Since allowing boarders in 2008, the resort has seen visits climb. Who’s next?
It was a risky move, one that soured many locals on their hometown hill. But when Taos opened its slopes to snowboarders four years ago this month, little did it know it would see skier—and boarder—visits climb to their highest numbers in a decade.
Resorts in Nevada, Colorado, Utah and California, amoung other places, have extended their seasons after a rash of spring storms blanketed their slopes in more snow than some have seen all season. Aspen Mountain, which was slated to close this Sunday, will open its lifts for the weekends of April 17–18 and April 24–25 after getting 16 inches of snow in the past 72 hours.
With the down economy, there are fewer major terrain expansions and new lifts being installed nationwide as most ski resorts focus on their core services, such as customer care and snow quality. Here are resort-by-resort improvements for next season compiled by Ski Utah.