Of course to have gotten this incredible snowpack the mountains have been pounded by winter storm after winter storm. Statewide, the snowpack is 36 percent above the long-term average. For the South Platte River basin, it is 26 percent above average and for the Colorado River, it is nearly 50 percent above average. It is about double what it was this time last year and will make for some fine skiing…
Colorado has 26 ski areas and they have made sure that they are ready for this amazing season with new terrain and technology, improved lifts and freestyle parks, and many other upgrades to delight their visitors.
The new technology is one of the most exciting innovations on the slopes this year. EpicMixTM will allow skiers and riders to track their day on the slopes. Chips embedded in season passes and lift tickets will log vertical feet skied, lift rides and special achievements (such as covering 6 million vertical feet or riding the same lift 10 times), and then share them (with permission) with the skiers’ social networks on Facebook and Twitter. Real-time reporting can also help users coordinate meet-up times and locations while on the mountain.
Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek Resort, Breckenridge Ski Resort and Keystone Resort will all be offering the EpicMixTM.
And that’s not all…
Aspen/Snowmass passes are no longer a mere pass, it will also allow users to link their credit card to their pass for use at Aspen Skiing Company-owned restaurants, rental companies, ski schools and more. The company will also debut a mobile application that provides live grooming, snow conditions and weather information plus gives mobile users the option to make lunch or dinner reservations from the chairlift!
Is all this technology a good thing? Is it perhaps taking a bit of the adventure and some of the classic mishaps out of a ski holiday? Mishaps they might be but always amusing to recount at a later date. How’s about some feedback from our readers please?
It is a habit of ours to bring you stunning videos of the best skiers in the world. However, there is, obviously, a learning curve to becomng one of the world’s best big mountain freeskiers and the following video shows you just how steep that learning curve is!