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Twelve ski areas in five US states and three Canadian provinces are to see a $555 million investment over the next five years.



Alterra Mountain Company, which was created in 2017, says $130 million of the money is earmarked for next winter when its new season pass, the Ikon Pass, will be introduced, giving access to 26 separate resorts.

We have all the details of the improvements below.

News of the investment came just ahead of the UK launch of the Ikon Pass in London on Wednesday night.


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PlanetSKI was there and spoke to Bob Stinchcomb, Senior Vice President, Sales for Alterra Mountain Company, who told us more:

The Ikon Pass, which is now on sale at a discounted price of $599 until this Sunday, 1st May, will rival the Epic Pass introduced by Vail Resorts 10 years ago.


The Ikon Pass will cover Alterra's 12 own resorts and 14 partner resorts.

Alterra owns the resorts of:

  • Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado
  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain in California
  • Stratton in Vermont
  • Snowshoe in West Virginia
  • Tremblant in Quebec
  • Blue Mountain in Ontario
  • Deer Valley in Utah
  • CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures in British Columbia.
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The partner resorts covered by the Ikon Pass are:

  • Aspen Snowmass, Copper Mountain and Eldora in Colorado
  • Jackson Hole in Wyoming
  • Big Sky in Montana
  • Killington and Sugarbush in Vermont
  • SkiBig3 in Alberta
  • Revelstoke in British Columbia
  • Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine
  • Loon Mountain in New Hampshire
  • Alta and Snowbird in Utah.
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Alterra says it is determined to keep the authentic character of each of the individual resorts it owns.

Its plans for improvments are based on current needs and input from guests.

It's also hoping to attract more non-skiers.

Additional capital improvement projects will be announced in the autumn.

Here's the list of what's happening for next winter:

Zephyr Gondola and Increased Snowmaking at Winter Park Resort, Colorado

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Accessed from the Village at Winter Park, and replacing the Zephyr Express quad, the new Zephyr Gondola will expand uphill capacity to 3,200 guests per hour, decreasing wait times by 15 minutes during peak season, and providing faster service to the seven territories of the mountain and the Lodge at Sunspot.

Winter Park Resort's 42-year old snowmaking system will be upgraded with state-of-the-art energy efficient systems.

Canyon Lodge & Summer Activation at Mammoth Mountain, California

Canyon Lodge sees 60% of Mammoth Mountain's visitors and will receive an innovative redesign over the next two years, positioning it to become the Day Lodge of the future.

New adventure sports will be ready for autumn 2018 at Main Lodge at Mammoth Mountain. They include the longest top to bottom zipline tour in North America, in the combination of the two spans, plus a via ferrata rock climbing experience suspended on the mountain face, and junior ropes courses.

Bear River Restaurant, Steamboat, Colorado

Steamboat's most popular slopeside après ski destination is getting a complete overhaul and new design, including new kitchen, enhanced menu options, and the enclosure of a portion of the outdoor space to increase seating capacity by 72 seats.

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Snowbowl Chairlift at Stratton, Vermont

The new Snowbowl Chairlift will replace the 31-year old fixed grip quad with a high-speed detachable lift that will increase beginner skier accessibility, alleviate mountain choke points, and give a quicker ride to the summit.

Lowell Thomas Chairlift and Increased Snowmaking at Tremblant, Quebec

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The Lowell Thomas Chairlift will be replaced with a high-speed 4-passenger detachable chairlift, increasing uphill capacity by 33%. Energy-efficient snowmaking capacity along the upper portion of the Algonquin Trail will be increased by 50%, providing earlier access and more reliable snow conditions.

Base Area Improvements at Big Bear Mountain Resort, California

Development will include enhancement of existing facilities, common pedestrian areas and the learn to ski area.

Snowmaking Overhaul at Snowshoe, West Virginia

Snowshoe's current snowmaking system will be replaced with a state-of-the-art system that will increase snow making capabilities allowing for significantly more trails to open in early December, and drastically reduce electricity usage.

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