, located at the base of the Silverlode Lift, will accommodate 500 indoor seats and will be equipped with a top-of-the-line kitchen. The plan will also complete a number of critical upgrades to the infrastructure of both resorts, including upgrading the King Con and Motherlode Lifts, upgrading the Summit House Restaurant and expanding Red Pine Lodge, new and widened trails, and additional snowmaking.
- Six-Passenger Avanti Express Lift (#2) at Vail – Vail Mountain continues its wave of investments, replacing the Avanti Express Lift (#2) with a six-passenger lift. The Avanti Express Lift (#2) is a primary lift on the front side of Vail Mountain, serving intermediate and advanced terrain, dispersing skiers and snowboarders from the Lionshead area to mid-mountain. Upgrading the lift will reduce wait times and improve reliability. A loading conveyor and gates will improve efficiency and increase capacity by up to 30 percent, vastly improving skier and snowboarder circulation.
- Beaver Creek snowmaking refresh expands for 2015-16 – Beaver Creek’s unrivaled commitment to providing high-quality snow surfaces for skiers and riders further expands this season. Last season, Gold Dust Trail was equipped with 24 fully-automated fan guns. This winter, 23 fully-automated fan guns will equip Red Tail and Centennial trails, two of the most popular intermediate runs on the mountain. Snowmaking guns will also be added to enhance the “Snowmaking Refresh” fleet and tasked to add a dusting of snow atop the groomed trails. This one-of-a-kind system ensures, regardless of natural snowfall, the resort’s guests will always be skiing or riding on the freshest snow available every day.
- Snowmaking on Peak 6 at Breckenridge – Breckenridge will lay a mile of new snowmaking pipes on Lost Horizon and Barton Breezeway trails on Peak 6. Adding snowmaking to this lower-mountain terrain is critical to get the popular new area open in the early season regardless of natural snowfall.
- The Keystone Lodge and Spa Refresh – The Keystone Lodge and Spa will undergo its own rejuvenation where the hallways will have a new feel after being re-carpeted and the woodwork and room doors being replaced. In addition, the guest rooms on all six floors will be upgraded with new soft goods (pillows, bed spreads, etc.).
- EpicMix Time to provide crowd-sourced lift line wait times to guests – EpicMix™ Time– an expansion of Vail Resorts’ industry-leading and award-winning ski and snowboard app, EpicMix –will allow guests at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone to access real-time lift line wait times enabling them to better navigate the mountain and make the most out of their ski and ride experience. Leveraging recently developed technology, EpicMix Time will calculate and display up-to-the-minute chairlift and gondola line wait times across 55 core lifts and gondolas, as well as 13,600 acres of skiable terrain in Colorado.
Read the entire press release here: Vail Resorts Commits $110 Million in Resort Improvements for 2015-16, Including Creating the Largest Ski Resort in the U.S. at Park City