"Vail Resorts will invest approximately $110 million in resort improvements this winter to elevate the guest experience, bringing its five-year resort investment total to more than $500 million. In addition to creating the largest ski resort in the US (Park City,) improvements will include upgrading Vail Mountain's Avanti Express Lift (#2) to a six-passenger high-speed chairlift, expanding the "refreshing" snowmaking system at Beaver Creek, adding new snowmaking on our recently opened Peak 6 terrain at Breckenridge, renovating rooms at the Keystone Lodge and investing in technology and marketing systems for enhanced data capture across our resorts, in our ski school and through rental ancillary services.
Vail Mountain: Six-Passenger Avanti Express Lift (#2)
Vail Mountain continues its wave of tremendous investments with the replacement of the Avanti Express Lift (#2) with a six-passenger lift debuting winter. The Avanti Express Lift (#2) is a primary lift on the front side of Vail Mountain, serving intermediate and advanced terrain and dispersing skiers and snowboarders from Lionshead to mid-mountain. Upgrading the lift will reduce wait times and improve reliability. The current lift – a Doppelmayr detachable quad – was installed in 1989 and has a maximum uphill capacity of approximately 2,800 people per hour. Vail is replacing the lift with a detachable six-passenger lift similar to the Mountain Top Express Lift (#4). A loading conveyor and gates will improve efficiency and increase capacity by up to 30 percent, vastly improving skier and snowboarder circulation.
Announcing EpicMix Time
EpicMix Time, which will be live across our four Colorado resorts for the 2015-2016 ski season, will give guests access to real-time, up-to-the-minute, lift line wait times across 55 of our core lifts and gondolas. With the primary goal of providing a transparency to our guests, and giving them more time for what’s important – time to ski and ride. After piloting the program in Colorado, Vail Resorts plans to expand EpicMix Time to its other destinations in upcoming seasons, as well as expanding the program to give updates on on-mountain restaurant and rental shop wait times as well. Vail Resorts is currently testing this ground-breaking technology at Perisher Resort in Australia, which is currently in the middle of its ski season. EpicMix Time is part of the award-winning EpicMix application that has brought you Epic Mix Photo, EpicMix Guide and Epic Mix Challenge in previous seasons. Navigate our resorts, customize your experience, amplify your day and share it with friends.
Beaver Creek: New High-speed Quad ChairLift & Snowmaking Improvements
Long before Vail and Beaver Creek hosted the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships last February, there was a tremendous commitment to excellence and investment in the guest experience both on and off the mountains. At Vail, the resort saw seven lift upgrades in just eight years; a new on-mountain fine dining restaurant; improvements to snowmaking capabilities; countless base area developments and more. At Beaver Creek investments included a new high-speed quad chairlift, 17 new acres of terrain (part of the new Raptor ladies’ course), snowmaking improvements, Talon’s Restaurant – serving as the press center for the World Cup and the World Championships – and a new combination lift. Unlike other major sporting events, such as the Olympic Games, the major infrastructure utilized to host the 2015 FIS Alpine World Championships was well in place prior to welcoming the world for the prestigious event and will be enjoyed for years to come." - Vail Resorts
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