by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 01, 2015
Why here?
Winter is coming, and Colorado is prepared. Vail is unveiling a new six-passenger lift this season called the Avanti Express, and Denver -- where the sun shines 300 days per year, on average -- has new hotels, renovations and other new lures for groups.

 The Inverness, a Destination Hotel in Englewood, spent $1.3 million redoing the lobby, F&B outlets and more. The 302-room property has more than 60,000 square feet of function space.

 The new Soaring Adventure at the 800-room Broadmoor in Colorado Springs features two zipline courses and the Restaurant 1858, available for groups of up to 100. The property offers 185,000 square feet of meeting space.

At the 127-room Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail, a Kindred Resorts & Hotels property, a new permanently gluten-free menu has been created for Ludwig's restaurant. All pastas, breads, sauces and desserts are sans gluten.

A new six-passenger chairlift debuts this winter at Vail. The Avanti Express, increasing capacity by 30 percent, will take skiers up to mid-mountain from the Lionshead access.
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Local Update
 Finally opening Nov. 19 is the long-anticipated 519-room Westin Denver International Airport, with 37,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center and several dining options.

On Election Day, Denver voters will decide if $700 million-plus should be used to expand the 25-year-old Colorado Convention Center and to build a new National Western Center for equestrian events. The projects would be funded by taxes already on the books. The convention center would gain 85,000 square feet of meeting space; 120,000 square feet of prefunction space, including a 50,000-square-foot rooftop terrace; technology upgrades, and new and upgraded networking spaces.

 A major renovation is under way at the 605-room Denver Marriott Tech Center, to be completed in September 2016. The work will encompass all guest rooms and 50,000 square feet of meeting and public spaces, and add 36 Extended Stay Executive Studios and five Extended Stay Executive Suites, plus four new breakout rooms. The hotel's restaurant is getting a new concept, the fitness center will be enlarged and an on-site market will be added.

 At the 1,100-room Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, all 60,600 square feet of meeting space, including the 30,000-square-foot Centennial Ballroom and the 14,000-square-foot Capitol Ballroom, have been given a new look. The hotel offers a 6,700-square-foot fitness center, the Altitude Restaurant, the lobby Strata Bar and the 27th-floor Peaks Lounge.

 The 516-room Grand Hyatt Denver,  within walking distance of the convention center, has modernized its 52,600 square feet of meeting space with new floor and wall coverings. The property features the 8,369-square-foot Imperial Ballroom and the 5,906-square-foot Grand Ballroom, as well as the 38th-floor Pinnacle Club. The hotel has a rooftop jogging track and tennis court, an indoor pool, a 24-hour health club and Pub 17 on Welton Street.

 The 123-year-old Brown Palace Hotel and Spa has completed a $10.5 million renovation. The project added 3,500 square feet of meeting space on the second floor, bringing the 241-room property's total function space to 23,253 square feet.

The new light-rail line from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station downtown is scheduled to arrive in early 2016.