• What's New for Ski Season

    Ski areas around Colorado are introducing several new amenities and events to elevate the guest and group experience. Here are a few highlights from Ski Country USA.

     
    FROM THE Winter 2019 ISSUE
     

The new Moonlight Mountaintop Yurt dinner series in Ridgeview Café at Cooper near Leadville features a ride to the mountaintop after hours in a warm, cozy snowcat. Seven dates are available.

Copper Mountain is debuting a new base area restaurant, Downhill Duke’s, a prime spot to take in some sun and enjoy lunch or après cocktails on the south-facing patio.

Echo Mountain Resort has a new tubing hill with a covered conveyor lift for those who love to play in the snow.  

Groups can rent East Mountain at Granby Ranch and have full access to the night skiing terrain from 5-9 p.m.  

The new Inferno Mountain Coaster at Purgatory Resort is available yearround and traverses nearly a mile.

Steamboat Resort has added two dining experiences: Timber & Torch, a new base area restaurant and bar experience, and the Taco Beast, an on-mountain, roaming snowcat food “truck.”

Meeting and incentive trip planners: Get ready to be surprised at the diverse range of lodging options available in Colorado from glamping tents, yurts and teepees to overnight accommodations in a jail, train station, castle and replica fort.

The 200-acre, family-owned Arapaho Valley Ranch has cabins, lodge rooms, glamping tents outfitted with southwestern flair, and 20-foot teepees equipped with queensized beds.

 

When planning a gathering, make sure to check a destination’s calendar of events for festivals, concerts and noteworthy exhibitions. Leslie Heins and Lisa Cook, owners and event architects of Denver-based Affair with Flair, demonstrated how this can be done with a social occasion, which easily could have been a corporate event in conjunction with the Denver Art Museum’s recent blockbuster “Dior: From Paris to the World” that wrapped up in March 2019.

 

The commoditization of the live events industry causes concern and prompts discussion.