Over the summer three new lifts had to be constructed, a new mountain restaurant built, and two new trails, fully equipped with snowmaking were also cut. And all in time for the 2015/2016 season.
But the Americans haven’t been the only ones to chant bigger is better. For decades there has been talk of a lift linking the resorts Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang in Salzburgerland with Fieberbrunn in the Austrian Tirol. Finally from this December a new high-speed, 10-seat ‘Tirol S’ gondola will join the two ski areas into a new domain called Skicirkus Saalbach Hinterglemm/Leogang Fieberbrunn.
The new gondola runs from Reckmoos South in Fieberbrunn up to the mountain station at Reiterkogel at an altitude of 1,819m. A new 3.5km red run has been cut to take skiers and boarders from the top of Reiterkogel.
With 270km of piste, served by 70 lifts, the new Skicirkus is one of the largest and most varied ski areas in Austria.
And while we’re on the subject of ski areas, three of the biggest in the French Alps have joined together to launch a new lift pass, the Alpine Legends Superpass, covering a massive 1,300 km of pistes. It covers nine resorts in the Tarentaise - Tignes, Val d'Isere, Courchevel, Meribel, La Tania, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, La Plagne and Les Arcs. However it comes at a cost. A six-day pass costs €340. Seven days will cost you €390, and eight days a whopping €440.