2014 / 2015 USA ski resort news - new lifts, epic pass includes Japan, Aspen world cup
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Vail’s Epic pass now includes the best of USA, Europe & Asia!
Vail resorts announced a new partnership with Niesko Japan one of the snowiest resorts in the world, as well as renewing its partnership the 3 vallees ski area, the largest in the world and world renowned Verbier in Switzerland. Epic pass holders receive 5 consecutive free days in each resort as well as unlimited skiing & riding in top Colorado resorts Vail, Beaver Creek & Breckenridge. Skiers also have unrestricted skiing in Keystone & Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, Tahoe resorts Heavenly, Kirkwood & Northstar plus Canyons Utah.
The Epic pass is fantastic for those taking a week or more’s ski holiday in the USA and who may want an added bonus quick trip or trips to one of these European resorts. The epic pass is now on sale for the 2014 / 2015 ski season and pays for itself in just over 5 days of skiing or riding.
Beaver Creek new combo gondola & chairlift
Beaver Creek is replacing the Centennial Express lift the primary lift out of Beaver Creek Village with a new combo gondola / 6 person express chairlift for the 2014 / 2015 ski season. There will be one gondola cabin for every 5 chairs, perfect for beginners who don’t want to worry about getting off a chairlift when they are just learning to stand on their skis. It also gives a great option for those who want to warm up a bit or just rest their feet! The lift will increase capacity by 35%, whisking even more skiers up the mountain than before.
Breckenridge to upgrade Colorado Super chair & renovate Peak 9 restaurant
Breckenridge’s Colorado Super Chair is peak 8’s most popular lift & will be upgraded to a 6 pack chairlift from a 4 person chair, increasing capacity by 30% for the 2014 / 2015 Winter season. Skiers will find it easier to access the surrounding peaks, spread out faster & provide a quicker way to get from the new Peak 6 and 7 over to peak 9 base area & into town.
The Peak 9 restaurant is having a complete make-over inside with a new kitchen, plus renovation of the dining room, making it a warm & inviting place to dine overlooking the mountains at 11274 elevation.
Aspen awarded prestigious Alpine World Cup Finals
Aspen will host the 2017 World cup finals for the men & women’s tour. Races will include downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom & a team event. Aspen as a community has strongly supported ski racing for over 60 years and beat out competitors in Switzerland & Andorra to win the finals, the first in the USA since 1997. Click here for more on Aspen ski resort.
Aspen will also remain the host of the X-games through 2019, showcasing over 200 athletes from across the world in events such as halfpipe, snowboarder cross & snowmobile long jump.
Snowmass kick starts base village development
Snowmass base village will see the second phase of the Viceroy Hotel development in the near future. Plans are underway to start the second building comprised of luxury ski in, ski out apartments. Meetings with the community & business owners are currently taking place discussing the overall plan for the base village at Aspen /Snowmass. Stalled by the recession the base village developments were put on hold, but are now being revitalized as the economy picks up.
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