Park City, Utah's new combined resort, has 7,300 skiable acres.

Mountain Highs

What's new at U.S. alpine resorts

BY HILARY NANGLE | Photography by MARK MAZIARZ

CALIFORNIA
Olympic Valley: The $7 million guest room face-lift at the 405-room Resort at Squaw Creek takes its cue from the ski-in/out resort's spectacular setting and views, utilizing neutral tones accented with wildflower colors and images by local photographer Jeff Dow. From $279. squawcreek.com
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows: The Siberia Express, serving Squaw's Siberia Bowl, Mainline, and Gold Coast, has morphed from an express quad into a six-pack. squawalpine.com

COLORADO
Crested Butte: Feast on 360-degree mountain views from the new glass-walled, weather-protected Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks. Dine on the 2,400-square-foot deck on nice days. skicb.com
Purgatory: The new Legends Lift 8 high-speed quad, on the mountain's backside, replaces a triple. It zips to the summit in five minutes and accesses two new advanced trails feeding into Ray's Ridge. skipurg.com
Snowmass: Upgrading and realigning the resort's High Alpine lift to a high-speed quad decreases ride time from 11 to 5.6 minutes and provides direct access from AMF, the Cirque, and Rock Island. aspensnowmass.com
Vail: The Avanti Express, a six-pack replacing a high-speed quad, streamlines the transition from Lion's Head to midmountain. vail.com

IDAHO
Sun Valley: Glitterati icon Sun Valley Lodge reopened last June, unveiling a new 20,000-square-foot destination spa with fitness center, heated saline pool, and yoga studio. The 108 luxe guest rooms, down from 148, are more spacious and tricked out with granite and hardwood; 65 have fireplaces. Each of five new celebrity-themed suites has at least two private balconies. From $329. sunvalley.com


UTAH
Park City: The long-anticipated Utah Interconnect takes a giant step forward with Park City, a merger of Park City Mountain Resort and the Canyons. The combined 7,300 skiable acres are linked by the new eight-passenger Quicksilver gondola and augmented by two upgraded lifts: the Motherlode high-speed quad, previously a triple; and the King Con high-speed six-pack, formerly a quad. Also part of the $50 million plan are the 500-seat Miners Camp restaurant and two trails off Pine Cone Ridge. parkcitymountain.com
Snowbird: Inside the new 23,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed Summit atop 11,000-foot Hidden Peak are a cafeteria seating 192, a private dining room for 180, and a coffee and pastry station. Outside, drink in the views from the heated 10,000-square-foot deck. snowbird.com
Solitude: Thank new owner Deer Valley Resort for replacing Solitude's pokey summit double with the zippy Summit Express quad, easing access to Honeycomb Canyon's legendary inbound backcountry. skisolitude.com

VERMONT
Okemo: The Jackson Gore Express quad upgrades to the Quantum Four, a weather-protected high-speed bubble chair; and the new Sunshine Quad services SouthFace Village and the new Suncatcher trail. okemo.com
Sugarbush: The resort's Valley House fixed quad replaces a double on Lincoln Peak. sugarbush.com

WYOMING
Jackson Hole: For its 50th anniversary, the resort debuts the high-speed Teton quad, serving 200 acres that include three new groomed runs and about 100 acres of previously hike-to terrain. Celebrate at Piste Mountain Bistro, new at the Bridger Gondola summit. jacksonhole.com

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