We know the snow isn’t quite coming down in heaps just yet, but we think it pays to plan ahead—especially when it comes to ski and snowboard season.
You’re probably thinking of taking your first turns of the season on your home mountain, but the season is long and you’ve got a lot of options. Planning a ski trip now is the best way to save on lodging, but the question is, where should you go this year?
You could consult our list of the best ski resorts from last year, but if you’re hoping to ski into a state-of-the-art on-mountain restaurant or if you’d like to skip the long line at the lift, you should head to a mountain that has recently completed some notable updates. We rounded up 10 U.S. resorts that have some big projects in the works for this season, these are the places you absolutely need to visit.
Canyons and Park City—Utah
Without a doubt the most buzz-worthy update for the 2015-16 season is taking place in Utah, to the tune of $50 million. Vail Resorts (of Colorado) now owns Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort and is combining the two to create Park City—the largest ski resort in the U.S. The merge is marked by a complete rebranding and construction of the new eight-passenger Quicksilver Gondola, which will reportedly be ready by the end of December 2015. The combination will make Park City the largest resort in the country with 38 lifts and whopping 7,300 skiable acres. How’s that for a reason to visit?
This legendary Wild West resort will be celebrating 50 years of world class skiing this season and although they’re well-loved for their signature old-time feel, the mountain will be getting some brand new upgrades. On top of exciting anniversary events, the most noticeable change for this season will be the addition of the new Teton Lift. The high-speed quad lift will take skiers and riders 1,600 vertical feet to an area that was previously only accessible on foot.