Sometimes new terrain opens up and ruins your secret spot, but creates a few new hits. What if a faster lift or new park finally arrives and stokes out some hungry shreds? Whatever hills mutate this season and spread the shred, know this list delivers a few we thought made the list. It's no environmental scorecard (that's later this week); it's just new lifts, terrain and anything else that hooks you up with faster laps and more time getting board wild. Cheers.
#10 The New Chondola At Sunday River, Maine
Photo courtesy of Sunday River
The first of its kind in the northeast, Sunday River's new chondola cuts what used to be a twenty-minute ride on two chairlifts to a single ride just under seven minutes. That's equal to five more runs an hour so you can hustle more time on the snow and enjoy the occasional gondola protection from the biting cold.
#9 The Jackson Hole, Wyoming Tram
Photo courtesy of Jackson Hole
Jackson's new tram replaced the 1966 original and doubled the lift capacity but still retained the recognition of climbing 4,139 feet, one of the longest lifts in the country. Powering top to bottom laps should be a little quicker with double the room in each cabin plus there's a little more peace of mind with the updated technology.
#8 Bridger Bowl's New Schlasman Lift & Terrain
Photo courtesy of Bridger Bowl
This season Bridger Bowl planted the new Schlasman lift to service an additional 311 acres of ridge terrain. Keeping the sprits at peace, the lift's name pays tribute to four German miners who were swept in an avalanche in the late 1880s. This advanced terrain requires riders to have an avalanche transceiver before boarding the lift, while partners, shovels and probes are all highly recommended as well. Once atop, this lift gives riders access to the resort's advanced terrain as well as backcountry gates leading outside of the resort. Go get radical!
#7 Silverton Mountain's Heli Bumps
PHOTO: Scott Smith
Snowy dreams of riding heli-assisted terrain have become more of reality for some thanks to Silverton Mountain. The area is exploring a new heli bump option this winter where riders can tack on laps for a mere fraction of what it costs at big heli outfitters. From the Gnar Couloir to massive open bowls, there's no lack of terrain.
#6 Telluride's Revelation Bowl, Palmyra Peak and Gold Hill Chutes
Photo courtesy of Telluride
The alluring open faces of Telluride's Revelation Bowl, Palmyra Peak and Gold Hill chutes have tempted nearly anyone who has stepped off the Gold Hill lift for years, and now those temptations are running wild with this recent expansion. The new high-speed Revelation Chair opens up 800 feet of vertical above tree line and amongst some of the most stunning views in Colorado. All told, Telluride has stacked up nearly 400 new acres of epic riding and insane views. Place of dreams, go check it out.
#5 Woodward at Copper
Serving as a training lab for shredders alike, the new Woodward at Copper will provide stomping grounds off the hill in addition to on hill training. It's filled with foam pits, trampolines, resi-padded landings, a skatepark and loads of other activities to keep you entertained and learning new tricks with Woodward's staff expertise.
#4 Whistler/Blackcomb's Peak to Peak Gondola
The technological triumph of the Whistler Peak to Peak gondola will be whizzing people nearly three miles across the mountain and valley floor this season from the peak of Whistler to the peak of it's kin Blackcomb. The eleven-minute ride tops out at 1,427 feet above ground and delivers ravishing views of the entire resort from each of the 28 cabins. TransWorld's own Joel Muzzey rallied up for the ribbon cutting and the initial plunge, check it out here.
#3 Powder Mountain Doubling Snowcat Terrain
Photo courtesy of Powder Mountain
Powder Mountain doubled the size of their cat terrain and now boasts 2,000 plus acres bringing the total acreage of the resort to 7,200 acres—the largest in the U.S. Their medley of snowcat options means you can snag a single ride pass for twelve bucks and rally up the Lightening Ridge or take a whole day exploring thousands of acres with a Snowcat Powder Safari. Equally as sweet is the fact that they rolled ticket prices back to 2002 rates for night riding ($15 for adults, $12 kids 7–12) and started night riding at 3 p.m., and hour earlier than previous seasons.
#2 Revelstoke Splurge
Matt Beardmore testing out the new terrain. PHOTO: Dano Pendygrasse
Revelstoke's addition to their Revelation Gondola added another 885 feet of vertical making the resort the longest lift-serviced vertical descent in North America at 5,620 feet. The place also opened up 1,100 acres of terrain by plopping a high-speed lift in the North Bowl area not to mention increased riding and terrain in the resort's heli and snowcat operations. Keep your eyes peeled for a feature on Revelstoke in the April issue…
#1 Taos Opening Their Slopes To Snowboarders
Longtime TransWorlder Kurt Hoy tearing up first tracks in Taos. PHOTO: Seth Bullington
After 53 years of operating, Taos finally extended a warm invite to all snowboarders this spring. While droves used to line the roads in protest of this 'skier only' mountain, they now lap Taos' stunning terrain and enjoy all that the valley has to offer. Finally harmony and good times on the snow for all.
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