17th February 2022
The 21/22 season in the USA is in full swing and we have asked for an update from Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado, Palisades Tahoe and Mammoth Mountain in California, and Utah’s Deer Valley. NEW
TRANSFORMATIONS AND TRAIN TRAVEL IN COLORADO
Steamboat is currently undergoing the biggest renovation in its history.
This winter, developments have included a new terminal at the lower gondola, improvements to Steamboat Square – making way for new restaurants, shops and an ice rink – and a new resort entrance featuring custom artwork that reflects Steamboat’s western heritage.
The multi-million development is expected to be completed in its entirety by winter 2023/24.
Also new this season at Steamboat is Happy Camp, which offers ski and snowboard lessons for children aged 12 months – 4 years.
See here for more on Steamboat.
The Winter Park Express returned this month following a year hiatus.
The two-hour train departs Friday – Sunday and takes skiers from Denver Union Station direct to the slopes of Winter Park.
Running every weekend until 3 April, it’s never been easier for travellers to fly into Colorado and get on the slopes at one of the state’s most-loved resorts.
See here for more on Winter Park.
CALIFORNIA’S BEST EVER WINTER
Currently experiencing one of its snowiest seasons ever, Palisades Tahoe is enjoying this winter with a host of exciting events and experiences.
On 22 February, couples looking to tie the knot can join in Double the Love, Double the Fun, a collective wedding ceremony on the mountain.
The ceremony will conclude with celebratory ski down Mountain Run followed by a reception at the Plaza Bar.
Construction has also begun on the new base-to-base gondola connecting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows mountains.
Expected to complete for the 22/23 season, the gondola will take skiers between the mountains in approximately 16 minutes rather than the seven-mile drive currently needed.
See here for more on Palisades Tahoe.
This season’s events calendar at Mammoth Mountain is jam-packed.
16-20 March will see the 20th anniversary of Elevation Mammoth, an LGBTQ+ weekend consisting of après, DJ sets, fancy dress parties and more.
Thrill-seekers looking for a challenge can sign up to Mammoth Caldera Burn on 16 April, a high-endurance ski mountaineering race.
See here for more on Mammoth Mountain.
EXCITING NEW DEVELOPMENTS AT DEER VALLEY RESORT, UTAH
This season, work has begun on the new and improved Snow Park at Deer Valley Resort, one of the most aspirational ski destinations in the USA.
The project has been years in the making and, one complete, will transform the base area to enhance the experience for guests.
Facilities will include additional accommodation, new food and beverage options and an expansive ski beach.
The thoughtful architecture and design of the new plaza will be inspired by the mountains.
See here for more on Deer Valley.
All ski areas can be accessed with the Ikon Pass, a season pass which connects skiers to 47 destinations worldwide including three in Europe: Zermatt in Switzerland, Kitzbühel in Austria, and Italy’s Dolomiti Superski.
See here for an earlier PlanetSKI article as Ikon expanded its European offerings:
Ikon Pass goes on sale for the 2022/23 season in spring (exact dates TBA).
About Ikon Pass
The Ikon Pass welcomes skiers and riders to a community of inspiring mountain destinations and the people who live and play among them across the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
Brought to you by Alterra Mountain Company, the Ikon Pass unlocks adventure at iconic and unique destinations including Aspen Snowmass, Steamboat, Winter Park, Copper Mountain Resort, Arapahoe Basin, and Eldora Mountain Resort in Colorado.
Palisades Tahoe, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming.
Big Sky Resort in Montana.
Stratton, Sugarbush Resort, and Killington in Vermont.
Windham Mountain in New York.
Snowshoe in West Virginia.
Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain in Michigan.
Crystal Mountain and The Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington.
Mt. Bachelor in Oregon.
Schweitzer in Idaho.
Tremblant in Quebec and Blue Mountain in Ontario, Canada.
SkiBig3 in Alberta, Canada.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort, RED Mountain, and Cypress Mountain in British Columbia, Canada.
Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine.
Loon Mountain in New Hampshire.
Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico.
Deer Valley Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, Brighton Resort, Alta Ski Area, and Snowbird in Utah.
Dolomiti Superski in Italy, Kitzbühel in Austria, Zermatt in Switzerland.
Thredbo and Mt Buller in Australia.
Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Mt Hutt in New Zealand.
Niseko United in Japan.
Valle Nevado in Chile.
Special offers are available at CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures, the world’s largest heli-skiing and heli-accessed hiking operation.
For more information, please visit www.ikonpass.com.
About Alterra Mountain Company
Alterra Mountain Company is a family of 15 iconic year-round destinations, including the world’s largest heli-ski operation, offering the Ikon Pass, the premier season pass across the globe.
The company owns and operates a range of recreation, hospitality, real estate development, food and beverage, retail and service businesses.
Located in Denver, Colorado, with destinations located throughout North America, Alterra Mountain Company is rooted in the spirit of the mountains and united by a passion for outdoor adventure.
Alterra Mountain Company’s family of diverse playgrounds spans six U.S. states and three Canadian provinces: Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado; Palisades Tahoe, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California; Stratton and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Tremblant in Quebec, Blue Mountain in Ontario; Crystal Mountain in Washington; Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah; and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures in British Columbia.
Also included in the portfolio is Alpine Aerotech, a worldwide helicopter support and maintenance service center in British Columbia, Canada.
Alterra Mountain Company honors each destination’s unique character and authenticity and celebrates the legendary adventures and enduring memories they bring to everyone.
For more information, please visit www.alterramtnco.com.