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Ski Resorts Eager To Show Off New Additions, Improvements

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ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. (CBS4) – With near record high temperatures on Wednesday, snow may be last thing on people’s minds, but the same can’t be said for everyone in Colorado.

Construction at Arapahoe Basin (credit: CBS)

Construction at Arapahoe Basin (credit: CBS)

The ski resorts are eager to show off their new additions and improvements. The major theme for improvements this year has been geared toward children and people who have never hit the slopes before.

One place is the new Children’s Center at Arapahoe Basin.

“Part of our emphasis is bringing new skiers and snowboarders into the sport,” Adrienne Saia Isaac with Arapahoe Basin said. “We want to put an emphasis on our kids this year, and also first-time skiers and riders.”

At Buttermilk near Aspen they’re spending $10 million to do the same.

An artist's rendition of the new Children's Center at Buttermilk (credit: CBS)

An artist’s rendition of the new Children’s Center at Buttermilk (credit: CBS)

At Beaver Creek a unique combination lift will make its debut this year. Ten people unfamiliar with chairlift loading can take a gondola, while others can ride a normal chairlift.

“We came up with the combination lift so it would help our ski school guests as well as our regular guests,” Phillip Patterson with Beaver Creek said.

With an El Nino expected this winter, southern resorts will be ready. Work is being done at Wolf Creek on a brand new lift that will give improved access between two sections of the mountain.

Work being done on the new lift at Wolf Creek (credit: CBS)

Work being done on the new lift at Wolf Creek (credit: CBS)

On-hill restaurants are being added as well.

Ski season could begin in Colorado in just about six weeks.

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