Bigger is Better

Just outside the ropes at Telluride     Photo: Lee Cohen

Our favorite ongoing trend at ski resorts: the opening of steep and challenging in-bounds terrain. Here's the best new stuff:
THE CANYONS, UTAH
Iron Mountain, adjacent to Dream Peak, adds 300-plus acres of intermediate-to-advanced, northwest-facing tree skiing, all of which is accessed by a new high-speed detachable quad. thecanyons.com
THE SUMMIT AT SNOQUALMIE, WASHINGTON
A landslide took out the main chairlift in the Summit East area in January 2009, so this summer the resort's brass installed two lifts that service 65 new acres of groomed and gladed terrain.  summitatsnoqualmie.com
KICKING HORSE, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Known for years by local backcountry skiers as the "Super Bowl," Kicking Horse's newly added 75 acres of terrain feature 15 advanced and expert chutes accessible by a short traverse from the top of the Golden Eagle Express gondola. kickinghorseresort.com
SUGARLOAF, MAINE
Sugarloaf's expansion into Burnt Mountain will add 270 acres of glades this season, with another 385 to come in the next few years. sugarloaf.com
DURANGO, COLORADO
This year, Durango—long known as an intermediate resort—added 40 acres of expert terrain, including Ambassador's Glade, a playground of cliff bands and 30-degree pitches. durangomountainresort.com
TELLURIDE, COLORADO
Over the past four years, Telluride has been steadily opening up a treasure trove of new terrain, a total of 400 hike-to acres, including Revelation Bowl, a series of experts-only couloirs on Gold Hill, and nearly 2,000 vertical feet on the north face of 13,320-foot Palmyra Peak. tellurideskiresort.com.

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