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Beaver Creek

Is Beaver Creek for real? Free parking, quaint Bavarian village, escalators that make the typically chaotic, booted schlep to the chairlifts nearly effortless. A ski valet at your hotel who, after helping you into your heated boots, carries your skis to the chair. Swift, well-placed lifts that, in a brisk 15 minutes, deposit your mixed-ability brood at the summit, where you're comfortable sending the kids off to explore Powell, Mystic Maze and Jack Rabbit Alley while you fry your quads on Golden Eagle, the country’s only FIS downhill course. Or the single lift ride required to rendezvous for lunch, followed by an afternoon lapping the all-levels-friendly Strawberry Park and Upper Beaver Creek lifts. It’s real. All of it. Right down to the warm chocolate-chip cookies at day’s end. The price tag? Unfortunately, that’s real as well. —D.W.

What’s New » The Rose Bowl triple was replaced with a high-speed quad that cuts the 10-minute ride in half, spelling quicker access to Stone Creek Chutes.

On-Hill Lunch » Settle into an outdoor table at Red Tail Camp for barbecue and live music during Deck Days, every Sunday from late February to early April.

Don’t Miss » Create your own clinic. New this season, ski school will offer custom coaching to groups of four, max. Your wish (bumps, steeps, trees) is your instructor’s command.

2013-14 Resort Upgrades

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The ski industry is on the rebound: Skier visits were up last season, and resorts were champing at the bit to get started on expansions and upgrades. Here's what to look forward to this season.

Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

Look for: Two new lifts joining the fleet. The Harmony six-pack replaces a quad chair on Whistler, while Blackcomb’s Crystal Express high-speed quad takes the place of an old fixed-grip double in the Crystal Zone. The Crystal Express will increase lift capacity in that pod by a striking 56 percent.

Epic and Mountain Collective Passes Add to their Rosters

Eldora joins Vail’s Epic pass while Mountain Collective adds Mammoth, Snowbird, and Whistler Blackcomb.

Big boy Vail Resorts adds Boulder, Colorado’s local hill, Eldora Mountain Resort, to its 2013-14 season Epic Pass buffet.  A mere 20 or so miles from Boulder and about an hour drive from Denver, Eldora is a classic feeder mountain: it’s packed with young kids learning how to ski and is a quick drive from multiple metro areas, allowing skiers to avoid the often jammed Colorado I-70 ski corridor. As bumper stickers in Eldora’s parking lot say, “Friends don’t let friends drive I-70.”

Winter Hits Colorado

Major storms roll through the west dumping fresh pow–finally.

After months of wishing, waiting, and praying, the snow gods delivered a big smooch on Colorado's high country over the weekend. Thanks to a storm that dropped 8 to 12 inches at several resorts, skiers and riders hit the slopes, regaining some optimism for a a killer winter. If you didn't make it to the mountains, here are some pics and B-Roll to get you in the mood.

Vonn, Ligety Roll to World Cup Wins

Vonn Sweeps "Lake Lindsey," Races; Next Up: Rewriting History for Most Wins Ever by a Woman Racer; Ligety Cruises to Huge GS Victory Margin at Beaver Creek's Birds of Prey.


Lindsey Vonn sweeping Lake Louise, Alberta, World Cup Races. 
Photo © Roger Witney/Alpine Canada

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