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Canyons ski resort to improve restaurant, snowmaking
Ski industry » Vail is spending $85 million this summer to upgrade its 10 U.S. resorts.
First Published May 23 2014 09:39 am • Last Updated May 23 2014 07:19 pm

Major upgrades to Canyon Resort’s mid-mountain restaurant and its snowmaking system are part of an $85 million investment Vail Resorts is making this summer at its 10 U.S. ski areas.

"We place the highest importance on offering an unparalleled guest experience," said Rob Katz, Vail’s chairman and CEO. "Investing nearly $500 million over the last five years is evidence of that."

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The cost of the improvements at Canyons Resort were not broken out by Vail.

Cloud Dine has operated out of a temporary structure near the top terminals of the Dreamscape and Dreamcatcher lifts, serving salads, soups, gourmet pizzas and "sandwiches with a culinary twist."

Vail will replace the existing building with a 316-seat restaurant, a 41 percent increase in capacity, said resort spokesman Russ Pecoraro.

A pump station also will be modernized, increasing the snowmaking system’s efficiency by 25 percent. "That will enable top-to-bottom skiing and superior early-season snow conditions," he added.

In addition, Vail plans to install new chairlifts at Breckenridge and Beaver Creek ski areas in Colorado, to renovate rooms at The Lodge at Vail and to improve dining facilities at Breckenridge.

The announcement came days before the early-season discount price ($729 for adults, $379 for children) for an Epic Pass expires Monday. Passes are good at all of Vail’s North American resorts plus up to five days at ski areas in Switzerland, France and Japan.


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