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Vail Resort to build new Sun Up Express Chairlift to replace old Chair 17


While reporting company profits of $116m earlier this year, CEO Rob Katz announced that Vail Resorts would upgrade the Sun Up lift at Vail Mountain to a new high-speed chairlift.

The new lift will reduce the time to reach the top and access the Back Bowls to just 4 minutes and will increase passenger capacity by 40%.

New flight options to Canada from the UK with Air Transat

There is good news for British skiers and snowboarders heading to North America next winter. 

Air Transat has recently confirmed that they will be adding a second flight each week during the winter season from London Gatwick to Vancouver. 

Air Transat


New lifts and activities for Steamboat Springs


The owners of Steamboat Springs in Colorado, Intrawest, have announced that a new detachable chair will be built this summer to open for the 2016/17 winter season. 

The new lift will be part of a large investment by Intrawest, as part of their $45 million investment in their six ski resorts, which also includes Winter Park in Colorado. 

The new lift will be called the ‘Elkhead’ and will help smooth transit on the south side of the mountain. 


Huge $345 Investment Planned for Whistler Blackcomb

This might be the biggest ski resort investment ever. Whistler Blackcomb has announced a huge $345 million plan to improve its whole offering.


Whistler Renaissance

Record Snowfall in Telluride - January 2016


This season is turning into an epic for Telluride in Colorado. So far the snowfall has topped 20 feet and if it keeps on at this rate then this will be a record season for snowfall in the resort.

Most snowfall for at least 10 years 

New Quicksilver Gondola opens to connect Park City and Canyons ski resorts

Last Friday saw the new Quicksilver Gondola officially open and connect the Utah ski resorts of Park City and Canyons.

The lift means the two now form the largest ski resort in the States with over 300 trails, 41 lifts and 7300 acres of skiable terrain. 


The Epic Pass now includes skiing at Perisher, Australia


The recent purchase of Perisher ski resort in Australia by Vail Resorts means that it’s now possible to buy one lift pass that includes unlimited skiing in more than a dozen resorts, including Vail, Breckenridge and Park City.

Check your lift queuing time in Vail Resorts with Epic Mix


Vail Resorts’ innovative work on their EpicMix app has improved again as skiers and snowboarders in Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek will be able to check lift queue wait times from their phones this winter.

Aspen lift ticket discount for early bookers

Skiing Aspen Mountain

Looking to cut down your costs this winter with an Aspen lift ticket discount?  Then check out Coda Travel’s early booking special.

New Gondola to Link Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley

Two of the top ski areas in California, Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley located on the north shore of Lake Tahoe have confirmed plans to link the two ski resorts into a world class sized region.

The plan involves a base-to-base gondola connection between the two mountains, passing over the KT-22 peak.


alpine meadows gondola

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