It must be the abrupt halt of the ski season or just a need of a bit of a buzz, but this spring has been filled with ski resort expansion plans all across the continent. Despite what ski resorts think, we personally could care less about an upgrade to a chairlift… we want NEW terrain! With that being said, this list skips the high-speed mumbo jumbo and talks about ski acreage you can explore the next few winters.
One of the coolest things about ski resort expansion plans is that many of them have codenames like they’re secret military operations. For Mt. Rose’s newest expansion, it’s “codename” is Atoma. It will feature 112 new acres of terrain that will be mostly be located on the OTHER side of Mt. Rose Highway. It will include eleven developed ski trails, a skier bridge, and new snowmaking. In addition, based on our personal experience, this new lift’s location might provide some sheltered skiing during some of the ferocious storms of Lake Tahoe when all the other lifts are on wind-hold.
In Colorado, tree skiing mecca Steamboat has some big plans to get bigger. In fact, it’s the 1st terrain expansion at this ski resort in over two decades! They’ve always been known as an intermediate paradise. This particular area known as Pioneer Ridge will provide 355 acres of advanced/expert terrain to go alongside their legendary champagne powder. This ski resort expansion will also help bump it up to become the 3rd largest resort after Vail and Snowmass.
Not to be outdone on what’s happening out West, Quebec’s most popular ski resort will be embarking on a multi-year ski resort expansion project. In addition to the new beginner zone, they’re planning on adding a new high speed quad that will access eight new trails leading to Versant Soleil and the north side.
Boyne Resorts’ central Maine ski destination has a lot to offer. It’s the 2nd largest east of the Mississippi. It offers the ONLY lift-served above treeline skiing in the Northeast. And now it’s planning on expanding their offering by 450 acres. The idea is to help alleviate the congestion that’s currently happening off of Superquad. The region will be beginner and intermediate terrain with the hope to start construction on the new lift in 2021.
Unfortunately, the 2019/20 ski season was cut short. But, we hope this news helps bring a smile to your face and excitement for the upcoming winter.