A new season means new pistes. Take a look at this guide of what's new in the North American ski resorts.

After a record summer of construction, swaths of new terrain can be found in the mountains of North America this winter. Chris Madoc-Jones has the lowdown. 

Beginner

For first timers, nursery slopes and green/blue runs are ideal to learn new skills. All the new beginner level runs in North America are mentioned below:

Hunter Mountain, New York (USA)

New trails: 5 (4 blue and 1 green)
New glades: 4 (3 intermediate and 1 advanced)
New area: 80 acres
100% snowmaking coverage
Hunter Mountain might slip under the radar of many British skiers, but this local favourite in the mountains of upstate New York has just added a whole new zone. Five new beginner and intermediate trails and four new glades have been cut into the forest in what is the biggest expansion to hit the East Coast for many years. If that wasn’t enough, the high-speed chair that has been built to whisk skiers and boarders back to the top has heated seats – which will make a massive difference in the frigid conditions that can sweep through the region each winter.

Sun Peaks, British Columbia (Canada)

Cedar Line Creative
New run: 1 green
Length: 1km
The ski-in-ski-out offering at the resort of Sun Peaks in British Columbia, Canada, has seen a major upgrade. Through building the new East Village quad, more of the resort’s accommodation has been linked to the network of pistes and a new trail has been graded to link it to the Main Village via the Rambler piste. As is the case with every lift at this resort, a top to bottom green run (the East Village Ski Way) ensures that all but the earliest beginners can use the lift.

 

Intermediate

Intermediate skiers need cruisey blues and forgiving reds to have a comfortable time on the slopes. Here is an update of the intermediate slopes in North Amercia:

Heavenly, California (USA)

New trails: 4 blues
New area: 400 acres
Tree skiing
Almost 400 acres has been added – more accurately we should say re-added – to the Heavenly trail map this season. By rebuilding the damaged Galaxy chair, a great pod of tree-lined blues, gentle glades and cruisey pistes has reopened after several years lying dormant. We’d recommend this area on busy days as the perfect place to escape the Lake Tahoe weekend crowds. 

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Advanced/Expert

Finally, for the trail blazers red/black runs are key to challenging ski skills. Don't forget off piste areas for the powder hunters too. Take a look at the new off piste and black runs from North America: 

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado (USA)

New trails: 34 (blue and black mix)
New area: 468 acres
50% terrain expansion
Does 34 new trails sound enough? At the super-high resort of Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, visitors this winter will get the chance to ski an astonishing 468 acres of new terrain, all served by the new Beavers quad. Experts will love the new area – especially the Steep Gullies – but so will intermediates as two long blues have been added to the piste map. If you’re heading out to Breckenridge or Keystone this winter, a daytrip here is an absolute must.

Tremblant, Quebec (Canada)

New glades: 5
New area: 50 acres
The buzz of chainsaws was ringing out across Mont Tremblant, where a massive 50 acres of new gladed terrain has been added to the trail map. Situated on the North Side and in the Edge sectors, fans of tree skiing will love the new routes at this popular area near Montreal, which now boasts 101 trails after the latest additions.

Sun Valley, Idaho (USA)

Idarado Media
New area: 380 acres
20% terrain increase
18 acres of new glading elsewhere
Sadly the lift to open up this 380-acre expansion won’t be ready until next year, but for the first time, visitors to Sun Valley in Idaho will get the chance to ski Cold Springs Canyon. The resort is running guided tours of the new terrain, so if you’re looking to jump the gun and try out the new area before the masses arrive next season, now’s your chance! Look out as well for 18 acres of new gladed terrain on Bald Mountain this winter.


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