One of my favorite early ski season traditions is checking out all the new trail maps at various ski resorts. My go-to resource for this is skimap.org, which has a whole section dedicated to the new trail maps of the year. I decided to write an article to show off the ski resorts that have revamped trail maps.
For this list, I’m going with mountains that have completely redesigned or rebranded their trail maps. Basically, the same designs with different lifts/trails are not on this list.
Here is a look at some of the new trail maps for the 2022-23 season:
The expansion onto Peaked Mountain, which was previously only accessible for snowcat skiing trips, has resulted in Grand Targhee changing up its trail map. The map has been completely redesigned and has given more space to show off the new terrain compared to the prior maps. The terrain is serviced by a Doppelmayr high-speed six-pack chairlift and expands their terrain by 30%. Click here for more information about Grand Targhee’s expansion.
Millions of dollars of investments in new chairlifts, along with a new terrain pod for beginner and intermediate skiers, warranted a new trail map for Sundance Mountain Resort. The Wildwood lift, which is opening in the coming weeks, adds ten trails and forty acres of brand-new terrain.
Nordic Valley has been busy adding new terrain since the Nordic Express expansion that opened during the 2020-21 season. This offseason, they added five new trails/glades, which is why they updated their map from last year’s one.
Mt. Shasta Ski Park:
To be honest, this is probably my favorite new trail map. Mt. Shasta Ski Park is expanding onto Gray Butte, which grows its trail count and vertical drop. The map does a great job of showing off this new terrain and the imposing Mt. Shasta, which is the fifth tallest peak in California.
The background is still the same, but a lot of the terrain at Sierra has changed. This is due to the Caldor Fire, which destroyed many trees, and kept the California ski resort closed for most of the 2021-22 season. The result of cleaning out the forest of dead trees is many wide open slopes, and some glades remaining closed for the 2022-23 season.
In 2021, Cape Smokey in Nova Scotia added a gondola, officially making it a four-season destination. This season, they are adding seven new trails and snowmaking. Based on prior trail maps, it seems like these were former trails that were not active for a bit, as they disappeared from their map due to unknown reasons.
Granite Gorge Mountain Park:
After being closed since 2020, a new ownership group bought the New Hampshire ski area at an auction this year. They have worked rapidly over the summer to get the mountain open for this December.
They’ve renovated the lifts, and acquired snowmaking and grooming equipment, among other infastructure projects. Their new trail map features numerous name changes, along with an emphasis on terrain parks. The new General Manager, Keith Kreischer, has an extensive background in terrain parks, which will be a major focus for the mountain.
Sunlight Mountain Resort:
Sunlight has redesigned its trail map for the 2022-23 season. While not much has changed lift-wise this offseason, they bought A-Basin’s former Lenawee Triple for installation next summer. Additionally, have expanded into East Ridge in recent years, with a new lift being pondered in this pod in the future.
This past October, Ober Gatlinburg in Tennessee was sold from the Anders family to Joe Baker, who is a local entrepreneur. The mountain has been renamed Ober Mountain, and its trail map has undergone a refresh.
Snowriver Mountain Resort:
Charles Skinner bought Big Snow Resort this summer and began the rebranding process, which included a new trail map. It has been renamed Snowriver Mountain Resort. There are two mountains to this ski resort, which also got renamed. Blackjack Mountain is now Black River Basin, and Indianhead has become Jackson Creek Summit. Additionally, a high-speed six-pack chairlift will be installed during the 2023-24 season.
Seven Springs: Out with the old owner, in with Vail Resorts. In its first year of ownership, Vail Resorts has improved the snowmaking infrastructure at Seven Springs in Pennsylvania, among other upgrades. They also have redesigned their trail map, which frankly looks better than the previous one.
Lastly, Beech Mountain in North Carolina has gone through a lot of changes over the past couple of years. They replaced Lift One with a Doppelmayr Quad Chairlift, which is their third lift replacement in four years. The new trail map covers the ski resort but also gives you a solid idea of where the base facilities and parking lots are. The floating clouds are a nice touch as well.
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