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UPDATED: What's New at Ski Areas in 2014-2015

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Whether you ski New England or the Rockies, ski areas have been busy this summer spending cash and trying to improve everything from parking lots to grooming. There are new lifts (like Taos Ski Valley's lift up Kachina Peak), loads of new snowmaking, and even new on-mountain restaurants (like Winter Park's Lunch Rock Restaurant). We've prioritized substantial capital investments at well-known resorts, meaning that a new $25,000 snow gun at a tiny snow hill in Michigan didn't quite make the cut. Since our first edition of this map back in September, we've added what's new at 6 resorts, including new lifts at Crystal Mountain and the relatively few improvements happening in Tahoe. So without further adieu, here's how 38 ski areas are upping the ante in 2014-2015. Did we miss something? Mention it in the comments or send us an email.


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Sunday River Ski Resort

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Okemo Mountain Resort

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Sugarbush Resort

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Gore Mountain Ski Resort

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Stratton Mountain Resort

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Stowe Mountain Resort

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Angel Fire Resort

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Taos Ski Valley

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Wolf Creek Ski Area

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Durango Mountain Resort

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Telluride Ski Resort

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Crested Butte Mountain Resort

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Buttermilk Mountain

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Beaver Creek Resort

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Breckenridge Ski Resort

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Arapahoe Basin

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Loveland Ski Area

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Winter Park Resort

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Steamboat Ski Resort

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Park City Mountain Resort

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Deer Valley Resort

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Canyons Resort

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Cherry Peak Resort

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Nordic Valley

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Snowbasin Resort

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Brianhead Resort

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Brian Head Resort is replacing the existing Giant Steps lift reducing the ride time to the top of Giant Steps Mountain from 12 minutes to just 5 minutes.

Eagle Point Resort

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Sun Valley Resort

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Whitefish Mountain Resort

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Sun Peaks Resort

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Red Mountain Resort

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Red Mountain Resort in British Columbia is debuting a new Legacy Training Center for ski racers looking to maximize their time on snow. Red has spent over $1.5 million on snowmaking so that racers can begin skiing in early November and the ski area is also opening 195 acres on Mount Kirkup that will accessible via snowcat.

Whistler Blackcomb

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Crystal Mountain Ski Resort

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Summit at Snoqualmie

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The Summit East hill of the Summit at Snoqualmie is getting the new Rampart quad chairlift, the fourth lift installed in the last six years at the ski area. The new lift will use the now-popular conveyor-loading system and is part of $3.5 million in improvements this year.

Panorama Mountain Village Resort

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This British Columbian gem near Calgary is adding a new quad lift for beginners and new beginner and intermediate runs this season.

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort

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There aren't many new lifts or developments at the Oregon ski resorts, but Mount Hood Meadows will debut a more accessible Shooting Star terrain park this season. The resort has installed a new rope tow at Shipyard that will allow guests to run repeat laps of the rail park.

Homewood Mountain Ski Resort

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There aren't many on-mountain capital improvements in Tahoe this year, but one of the biggest announcements was Homewood's new snowcat terrain. The terrain will be off of Ellis Peak and accessed by snowcat and guided groups of no more than 10 people. Homewood will also debut the Foundation Bowl, an urban-style terrain park at mid-mountain.

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

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Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort has invested $5 million to construct the Solstice Plaza, a new 30,000 square foot deck and 9,000 square foot base area facility that houses a new retail shop, demo center and restaurant.

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Sunday River Ski Resort

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Okemo Mountain Resort

Rendering from Okemo Mountain Resort

Sugarbush Resort

Photo from Sugarbush Resort

Gore Mountain Ski Resort

Photo from Gore Mountain

Stratton Mountain Resort

Photo from Stratton Mountain

Stowe Mountain Resort

Photo from Stowe Mountain Resort

Angel Fire Resort

Photo from Angel Fire

Taos Ski Valley

Photo from Taos Ski Valley

Wolf Creek Ski Area

Photo from Wolf Creek

Durango Mountain Resort

Photo from Durango Mountain Resort

Telluride Ski Resort

Photo from Telluride Ski Resort

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Photo from Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Buttermilk Mountain

Rendering courtesy of Aspen Snowmass

Beaver Creek Resort

Photo from Beaver Creek

Breckenridge Ski Resort

Photo from Breckenridge Ski Resort

Arapahoe Basin

Photo from Arapahoe Basin

Loveland Ski Area

Photos by Dustin Schaefer/Loveland Ski Area

Winter Park Resort

Rendering from Winter Park Resort

Steamboat Ski Resort

Photo from Steamboat Ski Resort

Park City Mountain Resort

Photo from Park City Mountain Resort

Deer Valley Resort

Photo from Deer Valley

Canyons Resort

Photo from Canyons Resort

Cherry Peak Resort

Rendering from Cherry Peak Resort

Nordic Valley

Photo from Nordic Valley

Snowbasin Resort

Photo from Snowbasin

Brianhead Resort

Brian Head Resort is replacing the existing Giant Steps lift reducing the ride time to the top of Giant Steps Mountain from 12 minutes to just 5 minutes.

Eagle Point Resort

Photo from Eagle Point Resort

Sun Valley Resort

Photo from Sun Valley Resort

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Photo from Explore Whitefish

Sun Peaks Resort

Photo from Sun Peaks Resort

Red Mountain Resort

Red Mountain Resort in British Columbia is debuting a new Legacy Training Center for ski racers looking to maximize their time on snow. Red has spent over $1.5 million on snowmaking so that racers can begin skiing in early November and the ski area is also opening 195 acres on Mount Kirkup that will accessible via snowcat.

Whistler Blackcomb

Photo from David McColm/Whistler Blackcomb

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort

Photo by Brianna Stoutenburgh, posted by Crystal Mountain

Summit at Snoqualmie

The Summit East hill of the Summit at Snoqualmie is getting the new Rampart quad chairlift, the fourth lift installed in the last six years at the ski area. The new lift will use the now-popular conveyor-loading system and is part of $3.5 million in improvements this year.

Panorama Mountain Village Resort

This British Columbian gem near Calgary is adding a new quad lift for beginners and new beginner and intermediate runs this season.

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort

There aren't many new lifts or developments at the Oregon ski resorts, but Mount Hood Meadows will debut a more accessible Shooting Star terrain park this season. The resort has installed a new rope tow at Shipyard that will allow guests to run repeat laps of the rail park.

Homewood Mountain Ski Resort

There aren't many on-mountain capital improvements in Tahoe this year, but one of the biggest announcements was Homewood's new snowcat terrain. The terrain will be off of Ellis Peak and accessed by snowcat and guided groups of no more than 10 people. Homewood will also debut the Foundation Bowl, an urban-style terrain park at mid-mountain.

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort has invested $5 million to construct the Solstice Plaza, a new 30,000 square foot deck and 9,000 square foot base area facility that houses a new retail shop, demo center and restaurant.