Whitefish Mountain Resort has announced that they will install a new Leitner-Poma six pack with completion expected for late-2022.
The lift will replace the 1978 Stadeli triple “Chair 4”, and provide better access from Whitefish’s base lodge, according to Lift Blog.
Whitefish Mountain Resort Statement on Chair 4:
When Chair 4 was installed in 1978, the Base Lodge did not exist, a small ski hut was built at the bottom of the chairlift, and there were no runs or facilities built below that point. Today the vast majority of guests use the Base Lodge as their primary portal to the mountain.
Although Chair 1/Big Mountain Express carries the burden for most of the access to the upper mountain, nearly 70% of the resort’s parking is located adjacent to the Base Lodge, therefore putting pressure on Chair 6 and Chair 10 to transport guests to the Lift Plaza to reach Chairs 1 & 2.
In order to better serve our guests as we continue to grow, preliminary planning has begun for a future Chair 4 Express. The bottom terminal will be located to the left of the carpet lift with the upper terminal located on the Inspiration Ridge below the old top terminal of Chair 5. With the upper terminal located there, guests will have access to most of the upper mountain terrain, including Ptarmigan Bowl, the south ridge of Hellroaring Basin, runs to the east off of the Inspiration Ridge as well as access to Chair 5/East Rim.
^Chair 8 relocation
The new lift is part of Whitefish Mountain Resort’s upgrade plan that also includes moving Chair 8 to a better location in Hellroaring Basin, and improved glading.
Looks like exciting times are ahead for Whitefish.
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