The Montezuma Bowl expansion increased the ski area's terrain by 80 percent during the 07/08 season. The 400-acre Montezuma Bowl is located on the backside of Arapahoe Basin.
The terrain includes blue, black and double black slopes for a total of 36 additional runs. The skier and rider will discover cornices, chutes, glades and wide-open bowls. Several runs will be groomed nightly, providing the intermediate guest with much coveted additional cruising terrain. Hike-back terrain past the lower lift terminal will also be available for the adventurous skier or rider who has more interest in experiencing a remote, backcountry feel.
Construction of the $3 million project adhered to very strict environmental standards that maintain the natural beauty and integrity of the terrain. A Sky Crane helicopter was used to deliver and install the lift towers, haul rope and chairs. The Zuma Lift is 4,100 feet in length and rises 1,100 vertical feet. The ride time is 9 minutes and the lift has a capacity of 1,900 skiers per hour.
Arapahoe Basin worked closely with the White River National Forest and other agencies to ensure that the design and construction of Montezuma Bowl had minimal environmental impacts.
"The terrain is very conducive to skiing and is an ideal location since it would require minimal grading, vegetation disturbance and tree clearing to implement the project," said Roger Poirier, Winter Sports Program Manager at the White River National Forest. "This project is a leading example of balancing a high-quality skiing experience with progressive design features and construction techniques that minimize natural resource impacts.